[Smaug] Dawn of Personal computing: West Coast Computer Faire

Peter Belew peterbe at sonic.net
Tue Apr 19 12:01:50 PDT 2011

I just found this page:


In those days, I was leaving Xerox PARC, working on a voice recognition project there, turned down an offer from Steve Jobs to develop software for the Apple ][, and then worked for IMSAI for a while.

At IMSAI I wrote the 8048 code for an 'intelligent keyboard' which could play music. The IMSAI in Matt Broderick's bedroom in "War Games" had such a keyboard. After IMSAI, I built an S-100 system out of a miscellany of parts, including an IMSAI power supply, a wooden box lined with aluminum for RFI/TVI suppression, and a backplane that was wire-wrapped. I wrote some business software in BASIC for a friend's business on that system.

At one of the Computer Faires in the SF Civic Auditorium I met Gianluigi Zappacosta, one of Logitech's founders, and bought my first mouse. I later visited the US headquarters of Logitech, above the Palo Alto Bike Shop on University Avenue in that city, and was given a Logi-mouse poster.

In the next decade the Intel '86 CPUs started to dominate the computer market, turning very commercial with IBM's PC entry.

See you all Thursday evening.
  It's completely normal that you lose data on "Windows" platforms.
  That's why you have a Linux/BSD/UNIX server for backups.

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