NBOR: Morphic, sans Smalltalk

Aaron J Reichow reic0024 at d.umn.edu
Sat Jan 17 09:06:00 UTC 2004

On Fri, 16 Jan 2004, Joshua 'Schwa' Gargus wrote:

> Looks like there might be some interesting ideas in there.
> Unfortunately, it was difficult to tell immediately because the
> introductory media was so verbose and the UI still rough in many
> places.  The "special, limited time price" of $150 is pretty steep for
> what you it seems you get at first impression.  It certainly isn't yet
> an enviroment that enables me to fluently express and manipulate
> ideas.
> If you hear them tell it, there isn't too much imitation involved:
> "1500 claims in 60 patents".  Seems like they're trying to stake out
> the area pretty broadly; hopefully they really are trying to create
> "the most intuitive system ever created for operation a computer",
> rather than trying to make a quick buck.

I agree. The regular price of $300 seems a bit much for a Morphic-like
enviornment that doesn't have programming capabilities.  Some aspects seem
a bit more polished, but a lot are far below Squeak.  From my own
experience and from what I've read of others, the app is pretty prone to

Let's just hope they don't catch wind of Squeak and try to pull some lame
ass IP patent stunts...


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