If you are using Windows, OSX or any Linux graphical interface you are using the product of a groundbreaking project from the early 70’s, the Xerox Alto. The Alto was the first computer designed around a graphical user interface and introduced Ethernet and the laser printer to the world.
This article published on Ken Shirriff’s blog talks about the Alto and its impact in the modern computing industry. It also shows the restoration process of a unit belonging to Y Combinator.
“How did Y Combinator end up with a Xerox Alto? Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator has a strong interest in the Alto and its place in computer history. When he mentioned to Alan Kay that it would be fun to see one running, Alan gave him one.”
It is well-worth reading it! Just follow the link below.
Link: Ken Shirriff’s blog