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.
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.