[SIGCIS-Members] Some responses re Lisa/Mac

Hansen Hsu hansnhsu at gmail.com
Thu Apr 27 13:33:55 PDT 2017

Couldn’t have said it better myself. This is a popular quip among Apple people.

Brian, given your personal experience using both Lisas and NeXTs, how would you compare the two?

> On Apr 27, 2017, at 12:31 PM, Brian Dear <brian at platohistory.org> wrote:
> One could argue that Hansen’s conclusion that “they stayed afloat long enough to get acquired by Apple for their technology” is a rather large understatement. NeXTSTEP’s DNA quickly permeated Apple’s Mac operating system to the degree that it essentially *became* the operating system (Mac OS X), which not only looked like NeXTSTEP (even down to the Dock on the desktop) but more importantly under the hood *was* for all intents and purposes NeXTSTEP with an upgraded Objective-C code base. Even today, any seasoned Mac or IOS developer is intimately familiar with a vast library of function calls that start with the letters NS.
> I have often quipped that in many ways, it was *NeXT* that acquired Apple, not the other way around, and to do so for a mere $400 million, was perhaps the best “acquisition" in history . . . 

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