I am seriously so excited about this show, and I'm learning so much.
HP 150 - an HP with a touch screen, and an electronic roledex in 1983.
Also, they just put this guys phone number, area code and all, on blast right up on the screen.
This HP salesman is actually doing a good job selling a device with software well integrated to a touch screen.
And Gary follows up asking "do you foresee the touchscreen replacing the keyboard?" and he's kind of smug about how no one is going to re-write their software to interact with a touchscreen.
(I type, with an onscreen keyboard.)
Oooh, Gary is throwing all kinds of shade.
Talking about arm fatigue. Talking about how slow touchscreen interaction is.
But the key takeway remains tight hardware/software integration, which is sorely missing.
This HP has a printer built in to the monitor.
It uses a 3.5" floppy, has an integrated touchscreen, and a built in printer.
I wonder what OS it uses.
The IBM dinosaur is talking about LANs and how important they will be in the future.
And they Gary jumps in and says, essentially "Yes networking, but not just LANs. LANs are complicated and expensive", and then describes, more or less, the internet.
I really like Gary.
Looks like the HP 150 used an 8088, and was not PC compatible.
Ran a custom DOS version. The touchscreen was infrared based, and the computer was "difficult to program" according to BYTE magazine.
On to Episode 2! (I'm going to continue liveblogging.)
oooh! Apple Lisa!
I still love Gary, just FYI. He's the best.
Gary just name dropped Allen Kay and smalltalk.
Okay, here's a LISA engineer talking about seeing high resolution graphics at Xeorx back in the 70s.
And the LISA guy is talking smack about the software limitations of the Xerox star (and with good reason, IMO.)
Man, this John guy from the LISA team is pretty fun.
He's a nerd, and he believes in his product, and I think that's great.
Gary's here talking smack again. He has a strong vision for computing.
Man, the LISA is way snappier than I expected, even with a lot of programs open.