Electronic/World Wide Web>Internet Article:  Binstock, Alan (2012/07/10), Interview with Alan Kay, Retrieved on 2021-01-28
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    28 JAN 2021

     Computing is Pop Culture without History

    Binstock: You seem fastidious about always giving people credit for their work. Kay: Well, I'm an old-fashioned guy. And I also happen to believe in history. The lack of interest, the disdain for history is what makes computing not-quite-a-field. Binstock: You once referred to computing as pop culture. Kay: It is. Complete pop culture. I'm not against pop culture. Developed music, for instance, needs a pop culture. There's a tendency to over-develop. Brahms and Dvorak needed gypsy music ba...
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    29 JAN 2021

     Web Browsers Shouldn't Have Features

    Kay: Go to a blog, go to any Wiki, and find one that's WYSIWYG like Microsoft Word is. Word was done in 1984. HyperCard was 1989. Find me Web pages that are even as good as HyperCard. The Web was done after that, but it was done by people who had no imagination. They were just trying to satisfy an immediate need. There's nothing wrong with that, except that when you have something like the Industrial Revolution squared, you wind up setting de facto standards — in this case, really bad de fa...
    Folksonomies: computing
    Folksonomies: computing
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    Features should come from the objects they invoke from web sites.