29502re: [midatlanticretro] Re: Roll Call for VCF E
- Mar 1, 2013
> But "honmebrew" is a kind of reference to the now-iconic "HomebrewComputer Club" in California, where several founders of vintage computer
companies, or principals in those companies, met and started.
>- in the era, were obliged to MAKE computers, and wire them up to things
> The phrase also refers to what Bill Degnan is talking about. People - we
not meant for "computer control". That's because computers of the
mid-1970's were not produced as ready-for-use, or for use by themselves,
for applications alone - that's a modern view.
>or was too new. The price of much of existing technology was ENORMOUS in
> The technology for a use, the need for an application, DID NOT EXIST YET,
modern dollars - costs greater than a running used car. Much of the
affordable computing technology, was second-hand, in the used MINIcomputer
market, and still not that cheap. and microcomputing technology was
changing rapidly - standards we consider obvious today, were in many cases
established in that era; thus surviving technology from the era is deemed
"non standard" and therefore second-class.
>It might not matter to everyone the same way, but TCF is the perfect place
to help educate.
It says something if you can accurately answer the question "...what would
all this have cost in year x ...?"
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