Episode 70 - The oN-Line System, Part 2

    Advent of Computing 11/29/2021

11/29/2021

NLS, or the oN-Line System, is often looked at as a mile marker in the development of modern computing. It was the first system to use a mouse, one of the first functional examples of hypertext, pioneered remote collaboration, and so much more. But how much do you know about NLS itself? In this series of episode I'm picking apart the system behind the legend.
In Part 2 we are looking at the development of NLS itself. Along the way we talk timesharing, strange custom hardware, and complex programming practices. Does NLS live up to the hype? You'll have to listen to find out.
Selected Sources:
https://dougengelbart.org/content/view/374/ - Go watch the Mother of All Demos
https://www.dougengelbart.org/content/view/140/ - 1968 NLS progress report
http://web.archive.org/web/20160210002938/https://web.stanford.edu/dept/SUL/library/extra4/sloan/mousesite/EngelbartPapers/B2_F5_ARNAS1.html - 1966 progress report

                        

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