Very interesting interview with Alan Kay.
And so, his conception of the World Wide Web was infinitely tinier and weaker and terrible. … You know, [HTML is] terrible and most people can’t see it. … It’s not really standardized because they’re up to HTML 5, and if you’ve done a good thing, you don’t keep on revving it and adding more epicycles onto a bad idea. We call this reinventing the flat tire. In the old days, you would chastise people for reinventing the wheel. Now we beg, “Oh, please, please reinvent the wheel.”
At least give us what Engelbart did, for Christ’s sake. But that’s the world we’re in. We’re in that world, and the more stuff like that world that is in that world, the more the world wants to be that way, because that is the weight of this redefining of the normal.
So, this is like less than what people got with Mac in 1984. Mac had a really good undo. It allowed you to explore things. The iPhone is basically giving one little keyhole, and if you do something wrong you actually go back out and start the app over again. Think about this. How stupid is this? It’s about as stupid as you can get. But how successful is the iPhone? It’s about as successful as you can get, so that matches you up with something that is the logical equivalent of television in our time.
Anyway, tons of thoughtful, informed stuff to ponder.