Xerox-parc



xerox parc

/zee’roks park’/ xerox corporation’s palo alto research center.
for more than a decade, from the early 1970s into the mid-1980s, parc yielded an astonishing volume of ground-breaking hardware and software innovations. the modern mice, windows, and icons (wimp) style of software interface was invented there. so was the laser printer and the local-area network; smalltalk; and parc’s series of d machines antic-p-ted the powerful personal computers of the 1980s by a decade. sadly, the prophets at parc were without honour in their own company, so much so that it became a standard joke to describe parc as a place that specialised in developing brilliant ideas for everyone else.
the stunning shortsightedness and obtusity of xerox’s top-level suits has been well described in the reference below.
[“fumbling the future: how xerox invented, then ignored, the first personal computer” by douglas k. smith and robert c. alexander (william morrow & co., 1988, isbn 0-688-09511-9)].
[jargon file]
(1995-01-26)
xerox palo alto research center

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