Harry writes: "Most folks think that Microsoft Office's Clippy, Microsoft Bob, and Windows XP's Search Assistant dog were perverse jokes--but a dozen years' worth of patent filings shows that Microsoft took the concept of animated software "helpers" really, really seriously, even long after everyone else realized it was a bad idea. And the drawings those patents contain are weirdly fascinating."
Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings:
(7) Well, it's an excellent idea, but it would make the compilers too
hard to write.