Thursday, May 15, 2008

ALTO: A Personal Computer

Most of us know what the ALTO was and how it impacted the history of the personal computer.  What most of us don't know (I certainly didn't), is how the ALTO's design enabled the subsequent revolution.  From a document I found last night:

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Read the full document here:

http://research.microsoft.com/lampson/25-Alto/25-Alto.pdf

Did you know that one of the found members of PARC, Butler Lampson, works at Microsoft Research?  I would love to buy this guy a cup of coffee and listen to his stories...

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