[JDEV] Jabber Client Design Tutorial

Jens Alfke jens at mac.com
Mon Sep 24 16:14:03 CDT 2001


On Monday, September 24, 2001, at 01:00 PM, Rikard Linde wrote:

> [Jef] Raskin is the guy who designed the Macintosh

This is way, way off-topic, but Raskin did not design the Macintosh. He 
was the one who originally proposed and championed building a small, 
all-in-one, easy-to-use "appliance" computer with a GUI, and he gave it 
its name. But he left Apple in '81 or '82, years before the Mac shipped, 
and he didn't play much of a role in the actual engineering or HI design 
of the Mac product.

I haven't read Raskin's book, but most of the other things I've read by 
him give me the impression he's a rather embittered guy with a lot of 
ideas that I, frankly, consider pretty wacko. If I'm going to read 
manifestoes by user-interface cranks, I'll take Ted Nelson any day -- 
his "Computer Lib / Dream Machines" totally changed my life in 1979.

—Jens
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