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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.