John Reynolds

Thank you for the details regarding Xerox and Apple timelines - I'd never seen those before and had bought the "Apple stole it" story.

Those days were an exciting time to be in UI design...

I worked for Tandy R&D back in 1985 on their GUI offering for the Tandy 1000 (a $500 computer with a floppy disk).

We "stole" from the Windows GUI design heavily (with Microsoft's blessing because Windows couldn't run without much more memory than our base offering). Some of our own design ideas showed up in Windows 3 - but they might have been invented independently.

At that time everyone "stole" from everyone - in large part because software could not be patented prior to 1984.

Everyone stands on someone else's shoulders - whether or not they know it.

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Thanks for the thought inducing article...

My takeaway is related to considering 'the ends justify the means' philosophy before engaging in discussions and deliberations with 'others' .

Helping those whose 'ends' are compatible with our own views might be a mistake if their 'means' sre unacceptable to us.

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The pandemic lockdowns forced us to go cold-turkey on work and many of us suffered withdrawals - confirming that we were addicted to work.

Our enforced abstinence from work cured us. We're in complete remission. Work in and of itself no longer makes us high.

Work should stay in its proper place. Unless compelled by others, we perform work to accomplish something that is of value to us. It can be pleasant or awful - but it's the result of the effort that really matters.

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John Reynolds

John Reynolds

To find consensus, you have to look for it.