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Date:      Sun, 10 May 2020 00:03:35 +0200
From:      Ralf Mardorf <>
Subject:   Re: Microsoft Teams for Linux
Message-ID:  <20200510000335.340c1876@archlinux>
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On Sat, 9 May 2020 21:49:39 +0100, Steve O'Hara-Smith wrote:
>The factors driving the rise of the home and small business
>microprocessor based computer was the availability of microprocessors
>and associated components and Moore's law. There were plenty of people
>in the game, someone else would have risen to the top.

Exactly, for example:

"The Xerox Alto is the first computer designed from its inception to
support an operating system based on a graphical user interface (GUI),
later using the desktop metaphor.[7][8] The first machines were
introduced on 1 March 1973,[9] a decade before mass-market GUI machines
became available." -

"Alan Kay (one of the inventors of Smalltalk) also described a tablet
computer he called the Dynabook
[ ] which resembles modern tablet
computers like the iPad." -

The know how and the ideas existed, the IC chips became better and
less expensive. A lot of people are business experts. Somebody else
would have taken the chance to rush into this business. It would have
been no problem without a Bill or Steve.

It's not that likely that without Albert, somebody else's theories
related to time, would be useful in the field, for technology such
as GPS.

Bill and Steve are most likely easy to replace by thousands of business
wo/men, Albert and similar people are unlikely easy to replace by
somebody else.

FWIW off-list I got a hint referring to the OP ;). Perhaps it's better
to care about this hint and to discontinue this thread.

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