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Sculley on missed opportunities

There's a pretty good interview on the ZDNet site with John Sculley, former CEO of Apple. Given what I've said before, I found this wee nugget particularly interesting:

I think one of the biggest missed opportunities… was Hypercard. It was created back in 1987 by Bill Atkinson, Apple's first software programmer. We could never figure out exactly what it was. We thought it was a prototyping tool. We thought it was a database tool. It was actually used by people as a front-end communications device for TCP/IP to connect the Internet to large Cray computers.

We weren't insightful enough to recognize that what we had inside of Hypercard, essentially, was everything that later was developed so successfully by Tim Berners-Lee with HTTP…

Oh well. They seem to be doing OK now… :-)

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