The Internet & our hobby

Paul Koning paulkoning at
Fri Oct 23 12:08:27 CDT 2015

> On Oct 23, 2015, at 12:37 PM, Fred Cisin <cisin at> wrote:
> ...
>> Today 3 billion people are on the net
> Is that all?  I've always thought of writing an SF story involving extensive extra-terrestial presence on the net.

Neat idea.  Go for it!

>> but really made it possible for this extravagant number was the microcomputer created at around the same time – the Micral in France and 4004 processor machines in the U.S.
> How many people consider the Micral to be of that level of significance?

That's mixing up apples and crates.  A 4004 is a chip, and a very significant one.  A Micral is a box with chips in it, similar to Altair or Imsai but not as well known.


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