"Why use old computers and operating systems?"

There's a lot here I can relate to. I'll add that there's an overall charm to them that's a lot more than nostalgia for me

This struck home:
"Because I see computing as an interest, a hobby and a passion, I don’t like to use computers and operating systems that I don’t enjoy using, in the same way that somebody who enjoys literature isn’t interested in reading literature that they think is poorly written."


@cypnk Also in this article:

> "To me, the most glaring example is HyperCard, a revolutionary application for the Macintosh which literally does not exist on modern operating systems. If you’ve never used it, it’s hard to appreciate just how incredible it was, but imagine if spreadsheet programs like Microsoft Excel stopped being developed and eventually just disappeared"

I never used HyperCard so don't know what I'm missing, but if HyperCard is so cool, how come nobody recreated it as FOSS?


@Coffee I'm guessing a combination of time, resources, motivation, and possibly patents

The patent for what became HyperCard was called "Search/retrieval system " and was held by Paul Henckel. It only expired in 2005: patents.google.com/patent/US47

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@cypnk Do you think people might have mostly forgotten about HyperCard by 2005? 16 years is a long time to write a program, if many people feel it is missing.

@Coffee Other systems came to completely dominate the transfer and sorting of knowledge like spreadsheets. Even the FOSS world would follow with some degree of familiarity

It's that VHS vs Betamax thing again. People forgot Betamax and then went on to DVD from VHS and never looked back

They didn't forget, but HyperCard was gone for many iterations of other tech that was almost as good together. Not one solution had it all at once, but workflows long since evolved for multiple tools

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