Category Archives: PCs

Machine of the Year, Thirty Years Ago

Today in 1983, Time magazine put on its cover the PC, calling it “machine of the year.” Roger Rosenblatt wrote:“Inventions arise when they’re needed. This here screen and keyboard might have come along any old decade, but it happened to pop up when it … Continue reading

Posted in PCs, This day in information | Leave a comment

Personal Computing, 1977

In July 1977, IEEE’s Computer magazine quoted Jim C. Warren, Jr., of Dr. Dobb’s Journal of Computer Calisthenics and Orthodontia: “What happens when you have access to all the news–not just what’s fit to print–or to a shopping algorithm for price comparison … Continue reading

Posted in Computer history, PCs | Leave a comment

“Homebrew and How the Apple Came to Be”

Today in 1975, the Homebrew Computer Club met for the first time. Wikipedia: “Several very high-profile hackers and IT entrepreneurs emerged from its ranks, including the founders of Apple Inc. The short-lived newsletter they published was instrumental in creating the … Continue reading

Posted in Apple, Computer history, PCs, This day in information | Leave a comment

The First Laptop

Today in 1983, the Osborne Computer Corporation declared bankruptcy. The Osborne I, the first portable computer, was designed by company founder Adam Osborne.

Posted in Computer history, Mobile, PCs, This day in information | Leave a comment

Apple: Welcome, IBM. Seriously.

Thirty years ago today, Apple Computer ran a full-page ad in the The Wall Street Journal, twelve days after IBM entered the personal computer market with the launch of the IBM PC.

Posted in Computer history, PCs, This day in information | 5 Comments

From Desktop Computing to the Web in Our Hands

Thirty-five years ago today, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne signed a partnership agreement that established the company that will become Apple Computer, Inc. on January 3, 1977. (Wayne left the company eleven days later, relinquishing his ten percent share … Continue reading

Posted in Computer history, PCs, Social Networks, This day in information, World Wide Web | Leave a comment

Cloud Computing is Bad for Your Creativity and Freedom

“A mobile phone-cum-computer might be very useful, but we still need our PCs to run our programs, and these PCs will preserve all the possibilities of social creativity. Things could evolve differently, though, due to the possible diffusion of Web … Continue reading

Posted in Open Web, PCs | Leave a comment