HCIL Demo - HyperTIES Browsing

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Uploaded on 05/15/2010

Demo of NeWS based HyperTIES authoring tool, by Don Hopkins, at the University of Maryland Human Computer Interaction Lab.

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By DonHopkins    2018-05-21

Here’s a demo of HyperTIES with pop-out embedded menus:

HCIL Demo - HyperTIES Browsing: Demo of NeWS based HyperTIES authoring tool, by Don Hopkins, at the University of Maryland Human Computer Interaction Lab.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZi4gUjaGAM

A funny story about the demo that has the photo of the three Sun founders whose heads puff up when you point at them:

When you point at a head, it would swell up, and you pressed the button, it would shrink back down again until you released the button again.

HyperTIES had a feature that you could click or press and hold on the page background, and it would blink or highlight ALL of the links on the page, either by inverting the brightness of text buttons, or by popping up all the cookie-cut-out picture targets (we called them “embedded menus”) at the same time, which could be quite dramatic with the three Sun founders!

Kind of like what they call “Big Head Mode” these days! https://www.giantbomb.com/big-head-mode/3015-403/

I had a Sun workstation set up on the show floor at Educom in October 1988, and I was giving a rotating demo of NeWS, pie menus, Emacs, and HyperTIES to anyone who happened to walk by. (That was when Steve Jobs came by, saw the demo, and jumped up and down shouting “That sucks! That sucks! Wow, that’s neat. That sucks!”)

The best part of the demo was when I demonstrated popping up all the heads of the Sun founders at once, by holding the optical mouse up to my mouth, and blowing and sucking into the mouse while secretly pressing and releasing the button, so it looked like I was inflating their heads!

One other weird guy hung around through a couple demos, and by the time I got back around to the Emacs demo, he finally said “Hey, I used to use Emacs on ITS!” I said “Wow cool! So did I! What’s was your user name?” and he said “WNJ”.

It turns out that I had been giving an Emacs demo to Bill Joy all that time, then popping his head up and down by blowing and sucking into a Sun optical mouse, without even recognizing him, because he had shaved his beard!

He really blindsided me with that comment about using Emacs, because I always thought he was more if a vi guy. ;)

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