Marvin Minsky on User Interfaces

A computer is like a violin. You can imagine a novice trying first a phonograph and then a violin. The latter, he says, sounds terrible.

GMail Beta Version

The Beta labeling on software products has gradually lost its initial meaning, because software is no longer distributed as a physical product, rather as a service, which means that all versions are beta or final.

Xerox Star

The main elements of the desktop graphical interface have been around for many years, but it was Xerox Star the first integrated effort that created a comprehensive and useful desktop computer.