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Computer history started well before the microcomputer, but the old machines were typically not accessible to any but the exclusive few who had both knowledge and access. The advent of the Microcomputer, a phrase coined in 1975, changed all of that. Slowly but surely the average Joe could get his hands on computing power that often rivaled the big iron of just a few years earlier. By 1984, almost anyone could afford a computer and more and more were learning how to use them and actually buying them.

Personal Computers redefined how business was done by automating many tedious jobs that were once done by hand, by helping disseminate information that was once difficult to obtain and by providing tools like spreadsheets, word processing and, eventually, desktop publishing that allowed for more creativity in the workplace.

Personal Computers redefined education by allowing children to interact more with their learning environments and by providing much larger amounts of information to be pumped straight into the classroom.

Personal Computers redefined entertainment by providing arcade style games at home and, with the advent of the Internet, by providing millions of pages of reading, images, sounds and other distractions.

Personal computers redefined communications. First there were Bulletin Board Systems (BBS) that allowed callers to dial in and post and read messages, play games and upload and download files. This eventually gave way to email and the internet which provided for that and more.

In short, Personal Computers were responsible for altering the landscape of world culture in many ways. These pages will take you through some of the highlights of their history.

(Submitted November 30, 2010 07:33:02 by chris)

Any news about Epson Geneva laptop ...tape drive/how to use/downloads(?) ...I have manuals/etc. I would like to revive this beauty. Any other history. thanks chris

(Submitted April 22, 2009 06:24:10 by (a href=mailto:)alex(/a))

Well i actually have ( dont know where i got it) the Laser 50 educational personal computer still have almost everything and the expansions for it except the original power cord that i got with it ( i use the one from my computer speakers)

(Submitted March 14, 2009 22:37:17 by chris Zeigler)

I have a number of power sources..What works on an old EPSON Geneva...looks kinda fun..tape looks fun thanks CDZ

(Submitted October 22, 2008 03:43:41 by ArthurTR)

About computers in 1992. NeXT came out. Most computers ran at from 25Mhz to 50Mhz, and The DEC Alpha was BIG, along with Apollo and HP, and IBM RS/6000s Mainframes were used by big business.

(Submitted October 22, 2008 03:38:59 by ArthurTR)

This site is SO COOL! The Altar 8800 had a cool blue front with LEDs and Switches. You could set the value of memory from the front panel. You could debug programs from single stepping the instructions. Look on the web for a picture of an Altar 8800.

(Submitted September 25, 2007 13:10:14 by Jack Kenish)

There was w web page that listed prices on vintage PC's . I can't find it now can anyone help. I have an 1970's Intel 8008 sbc8 ( board, with 1702 eproms on it, box with switches & leds that board goes on plus manual. SORRY no eprom programming board.


(Submitted March 19, 2007 06:05:21 by caroline)

For my paper I will evaluate the grammarchecker of Word. I'm looking for an article named 'the hazards of electroni writing'. It was in Popular Computing written by Bohaugh, 3(6), p. 126-128, 131. Is there anybody who can help me? Thanx a lot

(Submitted August 25, 2006 13:30:00 by angie)

wow! the stuff on this site just makes me wanna keep reading. thanx for making this site.

(Submitted August 13, 2006 10:00:39 by Erik Klein)

The Altair was sold either as a kit or as an assembled machine. The base RAM included with the original machine was 256 bytes on a card capable of holding 1K. Later cards allowed the owner to expand the machine to its 64K addressing limit although the power supply on the early Altairs didn't usually support that. There were no vacuum tubes in the Altair.

(Submitted August 13, 2006 03:57:46 by Thomas Frost)

The Altair 8800 was pretty much a kit computer it had a row of lights and a switch under them. The one I had, had about 4k of ram if you could realy call it that. It had vaccum tubes in it. You would program it by flipping the switches then there was another one to save that and you would keep doing that untell you got all the program in then you would switch the run and then it would display the answer in the led's.

(Submitted May 6, 2006 08:14:10 by Igor)

I never heard about Altair 8800 until I had to write about it at university,could you help me to find information about all it's history?

(Submitted April 28, 2006 07:26:28 by (a href=mailto:hms21312)tiger(/a))

do u have any infor mation of the computers in 1992.

(Submitted December 15, 2005 07:01:44 by Honeyfresh)

Hey this is a great site, i was just wondering if you could just add a little bit of information regarding like the general characteristics of computers in the 70's, Thanks a bunch

(Submitted September 8, 2005 09:00:06 by (a href=mailto:)Owner(/a))

The person who created Apple computers. it was a man named Steve Jobs. along with his friend Steve Wozinak

(Submitted September 8, 2005 08:57:39 by Owner)

Well Radwa first you have to know how to spell computer and knowledge the i'll teach you

(Submitted July 27, 2005 09:27:48 by Kopinath)

I want to more deatiles about Evaluvation of Computer Processor technology.

(Submitted June 24, 2005 20:05:58 by kaio)

Also what is the meaning of Computer and Society what is the connection between the computer and the society.

(Submitted June 24, 2005 20:03:55 by kaio)

I just want to know the meaning of People in Computing and wht is the purpose of computing

(Submitted March 28, 2005 10:30:17 by Robert Schneider)

Who was the creator or creators of apple software and then tells us a little bit about there ligfe and how they created apple ( I ask this because i am a 8th grade student trying to do a report if you do not want to put this information on the web please e-mail to my acount with out this information it is very hard to do this report or please e-mail me a site i can get this information thank you

sincerily Robert Schneider

(Submitted June 19, 2004 21:09:39 by iznily)

about microcomputer,how is this thing fuction, the type of microcomputer and the picture of microcomputer.

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