[ Moved to COFF ]
On Thu, 4 Aug 2022, Dan Cross wrote:
> It wasn't particularly notable, or at least didn't leave much of an
> impression; it presented a pretty "standard" (and primitive!)
> graphical experience. I believe it was monochrome, with amber
> on black.
It also ran on the Applix 1616, an Aussie designed and built 68000
system; it was pretty much ahead of its time.
This thread needs to move to COFF to continue - although my own story is
1/2 about BSD and the VAX.
On Thu, Aug 4, 2022 at 10:15 PM Al Kossow <aek(a)bitsavers.org> wrote:
> On 8/4/22 5:37 PM, Andrew Newman wrote:
> > There's a bunch of AED documentation online, including this...
> > http://www.bitsavers.org/pdf/aed/brochures/AED_767_Brochure_Jun82.pdf <
> I worked at AED before going to Apple, to stay sort of window related, the
> last project I worked on at AED was
> a VME and Qbus board set that was a complete color X terminal.
I had to chuckle when I read that. In the fall of '82 (I think), we got a
Smalltalk VM from PARC at UCB. Dave Unger, Ken Keller, and I - plus some
other folks in Patterson's systems seminar who's names I have since
forgotten, wrote a VM in C for the VAX/BSD. We used an AED512 and Keller's
graphics library from his thesis running over a 19.2 serial link as the
output. About a month after we had it running, a couple of us got to visit
PARC, and Peter Deutch showed us Smalltalk running on a Dorado. He ran his
hand with the mouse across the screen opening and closing a bunch of
windows randomly. We started laughing and Peter asked us what was so
funny. We told him what he did would have taken at least 5 minutes to
redisplay on BSD/VAX version.