Difficult Waffles

Comparison of sizes of semiconductor manufacturing process nodes with some microscopic objects and visible light wavelengths.

By Cmglee [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], from Wikimedia Commons

When I was a kid, I loved computers. Video games and computers were just getting started. They were full of promise, and how this was going to be great. Just keep the cursor moving, racing the beam, and we know we will all be some place beyond imagination. So fast!

How fast? Doubling every year. Year after year, we could expect great things.

Max Roser and Hannah Ritchie (2018) - “Technological Progress”. Published online at OurWorldInData.org. Retrieved from: 'https://ourworldindata.org/technological-progress' [Online Resource]

So much work to be done, on those primitive machines, to get where we wanted to be. But it was quite gratifying. A small space can be frustrating, but any improvement is big progress. My small kitchen looks like the picture of despair when it gets messy, but it takes only a short while to clean up again. Small is often beautiful.

So they got better.

The Smalltalk issue. Oh my God. That was mind-blowing. Larry Tesler, Bruce Horn, Alan Kay, Susan Kare, Bill Atkinson… Seriously, these names. I didn't have a rock band poster on my wall. I had the Macintosh Design Team.