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By Paul Freiberger

"A e-book to not be overlooked, simply undeniable solid examining in regards to the drama of the children round the corner turning their desires into millions."--The manhattan Times"
Swaine and Freiberger trap the communal spirit of the early computing device golf equipment, the brilliance and blundering of a few of the 1st start-up businesses, the collection of naivete, noble objective and greed that characterised quite a few pioneers, and the inevitable transformation of all this right into a significant undefined. needs to reading."--Philip Lemmons, editor-in-chief, BYTE journal

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I tried to be normal, the best I could.  But there were those who would not wait patiently for something to happen, and their very impatience led them to take steps toward creating a revolution of their own.  Bill Gates wasn't shy about criticizing certain DEC programmers, and pointed out those who repeatedly made the same mistakes.  Hacking brought Gates fame in certain circles, but it also brought him grief.  He hoped to trick the operator by maintaining a veneer of normalcy while he cracked the system wide open.

It didn't constitute the personal computer that the electronics hobbyists desperately wanted. At the time Lancaster's article was published, Popular Electronics technical editor Leslie (Les) Solomon was actively seeking a computer story for his magazine.  They didn't realize that their competitor, Radio Electronics, was already preparing to publish an article on just such a topic. If a home­built computer design was possible, Solomon figured that it would most likely come from one of his "boys"—those young, technically sharp Popular Electronics contributors, such as Stanford graduate students Harry Garland and Roger Melen (who like Don Lancaster also wrote for Radio Electronics), Forrest Mims, and Ed Roberts in Albuquerque.

Faggin, who was doing lab work with electronic test equipment, saw the 4004 as an ideal tool for controlling test equipment, but the Busicom deal prevented that.  Although another engineer was initially assigned to it, Faggin was soon put in charge of making the 8008 a reality, and by March 1972 Intel was producing working 8008 chips.  But Page 20 possession of that right, it turned out, was no guarantee that Intel would ever exercise it.  Hoff knew he himself would.  And in one sense McKenna's ad was correct: the 4004 (and the 8008) incorporated the essential decision­making power of a computer.

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