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[ih] hypertext, was FTP Design

;-)  yea a few years ago, in the course of a discussion some 
professor said to me, "But weren't you really impressed the first 
time you saw the web?"  To which I replied, "no, I thought, 'O, gee 
it is nice to see them getting back to doing what Englebart was doing 
20 years ago.'"

Similarly, back in the 80s, I saw Larry Smarr give a talk here in 
Boston about what NCSA was doing and was struck (positively) how they 
were working on the same supercomputing problems that we had been 
with IlliacIV in the early 70s, but where we were trying to generate 
graphics, they were doing animations, etc.

It was kind of neat.

At 12:18 -0700 2012/07/03, Dave Crocker wrote:
>On 7/3/2012 11:48 AM, Tony Finch wrote:
>>John Levine <johnl at iecc.com> wrote:
>>>Ted Nelson has been trying to implement his Xanadu model of hypertext
>>>since about 1969 when he did some work on a 7090 with punch cards.
>>Another key person is Doug Engelbart. This paper from 1995 compares the
>>web against his 1990 "essential elements of an open hyperdocument system":
>Engelbart's 1968 demo of the Augmentation Research Center's NLS 
>capability was pretty astonishing.  It wasn't an idea; it was a demo:
>   http://sloan.stanford.edu/mousesite/1968Demo.html
>For our current thread, especially note Clip 7, which demonstrates 
>NLS' text-based linking mechanism. Clips 8 and 10 are pretty good 
>about linking, too.
>Then remember that this was 1968...
>As you watch it, keep in mind how often we hear people today say "no 
>one had any idea how all this would develop."
>  Dave Crocker
>  Brandenburg InternetWorking
>  bbiw.net