Interview wtth inventor of hypercard Bill Atkinson

Richmond Mathewson richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Fri Oct 20 14:51:04 EDT 2017


Ah widnae channer owermuch anent that Sudron is thon secont leid,
monie o us hae it as war secont leid, forbye.

I would not fuss a lot that English is your second language,
a lot of us have it as our second language as well.

An, eftir monie a towmond abune the Kinrick, Ah mynd Bulgarian
is mair ma secont leid than the Sudron! Eftir aa, its mair yaisefou
intil the gates oh ma life juist nou.

And, after many years outwith the "UK", Bulgarian is fast becoming
my second language instead of English. It is, after all, more useful
in my daily life at present.

Ah fair forjeskit that aa this has tae be in Sudron, as that leid is in 
ma hairns,
but insnae in ma hairt.

Richmond.

On 10/20/17 9:20 pm, Alejandro Tejada via use-livecode wrote:
> Hi All,
>
> Being English my second language, frequently I have to
> read again (and reread some time after) many of the
> messages that I post in the mail list and in the forum.
>
> In the forum, we could simply edit, reedit and edit again
> any message until it means what we meant... but in the
> mail list that is not possible.
>
> After reading again my message about the origin of HyperCard,
> I found that it's easy, very easy, to understand that in my
> message I am dismissing Bill Atkinson's breakthrough as
> an intentional copy of previous works.
>
> That was NOT my intention. If Bill Atkinson says the he
> invented HyperCard under the effects of LSD, then we have
> to believe him... but when you read about any topic, it's logical
> and necessary to learn and analyze other people's opinions.
>
> I already written about Walter Cooke and Paul Helckel opinions,
> so here is my own opinion:
>
> HyperCard was so successful as an innovative breakthrough
> because it followed the natural path of technological
> progress. Hypercard was the next step in
> computer advancement.
>
> Who is credited with the conceptual foundation of HyperText?
> Vannevar Bush with his description of the "Memex":
> http://www.archivejournal.net/notes/as-we-may-now-think/
>
> While Vannever Bush described a mechanical device,
> electronic engineers where already creating the foundations
> of computer science and demonstrating that numbers could
> represent and store texts, images and sounds:
> http://royal.pingdom.com/2008/04/08/the-history-of-computer-data-storage-in-pictures/
>
> After the creation of text-only hypertext systems,
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypertext
> Which was the next logical step in technological
> progress?
>
> The creation of an Image and Text hypertext system.
> On Macintosh, it's name was HyperCard.
>
> Al
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