strangest systems I've sent email from

Fred Cisin cisin at
Fri Apr 29 09:37:50 CDT 2016

On Fri, 29 Apr 2016, Chris Hanson wrote:
> I think both Lisa and Mac Smalltalk went to market, or at least to 
> academia and industry if they weren’t available as products.

I know that the Lisa went to market.     Sorta.
Well before public announcement, I played with one briefly in my cousin's 
office in Evans Hall (UCBerk).  I said that it was going to need some 
changes to be marketable.  (specifically including, "make it faster - 
did they really write those sections of the OS in Pascal?", narrower, 
cheaper, and "get rid of those silly floppies with the extra thumbprint 
slot".  "make up a team with experience other than theoretical to 
redesign it, make it faster, stupid simple, and so cheap that it could be 
sold for $500, so that you can sell it to yuppies and 'the rest of them' 
for $2000")

I wondered whether they would even try to market Smalltalk.

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