This book is an exciting history of the personal computer
revolution. Early personal computing, the "first" personal
computer, mvention of the microprocessor at Intel and the first
microcomputer are detailed. It also traces the evolution of the
personal computer fioni the hardware and software hacker, to its
use as a consumer appliance on the Internet. This is the only book
that provides such comprehensive coverage. It not only describes
the hardware and software, but also the companies and people who
made it happen.
Hardware from the MITS Altair to the IBM Personal
Computer and the Apple Macintosh are covered. Separate chapters
describe the developments at sigmficant compames such as Apple
Computer and IBM. Successful companies such as Compaq and
Dell and the less successfiil ones such as Commodore and Osborne
are also detailed.
Details of tlie software tliat powered the haidwaie ate
described. This mcludes application programs, operatmg systems,
and programming languages. Two chapters describe the founding
of Microsoft by BiU Gates and Paul Allen and the major
contributions by tlie company to tlie personal computer industry.
The development of components such as disk drives,
memory, modems, printers and video terminals are included.
Associations, clubs, conventions and the numerous magazines that
supported the industry are also chronicled.
The most extensive bibliography on tlie histoiy of tlie
personal computer industry and a complete index make tlie book a
valuable reference source.
Finally share tiie excitement of tiie mcredible success and
fortunes created by people such as Michael Dell, Bill Gates and
London, Ontario, Canada
ISBN 0-96891 08-0-7
A History Of The Personal Computer
Roy A. Allan
The People and the Technology