2020-04-18 16:49:05 UTC
"On a sweltering, smog-ridden Southern California Morning, a
vicious Santa Ana wind swept out of the hills, cleared the
sky and revealed the hidden mountains surrounding Anaheim"
[nasty stuff, that smog. Good work by the CARB and SCAQMD
to clean it up by the mid 90's]
"If the wind didn't excite the showgoers, they surely didn't
find much at this year's NCC that was more interesting except
possibly the irritation that many exhibitors displayed towards
the Japanese, who were there in force taking pictures of
everything they could see."
"Microsoft was stuck in the outdoor tents where there
was no air conditioning. Someone suggested that the makeshift
structure would be better for growing marijuana than anything
else. It was hot and oppressive."
"Apple was showing off its proprietary AppleNet LAN, hooking together
a number of Lisa personal computers for the first time."
"The Lisa fit right into the metaphor of the desktop that Apple
is heavily promoting. After writing a letter, the letter is
addressed and stuck into an envelope - 'The mouse licks the envelope'
said one of the Apple exhibitors - and then placed into an out-basket
to be 'mailed' to another Lisa on the network."
"We also wonder if Apple isn't carrying the desktop metaphor too far
in the lisa, after all aren't we trying to replace the current antiquated
office practices that involve such things as licking envelopes?"
"The most outrageous was the 380 megabyte 5 1/4 inch Winchestor from
Maxtor, which is located in San Jose, California. Imagine having to
use nearly 1000 floppies to back up the beast."
[source: google books]