Bill Buxton's Notes

This device was almost a good computer. It was probably too early to do what it was trying to do satisfactorily. But my sense was that the team who built it were not using it while they built it, and therefore did not appreciate the consequences of some of the decisions made. Communications were one of its supposed strong points, but even today we have problems logging in with pen-based systems unless the implementation is perfect. It showed great promise, and it was really informative to use as it evolved. However, in retrospect, trying to do less better may well have been a better tactic. Easy to say now, hard at the time. Drawing lines on paper is almost always easier than drawing lines in the sand of projects.