This is a very interesting episode, if you watch it, you can often draw paralells to todays reality, and can think back on what actually happened, and how long it has taken for some things. The interesting thing with many, and in particular this episode of Computer Chronicles, is that it could have been recorded last week, and still felt like a good report of current events. (Though of course some names needs changing, some screenshots would be flashier.. but the overall content and facts could be the same.) Like always when watching these videos I think; “Nothing changes, things change slowly, things move in circles, nothing is new under the sun.”
I just watched this video again, and had to add the above comment to it. Enjoy watching the video, for the first time, or again, and again. 2011-08-13 update
AT&T’s computer operating system is threatening to take over IBM’s MS-DOS dominance.
Guests: John Mashey, Bell Labs; Mark Sobell, Author; Bill Joy, Sun Microsystems; Doug Hartman, Hewlett Packard; Mike Denney, Basis; Gary Kildall, DRI
Products/Demos: File It, HP Integral PC, UNIX
Enjoy this video, from 1985.
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