- Aug 17, 2017
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Read on, Revisiting Apple’s ill-fated Lisa computer, 40 years onForty years ago today, a new type of personal computer was announced that would change the world forever. Two years later, it was almost completely forgotten. The Apple Lisa started in 1978 as a new project for Steve Wozniak. The idea was to make an advanced computer using a bit-slice processor, an early attempt at scalable computing. Woz got distracted by other things, and the project didn’t begin in earnest until early 1979. That’s when Apple management brought in a project leader and started hiring people to work on it. Lisa was named after Steve Jobs’ daughter, even though Jobs denied the connection and his parentage. But the more interesting thing about the Lisa computer was how it evolved into something unique: It was the first personal computer with a graphical user interface (GUI).