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challenged everyone. A lot came out of them. It was an interesting approach. As various things came up, people would say, ‘I can do that.’ We talked about MAX and how to access it. I said I did something similar at SRI and I’m sure I can do it here. That’s how it happens. You just go do it. What you lack in technology or proper materials, you make up for with will and commitment. You somehow make it happen.” John Smith recalled writing his thesis on the Alto system using Bravo text editor [invented and written at PARC]. “I’ve had two ‘a-ha!’ experiences in my life,” John told English. “Using a Macintosh was one. But the first was using Bravo. Here I was editing on screen!

personal computer. There were a central set of displays that generated video, then a TV set and a keyboard. So at PARC, I put together a video terminal system that ran individual work stations on MAX to give the user high speed access. We used that until it was replaced by Alto.” When English saw my slightly glazed look, he smiled and went on. “If something needs doing,” he explained patiently, “you sort of look at it. At PARC, we’d get in a group and talk about it. Those seminars, with all of us gathered around in the bean chairs, always had a topic. The sessions were informal, but they

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