Digital Retro: The Evolution and Design of the Personal Computer

Digital Retro The Evolution and Design of the Personal Computer The late Seventies to the early Nineties was a completely unique period in the history of computing Long before Microsoft and Intel ruled the PC world a disparate variety of home computers from an u

  • Title: Digital Retro: The Evolution and Design of the Personal Computer
  • Author: Gordon Laing
  • ISBN: 9780782143300
  • Page: 209
  • Format: Paperback
  • The late Seventies to the early Nineties was a completely unique period in the history of computing Long before Microsoft and Intel ruled the PC world, a disparate variety of home computers, from an unlikely array of suppliers, were engaging in a battle that would shape the industry for years to come Products from established electronics giants clashed with machines whicThe late Seventies to the early Nineties was a completely unique period in the history of computing Long before Microsoft and Intel ruled the PC world, a disparate variety of home computers, from an unlikely array of suppliers, were engaging in a battle that would shape the industry for years to come Products from established electronics giants clashed with machines which often appeared to have been or actually were assembled in a backyard shed by an eccentric inventor University professors were competing head to head with students in their parents garages Compatibility Forget it Each of these computers was its own machine and had no intention of talking to anything else The same could be said of their owners, in fact, who passionately defended their machines with a belief that verged on the religious This book tells the story behind 40 classic home computers of an infamous decade, from the dreams and inspiration, through passionate inventors and corporate power struggles, to their final inevitable demise It takes a detailed look at every important computer from the start of the home computer revolution with the MITS Altair, to the NeXT cube, pehaps the last serious challenger in the personal computer marketplace In the thirteen years between the launch of those systems, there has never been a frenetic period of technical advance, refinement, and marketing, and this book covers all the important steps made on both sides of the Atlantic Whether it s the miniaturization of the Sinclair machines, the gaming prowess of the Amiga, or the fermenting war between Apple Computer, Big Blue, and the cloners, we ve got it covered Digital Retro is an essential read for anyone who owned a home computer in the Eighties.

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    1. A beautifully illustrated book that would be enjoyed by those that lived through the 1980s and have used or heard about any of the computers (and occasional game consoles) featured in this book.It was a time when the future of the home computer was up for grabs and competition for customers was fierce before the dust settled and the few common types of computers we see (mainly the IBM PC and Apple Macintosh) dominate the marketplace.The book covers many computers, starting from 1975 with the MIT [...]

    2. What moves this book to the four-star category is the wealth of information on British computer systems, most completely unknown on this side of the Atlantic. Nice photography and breezy text made this a pleasure to read, although I found myself wanting to see more from these old computers - even pictures of the startup screens or main user interface would have made this book a lot more valuable as a reference tool.

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