[vcf-midatlantic] Herb's Website made front page on HackerNews

Herbert Johnson hjohnson at retrotechnology.info
Mon Dec 19 16:58:27 UTC 2022

It's a bit hyperbolic, to say my site "made the front page" of 
HackerNews. So, the precipitating event, possibly was


an update in mid-June 2022 to the license that DRDOS Inc CEO Brian 
Sparks gave to the CP/M archive site some years ago. Sparks essentially 
owns CP/M. Read the fine Web pages for details.

Otherwise, someone on HackerNews noted one of my many Digital Research 
Web pages

http://www.retrotechnology.com/dri/ - home page for DRI
https://www.retrotechnology.com/dri/d_dri.html - early DRI CP/M work
http://www.retrotechnology.com/dri/dri_16bit.html - later

probably found while Web searching for CP/M ownership information. My 
pages get attention, because "content is king on the Web" still holds. 
Here's what I mean.

Few Web sites have followed the trail of sales of Digital Research 
assets, ending with Brian Sparks and DRDOS Inc. associates' final 
purchase. Few cover all the products of DRI, and their relationship to 
other software products, particularly 16-bit class products. Scope of 
content matters.

I did all that, before Kildall's story became well-known in 2004, in a 
biographical write up contained in "They Made America". And, before the 
IEEE honored Kildall's first business location on the 40th anniversary 
of Kildall's first boot of CP/M (a date not well-established, by the 
way). Persistence of content matters.

The scope of DRI and CP/M is a rich story. But most accounts of CP/M 
focus on Dr. Gary Kildall's life when CP/M began with him, and end with 
MS-DOS and the IBM PC in 1981. Nothing could be further from the truth. 
Kildall made other contributions after Digital Research, and had other 
issues. These I do not cover. I followed the CP/M trail from where it 
started, to many products and people impacted by it, and to wherever 
that led.

Regards Herb Johnson

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