Slashdot is powered by your submissions, so send in your scoop


Forgot your password?

Submission + - Xerox Alto Source Code Released To Public-> 1 1

zonker writes: In 1970 the Xerox Corporation established the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) with the goal to develop an “architecture of information” and lay the groundwork for future electronic office products. The pioneering Alto project that began in 1972 invented or refined many of the fundamental hardware and software ideas upon which our modern devices are based, including raster displays, mouse pointing devices, direct-manipulation user interfaces, windows and menus, the first WYSIWYG word processor, and Ethernet.

The first Altos were built as research prototypes. By the fall of 1976 PARC’s research was far enough along that a Xerox product group started to design products based on their prototypes. Ultimately ~1500 were built and deployed throughout the Xerox Corporation, as well as at universities and other sites. The Alto was never sold as a product but its legacy served as inspiration for the future.

With the permission of the Palo Alto Research Center, the Computer History Museum is pleased to make available, for non-commercial use only, snapshots of Alto source code, executables, documentation, font files, and other files from 1975 to 1987. The files are organized by the original server on which they resided at PARC that correspond to files that were restored from archive tapes. An interesting look at retro-future.

Link to Original Source

Comment Re:Interesting but wrong (Score 3, Informative) 239 239

[Citation Required]

Took all of a 5 seconds to find the article on C|net's own site to find this which shows Siri on a 3GS and 4:

But I'm sure you've heard of Google too. Derp.

Comment War on Terror, Signals Intelligence, Spying... (Score 0) 674 674

I'm curious how long before the Defense Department wants to add Watson to Echelon. This is just the kind of thing that would be perfect for trying to understand context in communications to determine the difference between a normal conversation and one of terrorists...

Sometimes, too long is too long. - Joe Crowe