The Lisa Computer System – Apple designs a new kind of machine (Feb, 1983)
Also check out this article from the same issue: A behind-the-scenes look at the development of Appleâ€™s Lisa.
Next week I have similar reviews coming for the Apple //e and the original Macintosh.
The Lisa Computer System – Apple designs a new kind of machine
Gregg Williams Senior Editor
I had an interesting conversation with an engineer on a recent flight from San Francisco to New York. He knew only a little about microcomputers, but he was aware that their presence is slowly becoming more common in the workplace. “Sure, the industry is healthy, but it’s still only reaching a few people,” he said. “Most people won’t use computers â€” they’re afraid of them, they don’t know what to use them for, or it’s too much trouble to use them. Before computers become really profitable, they’re going to have to be very easy to use. They have to be simpler. They’ve got to be useful in the office.”
He continued, “We’ve got to stop using paper â€” which means the computer has to do word processing, filing, electronic mail, everything â€” or it’ll be too much trouble having some things on the computer and others on paper. Then you’ve got to be able to talk to other computers â€” other computers like yours and some big corporate computer that’s halfway across the country. Sure, it’s a lot of stuff, but when you get all that together, then you’ll see computers really take off.”
A behind-the-scenes look at the development of Apple’s Lisa (Feb, 1983)
Also check out Byte’s review of the Lisa: The Lisa Computer System – Apple designs a new kind of machine (Feb, 1983)
An Interview with Wayne Rosing, Bruce Daniels, and Larry Tesler
A behind-the-scenes look at the development of Apple’s Lisa.
Chris Morgan Gregg Williams, Senior Editor Phil Lemmons, West Coast Editor
Of the more than 90 members of the Apple engineering staff who participated in the Lisa project, Wayne Rosing, Bruce Daniels, and Larry Tesler are three of those who were most responsible for its final form. Rosing, formerly of the Digital Equipment Company, oversaw hardware development until Lisa went into pilot manufacture and then assumed responsibility for technical management of the entire Lisa project. Daniels and Tesler were responsible for Lisa’s systems software and applications software, respectively. Chris Morgan, senior editor Gregg Williams, and West Coast editor Phil Lemmons interviewed the three at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, last October.
MOVIES NOW MADE FROM “BLUEPRINTS” (Jul, 1931)
Origin of the storyboard?
MOVIES NOW MADE FROM “BLUEPRINTS”
Motion picture directors now work from drawings when getting out a new picture. Before they start “shooting,” a set of sketches showing each scene in detail is made. They show how actors will stand or be grouped against backgrounds and how lighting effects will be arranged. On the margin of each sketch are notes or diagrams showing the number and arrangements of cameras to be used.
Cameramen, directors, and actors study these drawings, known as “pictorial continuity,” before going to work on the picture. When work starts, each one thus knows beforehand the requirements for each scene. Four hundred and twenty-eight of these drawings were made recently for a picture now under production in Hollywood.
Faith, Hope and Computer (Dec, 1961)
Why does it not surprise me that modern customized direct mail fund raising was invented by the Catholic church?
Faith, Hope and Computer
By Donald Young
Aided by the most sophisticated use of ultramodern electronic data processing equipment, the world’s most efficient, most effective direct mail operation is used to raise funds for the charitable activities sponsored by the Society of the Divine Savior, an order of the Catholic Church dating back to 1881. These charities include the support of seven American seminaries, numerous foreign missions, three Southern Negro missions and five American Indian missions.
Cordless phone (Nov, 1970)
Well, it is cordless. I doesn’t look all that convenient to tote around though.
Shown in its recharging tray (immediate right), the Satellite Phone communicates via radio to a transponder (center), which is connected to the phone line. Transmitter and receiver built into a phone (far right) make it cordless. It’s $395 with charger from Keltner Research, 2126 S. Kalamath, Denver, Colo. 80223.