[Oberon] Commercial system

Jack Johnson knapjack at gmail.com
Sat Feb 8 08:02:48 CET 2014

I'm not the person for the job, but I often think in those terms in
relationship to education.

Most of us, probably most of the people we admire, learned to do what they
do on hardware much more modest than my cell phone. It seems like with
Moore's law we should be able to put a Ceres workstation at the bottom of
every cereal box by now.

I certainly think there's value left in the tools and methodologies from
two decades ago, and the cost to provide the infrastructure to deliver that
education should have plummeted instead of skyrocketed.

I think there's both room and need for, shall we say, an Amish-inspired
workstation in the educational marketplace.

On Feb 7, 2014 5:24 PM, "Douglas G. Danforth" <danforth at greenwoodfarm.com>

> After reading the posts concerning the FPGA and Dr Wirth's
> recent work I would think that some enterprising you company
> would take up the torch and build a very inexpensive hardware/
> software system.  Someone like Steve Jobs (Apple).
> I mention Apple because I had the privilege of discussing with
> George Pake, in 1975/6, who was director of PARC
> (Palo Alto Research Center) why Xerox had not yet brought
> forth the Alto as a commercial product.  The short of his
> comments were "That's not our charter".
> It seems that for ETHZ, it also is not their charter.
> Surely there is someone reading this list who would be able
> to garner the resources and personal support necessary to
> confront the 'big guys', or at leased offer a nice alternative.
> -Doug Danforth
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