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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 
Steve Jobs. 

AUan Publishing, 
London, Ontario, Canada 

ISBN 0-96891 08-0-7 


A History Of The Personal Computer 

Roy A. Allan 
The People and the Technology