* Posts by pelicanmike

1 post • joined 24 Jan 2013

Happy birthday, Lisa: Apple's slow but heavy workhorse turns 30

pelicanmike

I worked on developing some of the first accounting software for the UK market in conjunction with the UK Launch of the Lisa.

It is easy to dismiss the Lisa as a brief blip on the Apple calendar but at the time it was seen as completely revolutionary.

We worked on the Apple stand at the which? computer show in Birmingham for three days demonstrating our software. For the entire time, there was a massive queue of people wanting to see the new system in action. After three days of delivering demos I literally couldn't talk (unbelievable I know).

The Lisa was an important evolution in the Personal Computer Market. Some features we have come to take for granted, were first introduced by the Lisa project (with obvious credit going to work also carried out at Xerox).

The delays in the project did indeed allow IBM / Microsoft to gain a dominant position in the market place. Here we are 30 years later and the technology landscape has changed beyond even the wildest imaginings of all involved in the industry back then, I remember having conversations about the 3.5inch floppy disk and asking "whatever next?".

Happy birthday Lisa

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