Re: Anybody got a non-working Lisa (1) to dump?

From: tommoni <tommoni_at_email.domain.hidden>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2008 08:21:43 +0200

Hi David!

nice to hear from you :-)

Hey, that's right. The XEROX Star! Sorry I forgot. I think I must have been on another planet that time ;-) Personally I know nobody here in Europe, who owned or still ownes a Star. My knowledge: The company sold that computer in Germany, I believe they named it Xerox Office System, but I'm not quite shure about.

I saw the original system a few years ago, when I visited a guy, who has a huge collection and he fired it up to let me "work" and "play" with the computer. I remember the function-keys for print and copy, which seems funny and extraordinaire to me... This (european) version I saw, had a terminal-keyboard and a two- button mouse

by the way: Koenig Ludwig was the last bavarian King, not a "simply" Graf, but that could be a mistake caused by babelfish, I guess you visited his castle New Schwanstein a few decades ago. If I remember, you were in Wuerzburg that time, or did I mix that with someone elses biography

greetings TOM from Bavaria, the center of europe, the marvellous castles of Koenig Ludwig e.g. Neuschwanstein and last but not least the original Oktoberfest, which starts in a few weeks!

Am 01.08.2008 um 03:11 schrieb Shirl:

> Guten Tag Herr Tom von Bayern (der Landt des Neuschwannstein und
> Graf von
> Ludwig II),
>> This [Lisa] is the first commercial computer on this planet using
>> the GUI
> Please do not forget the XEROX STAR which was a commercial computer
> introduced in 1981 that had a very nice GUI interface.
> Though it cost quite a bit (around $30,000 minimum) it had some
> very nice
> features and its underlying software architecture was many years in
> advance
> of other architectures (including some parts of the Lisa). The Star
> could
> not sit on a desk, it was really ment to be placed beside a desk.
> It used 8"
> floppy disks (believe it had 2 disk drives) and a hard drive,
> believe was
> around 10-30 MB in size, 3 button mouse, large bit-mapped monitor,
> desktop
> metaphor (though drag-and-drop was not an integral part of the
> desktop),
> very nice fonts, laser printing, and networking.
> Tschuess
> - David Craig

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