Microsoft open sources GWBASIC
cisin at xenosoft.com
Sat May 23 14:38:48 CDT 2020
>> You're right, but it contains the broad strokes of the story
SOME of the personalities were closer than the "history".
But, the gratuitous fourth wall "Study this; because this is what really
happened" warrants a soldering iron up the nose.
(Trump inspired treatement for cocaine habit?)
On Sat, 23 May 2020, Al Kossow via cctalk wrote:
> So did the TV series "Silicon Valley" and the book "Microserfs"
Or "Halt and Catch Fire"
homemade custom hardware reading in binary needed to disassemble the 5150
BIOS? and legal punishment for possession of such a listing?
(PUBLISHED by IBM in a $40 "Technical reference" with BIOS source
and schematics of almost everything (available long before any PCs being
on the shelf without prepaid order), also DEBUG.COM in DOS, and BASIC
with PEEK/POKE; although legal repercussions for infringement were real)
Was the rest of that show dead-on accurate?
So, the OFFICIAL history will be:
A few dozen room sized mainframes, each one of which consisted entirely of
reel to reel tape drives, a teletype output, and tendency to achieve
Punch cards were invented in order to hang Chad (a major player in an
election around the time of Y2K, which caused all the computers to
self-destruct, and the airplaces to fall to earth)
There were about a dozen prehistoric cavemen hobbyists with homemade S100
machines, two or three of whom had 8" drives. Periodic danger of
Along came the Apple2, the first computer with a TV set, instead of rows
of binary lights.
Then the PC/5150 (although the "5150" designation is redacted),
immediately replaced by the AT, the first computer with a printer and
Then the Mac, which invented word processing, 3.5" disks, user interface,
and pointing. And inspired the creation of Xerox PARC (note the
Steve Jobs invented computers, and talked Shugart into 5.25" drives,
later, he invented MP3 and cellphones.
Bill Gates invented software, and cold-called IBM to tell them about the
idea of an operating system. Later, he invented monopolies.
Linus (the one in "Peanuts"?) invented unix
Al Gore invented the interwebs. (early name for World Wide Web, which is
the name of the Facebook program.
GOOGLE invented Information Retrieval (an esoteric technical term for
Amazon invented buying stuff without going to the store.
Facebook invented friends and socializing.
YouTube invented movies, and video (there are rumors of a pre-corona
venue called movie theaters!)
Wikipedia, primarily used for school term papers, invented history,
knowledge, and indisputable authority.
CP/M was an unauthorized plagiarization of a pre-release copy of MS-DOS.
TRS80, Atari, Commodore, and CP/M computers were esoteric unicorns (all
based on Apple2, PC/5150, and Mac) It is unknown whether any were
"Programs" is an archaic prehistoric name for Apps.
1950s FORTRAN was based on 1970s Valtrep
First email was on a mid 1990s Sun.
Gerald Ford's invention of the automocar, which ran on a tank of burning
fossils, is another discussion.
Grumpy Ol' Fred (one of the old fart relics)
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