From time to time I search throughout the Internet to look for historical movies/documents about old computing machines or old software. These movies have been available for a long time – I just want to remember them again.
You may search for “Personal Computing_ Historic Beginnings” a key note held by Alan Kay about the history of invention of Personal Computing.
Several movies are from the Digibarn computer museum about old Xerox systems:
A music system called “Mockingbird” – running on a Dorado.
And here a movie about the final (pretty entertaining) demo in the year 1998 of the Xerox Star.
At Digibarn you will find several additional videos about Alto and all those old Xerox machines.
After seeing all these movies and texts around these historical machines I send eMails to Georg Heeg and Cincom if it would be possible to publish old Smalltalk-80 implementation free for personal use – just to make sure, that this material is not getting lost (e.g. the implementation for Atari-ST and perhaps an old version for the PC). I also ask if it would be possible to get a runnable system with the Analyst programmed in Smalltalk in the eighties.