In article <335BAB74.458F@polaroid.com>, email@example.com wrote:
> If this experience is BS, what is the truth? Why _did_
> the Lisp machines die? People keep blaming "marketing", but
> did LMI/Symbolics founders not have enough smarts or the money
> to hire some good marketing people? I would doubt either
> of these two was the case.
> Or maybe the machines were just too expensive to produce,
> to be able to sell them successfully.
The very short answer is that Symbolics promised a 'Lisp Chip' within
a certain time frame that would bring the price down to the point of
being available to the masses, and they were many years late with this chip.
The chip itself wasn't all that complicated, but the politics surrounding
getting it funded certainly were.