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Steve Wozniak: How I Invented the Personal Computer

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sunbeamcatcher
Posted: 04.20.10, 03:58 PM
Woz is my hero.
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steve_s
Posted: 12.01.09, 03:32 AM
I'm sorry guys, but Xerox PARC existed long before Apple did. Xerox PARC was founded in 1970. Whilst the Xerox Star was indeed released in 1981, it's predecessor the Xerox Alto dates from 1973. It was with the Alto that Xerox pioneered many technologies like the GUI, Ethernet networking, and Object Oriented programming with the Smalltalk language. The Xerox Alto however was not a commercial product. Apple were not the first to develop a personal computer by any measure. Several other companies were selling personal computers before the Apple I. However of the companies that pioneered personal computing they were by far the most successful, and the only survivor.
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jfatz
Posted: 11.29.09, 06:17 PM
1976 - Apple I 1977 - Apple II 1981 - Xerox Star Excellent research work done in your haste to tell the Pleasing PARC Tale, rashley. The "personal computer" beginnings were most certainly with Apple. The graphical user interface, on the other hand, has more complicated construction.
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LJSeinfeld
Posted: 11.29.09, 07:29 AM
Fail.
Quote: Originally Posted by rashley Guess the world forgot that xerox created the first individual computer and the UI for the Apple was also a Xerox invention. Does anyone remember the Xerox Star? Taking nothing from Woz and Steve for making it real and creating a viable company...but give the devil his due...The beginnings were with Xerox, not Apple. Guess you need to read up on your history. This is WAY before Xerox Parc.
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Enric
Posted: 11.29.09, 12:04 AM
That was excellent. I recall someone had an Apple computer at the Student Co-Op I was at in Berkeley around '79. Then I got an Apple II+ around '82.
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dnice
Posted: 11.28.09, 06:44 PM
The Xerox PARC UI was the interface for the Lisa and then Macintosh. They also got the mouse from PARC. Apple had a few successful computers before that, including the II and IIe, which really did have a huge impact on computing as we know it, in their own right. They do deserve some props for originality.
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rashley
Posted: 11.28.09, 05:27 PM
Guess the world forgot that xerox created the first individual computer and the UI for the Apple was also a Xerox invention. Does anyone remember the Xerox Star? Taking nothing from Woz and Steve for making it real and creating a viable company...but give the devil his due...The beginnings were with Xerox, not Apple.
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flash dave
Posted: 11.28.09, 05:45 AM
wonderful story
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farber2
Posted: 11.28.09, 04:16 AM
great story.
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dxm
Posted: 09.17.09, 12:17 PM
what was the book steve jobs was reading??? i want to read it too. =/
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