Chromebook deployment...

Roger Eller roger.e.eller at
Sat Oct 31 14:19:46 EDT 2015

While multifinder was pausing an application to bring another application
to the foreground, the Amiga computer was already doing true
multi-tasking.  It still makes me sad that the management of Commodore had
no idea of what they were selling, and therefore could not market it
properly.  Even in video processing, the first mac was bitmap black &
white, PCs were achieving 16 colors, and the Amiga had pre-photoshop like
software displaying 4096 colors using their proprietary HAM mode (hold and


On Sat, Oct 31, 2015 at 12:37 PM, Colin Holgate <colinholgate at>

> Although some pages mention a system 5, there wasn’t one. Here’s a list of
> system releases and dates that seems correct:
> <
> Before System 6 came out the System and Finder had different version
> numbers, with Finder being a higher number. System 4.2 kinda had
> multifinder, but it didn’t last long before 4.3 came out. There was a
> significant change in System 6.0, previously developers had to code both a
> WaitNextEvent and GetNextEvent, to cope with whether the Mac was running
> multifinder or not. In 6.0 WaitNextEvent was made compatible with
> non-multifinder, and so developers could remove the case statements.
> Microsoft was one such developer that did that, and so their version of
> Word to support System 6.0 would not work on earlier versions. 6.0 had
> issues, and was quickly replaced with 6.0.1, but that was US only, it took
> some time until it was localized (localised), and eventually there was a
> 6.0.2 release. People in Europe, or at least the UK (where I was working
> for Apple at the time) were up in arms about the delay in getting a release
> that could run the new version of Word.
> One small claim to fame I have is that I was the first person anywhere to
> be running System 7 full time. I stayed with it from alpha 9, the System 7
> team themselves didn’t start using it full time until alpha 11. When System
> 7 was released (I had been using it for about 18 months by then) I was
> doing a presentation at an education conference, and someone asked: “will
> System 7 have the issues that System 6 had when it was first released?”. I
> answered: “it will be just as compatible!”. It wasn’t either helpful or
> accurate, but the audience were amused!
> On the general topic of Apple following Microsoft and vice versa, when
> System 8 came out the Apple reps were raving about it, but I was able to
> make a list of 11 of the new great features that already existed in Windows.
> > On Oct 31, 2015, at 11:20 AM, Dr. Hawkins <dochawk at> wrote:
> >
> >
> > The win95 interfaces was basically the multifinder (system 5, 1987) with
> a
> > pair of $30 shareware extensions (be hierarchic and I forget the other
> one)
> > with the apple menu dropped to the booth of the screen and renamed start.
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