Meet your desktop’s ancestors: AT&T exhumes footage of the Bell Blit (video)

Meet your desktop's ancestors: AT&T exhumes footage of the Bell Blit (video)

AT&T’s video archives are wealthy seams of juicy historic tidbits, and at present’s providing is a wonderful instance. It is sharing footage of the Bell Blit, a graphic interface that Bell Labs developed after being impressed by the Xerox Alto. Initially named the Jerq, it was created by Rob Pike and Bart Locanthi to have the identical usability because the Alto, however with “the processing energy of a 1981 pc.” Watch, because the narrator marvels at with the ability to use a number of home windows directly, enjoying Asteroids whereas his debugging software program runs within the background on that futuristic inexperienced-and-black show. The subsequent time we get irritated that Crysis is not operating as quick as you’d prefer it to, simply keep in mind how dangerous the geeks of yesteryear had it.

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