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allinone designs, performance/price tradeoffs aimed at mass audiences personal computers workstations Altair 8080, the first kit micro
computer…1975 Developed in the family garage, Steve
Wozniak and Steve Jobs with the First Apple
Computer Radio Shack TRS-80, 1978
Radio The first plug and play personal computer available at retail
Programmed in BASIC
Limited commercial software
Created a cottage industry The Apple II - 1978
The The first commercially available Apple
Initially sold to Wall St. bankers who wanted the Spreadsheet program called Visicalc which ran on the Apple II
Put Apple on the Map The Osborne 1 - 1981
The The first “portable” personal computer
Came with lot’s of software bundled
Only weighed about 40 lbs and sold for $1795
Note the large 5” screen! IBM PC - 1982
IBM IBM’s first PC
Signaled a significant shift for the giant manufacturer
Established a new standard which is still being built on today
Operating system written by Bill Gates & Co. at Microsoft The Computer Company that
Wasn’t, Many of the innovations that became part of the Personal Computer scene were actually invented at XEROX Parc (Palo Alto Research Center)
Xerox was never able to successfully exploit those innovations that included the mouse, graphic user interface and the concept of WYSIWYG, (What you see is what you get) Apple MacIntosh - 1984
Apple First PC with GUI interface
Adopted from the work that was done at Xerox
Designed to be a computer appliance for “Real People”
Introduced at the 1984 Superbowl 1984 MacIntosh Ad
1984 Directed by Ridley Scott • (Alien, Blade Runner) Cost $1.5 M
Shown ONCE during ‘84 Superbowl at a cost of $500K
Considered to be the best TV ad ever!
Launched the Mac in grand style!
to view: Google “1984 MacIntosh Ad” Just Some of the Companies...
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This note was uploaded on 02/10/2014 for the course POLS 1090 taught by Professor Smardon during the Winter '11 term at York University.
- Winter '11