The motivation for thread was simply how fascinating these points are today, 40 years later.
Reminder, Microsoft revenue from BASIC, etc. ~7M, 40 FTE, SteveB joined.
The personal in PC.
Trying to do ease of use made everything slow. Big tradeoff in memory at this time.
• make PCs easy to use
• one PC per person beats a computer for 10 people
• use increasing power to make PCs easier to use not compute more
• there is no seam between hardware and software
• 225K TRS-80
• 200K Atari
• 78K Apple ][
• rest "other"!!!
The Osborne shipped just as Nightline was airing. We got one!
1981 would see 1.4M PCs, incl 35K IBM PC launched in August
How's that for east coast optimism?
"Computers amplified a human ability."
This is how Nightline worked, and almost always featured New York or DC-based journalists.