December 09, 2002
Daniel Weinreb on Symbolics' decision to buy instead of build the keys for their keyboards:
We made our own monitor electronics, our own laser-printer electronics, we wrote the microcode, we wrote the operating system, and so on, but making our own keys was, finally, below the level of abstraction that demarked our build/buy line. We were really, really crazy, but we were not really, really, really, really crazy.
Troutgirl: "I worry a lot about whether handwork has lost all value in the modern age."
Posted by jjwiseman at December 09, 2002 11:12 PM
well, at least software is still handmade ;)
No, making software by hand is a lost art. Nowadays people just know how to make source code.
well, at least source code is still handmade ;)
No, making source code by hand is a lost art. Nowadays people just know how to use text editors or code generators to make source code.
OK, so maybe I will give in and quote a bit of another Weinreb message discussing why they never started working on the "S"-type lisp machine: "...I think by that time it was clear that the whole custom-hardware concept had, as Tolkien puts it, 'diminished, and gone into the East'."
I want a Meta key!
Hell, I want a Hyper, a Symbol and an Infinite keys!
Life has never been the same since I lost square, circle and triangle.
I have them on my Playstation, but I'd only get the points for running Lisp if I bought that "Jak and Daxter" game...