[vcf-midatlantic] Pick 34)-ish

Herb Johnson hjohnson at retrotechnology.info
Sat Mar 5 12:29:22 EST 2016

whitneys posted.....

> My two cents' worth. Flying Eagle cents, mind you.
> The History
> Micro-Computer Predecessors: The Terminal & The Calculator
> 	Datapoint 2200 aut al.	HP-85  eg.
> The Kit	Scelbi-8H	Mark-8
> The Altair/The S-100 aka Attack of the Clones	MITS Altair 8800
> 	IMSAI 8080

What I like about whitneys' list, is that it has themes, a process, and 
a progression; from which examples are suggested. It's a little 
whimsical, which is fine. There's too many movie references as 
suggested. And it allows for some alternative exhibits of computing such 
as non-USA computers. (I'm not saying other lists did not have these 

I don't agree with some of the history as presented, because to my 
60-year-old eye it focuses on post-1980 consumer personal computing and 
so judges prior history from that view. To me that's a common 21st 
century problem. For instance, the emphasis on brand dominance as 
winners (IBM, Apple, ohyeahCompaq). Treating all S-100 as "clones" and 
only covering the very oldest (MITS, IMSAI, SOL), ignores history. The 
idea that an Apple I (copy) represents single-board computers is absurd.

My point is not to argue; I said "to my old eye...". My point is that 
the list is coherent and themed, and I commend that. Any exhibit can be 
revised, other themes presented, on another day. There's no shortage of 
themes, trends, examples. In due course, each could get their turn.

Herb Johnson

Herbert R. Johnson,  New Jersey USA
http://www.retrotechnology.com OR .net

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