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History of Computers
11-16-2015, 06:52 PM
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History of Computers
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11-16-2015, 07:15 PM
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RE: History of Computers
Hmmm. Not bad.
Missing Polymorphic and The Digital Group.
Also missing HP-75 and HP-71B.
Also missing the original IBM PC (!)
Too bad a short description is not included for each machine, not only the few that are shown.

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11-16-2015, 07:40 PM
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(11-16-2015 06:52 PM)hp41cx Wrote:  History of Computers

Its just desktop computers so hardly a history of computers from that era. By 1990 there was also desktop workstations from companies like HP, IBM, SUN, Apollo.... no mention of any of them.

(11-16-2015 07:15 PM)smp Wrote:  Hmmm. Not bad.
Missing Polymorphic and The Digital Group.
Also missing HP-75 and HP-71B.
Also missing the original IBM PC (!)
Too bad a short description is not included for each machine, not only the few that are shown.

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The IBM 5150 which was the original IBM PC is there.
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11-16-2015, 10:03 PM (This post was last modified: 11-16-2015 10:29 PM by Vtile.)
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RE: History of Computers
Also Olivetti, Copam+ (or similar), Mikko1 1972, MikroMikko 1 from 1981 (Nokia Data yep, part of the same rubberboot company that Microsoft partly ascuired recently Big Grin , although the Data division were sold to Fujitsu Siemens atleast partly in the early 1990s or so.), ICL (british) etc. etc. Basicly I assume before 1980 there were a lot of local companies making computers of various levels.
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11-16-2015, 11:15 PM
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RE: History of Computers
(11-16-2015 07:40 PM)Paul Berger (Canada) Wrote:  The IBM 5150 which was the original IBM PC is there.

Yes, you're right. I missed it because of the timeline going up to 1980, then jumped to 1990 and then the early 1990s before jumping back to 1981.

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11-17-2015, 08:26 AM
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Also missing digital equipment Corp. which built desktops as well, at least in the early Eighties.

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11-17-2015, 08:03 PM (This post was last modified: 11-17-2015 08:46 PM by ColinJDenman.)
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(11-17-2015 08:26 AM)walter b Wrote:  Also missing digital equipment Corp. which built desktops as well, at least in the early Eighties.

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I'm sure I have a copy of Byte magazine from that era. An advertisement portrays a man on a porch of a beach side dwelling, contemplating the far distance. On his lap is a keyboard and his feet rest up on a railing. By his side is one of the DEC VT-220 style monitors. The advert is for the integrated processor-VDU packages they sold -- probably LSI-11 based rather than the later 8088 models (Rainbow??). I always rather liked the idea of working in such a pleasant environment.
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11-17-2015, 08:59 PM
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Hi hp41cx,

congratulation and thanks for the lovely booklet. Besides the historic machines its pictures, it's also a reminder of how difficult it is to produce a complete volume of computers of a certain time period. So I hope you don't mind when I'm adding the Rair Blackbox and the ICL PC (based on the Rair Blckbox) to the list of missing machines. The first generation of the ICL PC was based on the Intel 8085 CPU with Digital Research MP/M operating system. Yes, ICL offered a multi user operating environment for 4 RS232 terminals with 256 KB of main memory (4 x 64 KB) and pre-emptive multitasking. Later they upgraded to 8088 and 8086 processors and up to 1 MB of memory. When the IBM-PC arrived with single-tasking, single-user MS-Dos I wondered "who want this kind of machine?".

Although the eBook format you choosed is fun to look at on the screen, I'd like a pdf version for download regardles of a more complete book with suggested machines added or as it is now. If you could make a pdf downloadable version available it would be very much appreciated.

Thank you very much in advance.

Best regards

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11-17-2015, 09:13 PM
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(11-17-2015 08:03 PM)ColinJDenman Wrote:  An advertisement portrays a man on a porch of a beach side dwelling, contemplating the far distance. On his lap is a keyboard and his feet rest up on a railing. By his side is one of the DEC VT-220 style monitors. The advert is for the integrated processor-VDU packages they sold -- probably LSI-11 based rather than the later 8088 models (Rainbow??). I always rather liked the idea of working in such a pleasant environment.

Oh yeah, I remember that ad. Smile Kind of laptops before their time. And yes, I would have taken the work place with or without the work. Wink

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11-24-2015, 06:30 AM
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I remember Olivetti programma 101, about 1965, at job.

Gérard.
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