Why LispOS?

cosc19z5@bayou.uh.edu cosc19z5@bayou.uh.edu
Fri, 27 Mar 1998 23:46:22 -0600 (CST)

> >Byron Davies was also spot-on.  Better technology is worthless
> >unless it solves a real problem that creates significant value.
> >It's the application(s) that create the real value, and AI was
> >the application that carried Symbolics et al where they went.
> >Remember, Symbolics tried to keep selling the "old Lisp Machine".
> >Nobody was buying.  Simply cloning it would yeild the same fate.
>   My goal doesn't care one iota whether or not a LispOS would take
> over the world or not. I'm interested in it for my own enjoyment, pure
> and simple.

I would enjoy working on such a project since I would get to
code in Lisp, and I also would be developing something exciting
and different.  I would be contributing to the advancement of
computing in some way.  Ideas and thoughts would be made
concrete by implementation, and that is tremendously gratifying.

But to say that I don't care at all whether or not LispOS would
take over the world would not be quite true.  I would enjoy the
project every bit as much, but I also would like to see others
using it.  I would like to see it out there influencing the
course of events, and leading to other designs being based
upon it.  That's the second part of the joy, although the
first is vastly greater.


>   Unfortunately for this project, like Mr. Coleman, I too have been
> diverted from this work by a female. I'm getting hitched in October.
> Hmm, maybe M$ is sending women at us single guys to keep us from
> getting anything done! :-)

Hey, I'm single and I'm gonna write a LispOS -- do you hear me M$?
Send the women c/o Ahmed, in Houston, Texas!!! :)


>   Mike McDonald
>   mikemac@mikemac.com