The Flawed History of Graphical User Interfaces

Why innovation in computing has been stymied for decades

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The Lisa, Apple’s first shot at a clone of the Alto… was underpowered, overpriced, and failing at market.

“Worse is better” might have won, but it doesn’t need to keep winning.

Resident hypertext crank. Author of Big and Small Computing: Trajectories for the Future of Software. http://www.lord-enki.net

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