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Keeping the Gary Kildall Story Straight

December 20th, 2008 No comments

CP/M author and personal computer pioneer Gary Kildall was flying his plane to visit a customer in Oakland when IBM came visiting in 1980, and flew back in time to take part, as planned, in afternoon negotiations that fell apart because IBM was being completely unreasonable:

IBM did not want to pay royalties on each copy of the operating system that it sold. It wanted to rename the product, which would upend Digital’s marketing plan. And IBM wanted Digital to sign a nondisclosure agreement that protected IBM’s intellectual property but left Digital’s extremely vulnerable.

Cassidy: There’s more to the story of software pioneer Kildall – SiliconValley.com

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Stan Veit tells of his encounters with Apple in the early days

December 8th, 2008 No comments

Computer Shopper, that bulky trade magazine that seemed to be on every corner in Silicon Valley has posted an article on their first publisher, Stan Veit’s interactions with Steve Jobs in the formative years of Apple Computer.

It’s a fun read, with anecdotes ranging from sewing jeans to missing out on owning 10% of the company–a decision Mr. Veit eventually comes to not regret.

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360 dpi electronic paper display prototype

June 12th, 2006 No comments
Categories: computer, display

iWoz

May 30th, 2006 No comments
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Jef Raskin’s SWYFT and the Canon Cat

May 25th, 2006 No comments
Categories: computer