RE: [midatlanticretro] Recommended Reading
- Remember, in the bad okld days, portable meant that it had a handle on it
and it could be lifted with a crane on to a battleship.
There were ads for a "portable" computer that showed a pretty mini skirted
young thing carrying the case. Turns out that that was exactly what she
was carrying unless her other job was Olympic class weightlifter.'
On Tue, 25 Mar 2008, Evan Koblentz wrote:
> > That makes me VERY FRIGGIN' HAPPY.
> Because you found your huge white whale? ;)
> Good one!
> Actually the name MOBIDIC = Mobile Digital Computer (at least according to
> Wikipedia; I need to verify that). But the definition of "Mobile" meant "it
> fits in a 30-foot trailer". So, the scope of the name was not lost on the
> designers, who had a good sense of humor.
> My next step is to check the sources for this article. It was only written
> in '87, so maybe the author is around. He lists 37 sources in the
> That's the part of doing "real" history that I enjoy the most -- the hunt
> (not for the wumpus). Hunting is one of my biggest tasks by day, as a
> reporter. This is no different, except that instead of "news", it is
> Yahoo! Groups Links
- Jim, I'm going to have to look that one up. Thanks for the tip.AndyOn Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 1:12 AM, Jim Scheef <jscheef@...> wrote:I agree with all three of Andy's picks, however the best history of general computing, bar none, is "A History of Modern Computing, 2nd Edition", by Paul E. Ceruzzi, 2003, MIT Press. It is a scholarly, but readable, history of computers, the computer industry and key people. It is well researched and documented.