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25 years of HyperCard—the missing link to the Web

I grew up in a box-centric culture at Apple. If I'd grown up in a network-centric culture, like Sun, HyperCard might have been the first Web browser. My blind spot at Apple prevented me from making HyperCard the first Web browser.

As the 25th anniversary of HyperCard approaches, ars technica takes a look back at the cool little program that could. I remember being a college freshman with my first Macintosh (Classic) in 1990 trying to figure out this desktop and GUI. HyperCard was instrumental in helping me understand this computing paradigm. Being able to put media and content on each Card and linking them into stacks.

Of course, as a comic book geek at the time, my first task was to catalog my collection. After some two months of effort, in between lectures, parties, and sleep, I finally had my first HyperCard array of my collection of New Mutants, Batman, and Grendel. I had fields for issue number, date, condition. How I longed for a way to capture an image of the actual book!

So on August 11, 2012, please join me in pouring one out for HyperCard which died in 2004 and its creator Bill Atkinson lamented the above-referenced quote to what it could have been.

HP brings back a classic!

HP 15c Limited Edition Scientific Calculator

Price: $99.99

Also new from HP, the limited edition 15c provides what scientists and engineers count on. This classic RPN calculator is up to 100x faster than its predecessor and features a unique production number and “limited edition” script, making it a great gift for collectors and technical professionals.

I was introduced to RPN logic and programming with an HP 11c back the summer of 1985 between seventh and eighth grade. I convinced my parents to buy me my own before high school and it was eventually stolen in my sophomore year. I've wanted a 15c ever since then. It's not often to lust after a 25 year piece of technology but this is it. If you've ever used one, you'd understand. The landscape form-factor, the crisply-beveled keys, the stack of three watch batteries that powered it, all contributed to the awesomeness. There's a link on the page to buy but it doesn't appear in their online store, yet.

Vintage examples sell for 2 to 5 times this cost on ebay so if this is re-issue is the same quality, then it's a bargain. I recognize the absurdity of paying $100 for a calculator that barely fits in my pocket in this day and age of smartphones and tablets, but this will be mine.