Artifact Details

Title

The Xerox Alto: A Personal Retrospective, lecture by Charles (Chuck) Thacker and Butler Lampson

Catalog Number

102695030

Type

Moving Image

Date

2001-06-04

Credits

Thacker, Charles (Chuck); Lampson, Butler W.

Publisher

NASA Ames Research Center

Place of Publication

Mountain View, CA, US

Dimensions

10" cassette

Format

Betacam SP

Copyright Holder

CHM

Description

From abstract: " Thirty years ago, the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center created, over a relatively short period, a paradigm shift in computing. Many of the technologies that make today's personal computers attractive, including high-quality graphical user interfaces, window systems, networked distributed computing, and laser printing, were mature technologies at PARC by the end of the '70s. The platform on which many of these technologies were developed was the Alto personal computer. Although small and slow by today's standards, the Alto's flexibility made it an ideal system for hardware and software experimentation. In this talk, Chuck Thacker and Butler Lampson describe a few of the applications and technologies the Alto enabled, as well as the exceptional working environment at PARC and the extraordinarily talented group of people who made it all happen."

Category

Lecture

Lot Number

X4842.2009