Square Dots »

Andy Hertzfeld has a nice little article on Folklore.org about the differences in the display technology used on the Lisa and the Mac

The square dots used on the 512×342 screen the Mac shipped with were a big break from the Lisa’s pixels, which were wider than they were tall. This made creating applications for the Mac’s GUI easier, as developers didn’t have to deal with accommodating the resolution disparity found on the Lisa.

That detail is where my blog got its name. And since it’s May 12, it seemed like a good time to bring it up.1


  1. Before you email me, I am aware that many people would write today’s date as 12/5/16 but I’m American, so today is 5/12 day in my heart.