Personal Dynamic Media Article

Jerry Bell jdbell at
Fri Apr 5 15:52:41 UTC 2002

Well, I don't have that one, but I do have a Xerox PARC Orange Book (well,
it >looks< orange) entitled Personal Dynamic Media.  It's stamped (c) 1976
in the front cover and is the greatest find my wife has made on Ebay to

I've been meaning to scan and post it for some time now.  I was afraid to
scan it for fear that it would come unbound.  Well, I went ahead and scanned
it this morning, and it did indeed unbind :( - but I guess I can always get
it professionally rebound.  

I just happen to be testing a new T1 line here, so I'm going to temporarily
make a PDF of the book available at - in a few
days I'll move it to a more permanent home on  Please let
me know if anyone has any problems accessing it. 

This is a really great little book and I'm sure that just about every
Squeaker out there will be interested in seeing it.  



> -----Original Message-----
> From: Daniel Erasmus [mailto:daniel at]
> Sent: Friday, April 05, 2002 1:03 AM
> To: squeak-dev at
> Subject: Personal Dynamic Media Article
> Hi,
> Does anyone know where I can get hold of a copy of the 
> following article:
> Alan Kay and Adele Goldberg, "Personal Dynamic Media," IEEE 
> Computer 10(3), 
> pp. 31-41 (March, 1977).
> I keep seeing it mentioned, and quoted, but I can find it 
> nowhere on the 
> net. For an article that, from the bits and pieces I have 
> been able to 
> read, so well describe what a computer should be, it is realy 
> strange that 
> it is so difficult to find.
> About the only piece I have found so far is:
> "enough power to outrace your senses of sight and hearing, 
> enough capacity 
> to store for later retrieval thousands of page- equivalents 
> of reference 
> material, poems, letter, recipes, records, drawings, 
> animations, musical 
> scores, waveforms, dynamic simulations, and anything else you 
> would like to 
> remember and change..."
> Thank you,
> Daniel 

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