Alan Kay


I couldn’t read the article so…

Kay said: “People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.”

Kay really didn’t do either on his own, he was the leader of a team. Despite the fact that I’m a former Xerox employee and used an Alto on a daily basis for years, Xerox never made any kind of personal computer product that was successful outside of Xerox. Kay is obviously a smart guy but he hasn’t really done anything of note since his Xerox days, just sort of a technical celebrity at companies like Atari, Apple, Disney and HP.

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