strangest systems I've sent email from

Sean Conner spc at
Wed May 18 15:45:45 CDT 2016

It was thus said that the Great Fred Cisin once stated:
> On Wed, 18 May 2016, John Willis wrote:
> >Let's not forget that the bulk of the Apple Lisa operating system and
> >at least large parts of the original Macintosh system software were also
> >implemented in Pascal (though IIRC hand-translated into 68k assembly
> >language), which was a pretty big mainstream success for proving
> >Pascal as suitable for developing systems software.
> At the time, it was sometimes interpreted differently:
> "Apple hired brilliant people for the project.  BUT, they had so little 
> real-world experience that they didn't even realize what a mistake it 
> would be to write an OS in a high level language.  Apple had to rewrite it 
> in assembly for the Mac, to make it fast enough to be usable.  Is Steve 
> Jobs color blind?  He keeps trying to make machines with very high 
> resolution, but balck and white, and keeps trying to seal them off from 
> the rest of the world."    (- cHead)

  I thought the primary reason for the Pascal->hand assembly was more due to
memory contraints (64K ROM, 128K RAM for the original Mac) than actual
speed (although that too, was probably a concern).


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