Thursday, October 06, 2011

Full fathom five, thy father lies

Apple Lisa
As I recall, the Apple Lisa we sold out of Beacon Microcenter in Ames, Iowa shipped with SCO Xenix and our sales staff had to make a big deal about "Yes, Xenix really is Unix." I knew as much when I first heard those SCO daemons chuckling softly to themselves. A new experience for me, but if Linus Torvalds did not exist, it would have been necessary to invent him.

This was back in the Eighties, after the death of SOS /// (which couldn't support Corvus networks without picking up aviation radio signals and crashing in financial ruin), before the  1984 girl hit our screens with the revolutionary Mac.  All Steve Jobs, whose vested interest in forgetting about Lisa is a bit murky, at best.

Unlike the real Apple innovators (Steve "Woz" Wozniak, Andy Herzfeld, at al.), who could be optioned into obscurity, SCO's claims to bits of the Apple venture were owned by the California Board of Regents.  Jobs dissociated himself from failure faster than a speeding bullet.



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