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, "B. Degnan" <billdeg@...> wrote:
> I am surprised to not find the Commodore 64 on the list (it was an
> honorable mention), but nice article to read.
> Bill D
They mentioned NO CP/M systems and one S-100 system: namely the
Altair 8800, and merely because it was a "first". They say it was the
"first machine to capture geek attention". This is a clumbsy way to
say it was the first POPULAR personal computer, the first to be
produced in reasonable quantity, and the first to catch on in a
They mentioned the Osborne 1 as "near great". Sold ready to go, and
portable (by that day's standards) AND for under $2000. That set the
price point for many years. The SGI Indy, a system I've mentioned in
this discussion group, was also in the "near great" list.
I was going to post at PC World my own opinion about the Altair, but
they wanted my email address and postal address. I don't need more
marketing junk. So I'll post my comments here: I've had to answer this
question before so I've got it pretty well stated:
"The MITS Altair 8800 started two computer revolutions. Hardware was
the first: its universal S-100 bus became supported by over ONE
HUNDRED different computer manufacturers, and became an IEEE standard.
The second was as a platform for Digital Research's CP/M: the
"software bus" for the late 1970's and early 1980's which ran all
major software of the day. In fact, MS-DOS was designed day-one to
match CP/M 2.2 system calls. The open documentation standard set with
CP/M and S-100 products obliged IBM to create their first
openly-documented system: the IBM PC. Like the S-100 "clones" of the
Altair, the IBM PC "clones" were the next revolution in computing."
Interestingly enough, I've learned that Digital Research's CP/M may
have had its first general sales in 1976: in a way this year may be
the 30th anniversary of CP/M. I"ve not confirmed this yet. Can anyone
look in BYTE magazines at and before 1976 for Digital Research ads?
They'd be really tiny.
Herbert R. Johnson, New Jersey USA
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