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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.

And now the HP sales guy is going off on voice controlled computers, and everyone else just kind of side eyes him.

I'm really enjoying #computerchronicles

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.)

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.

Oh snap, I didn't realize John was a Former VP at apple when he came on the show.

He's talking about a thing he helped build, but is no longer involved with.

I think that means he's genuinely proud of the LISA.

I need to look in to him some more.

Oh man! We have a VISICalc guy demoing the VISI On GUI

IIRC, Visi On had crazy DRM that prevented it from being well preserved.

I'll have to dig around and see if that's still the case.

@bhtooefr It was Toastytech where I originally read about the DRM. Glad to know that didn't doom the software to obscurity.

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@ajroach42 DRM tends to work on business and educational software, too, so cracking it for preservation is of the highest priority.

AFAIK @a2_4am@twitter.com's Apple II cracking project started as a way to preserve games that had only been preserved in a tampered state (crack screens, missing content to fit into space constraints, and even sometimes partial cracks), but quickly focused on cracking stuff that had never been preserved.

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