The Third Personal Computer, The Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 1

In the early 1970s, from coast to coast people were purchasing CB radios for fun, work, safety, and more. Cars would have CBs and the car’s call sign was usually printed on the car, actively listing for another CB enthusiast to chat with on a long drive on a freeway. Many TV shows and movies included the multi-channelContinue reading “The Third Personal Computer, The Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 1”

The Second Personal Computer, The Apple II

My story of the Apple II starts with the first product of Steve Jobs and Steve ‘Woz’ Wozniak, the Blue Box. In 1971 Americans home phones were owned by AT&T (aka Ma Bell). Ma Bell had the legal authority to ban other phones from it’s network, for national security reasons of course. The two Steves produced their firstContinue reading “The Second Personal Computer, The Apple II”

The First Personal Computer, The Commodore PET

Commodore was a once successful calculator company, using chips from the Texas Interments. While TI was successful in selling chips the company waited to get big in the calculator game, until other companies proved the market. Since they were selling the chips in their own calculators they didn’t need to sell outside to places like Commodore, so theyContinue reading “The First Personal Computer, The Commodore PET”

The First Three Personal Computers

Even in the early days of 8 bit computer the origins of the personal computer were already being blurred in myth. Much of the confusion is around the definition of personal computer. My personal definition of a personal computer is becoming less common as many other devices previously not thought of as a personal computerContinue reading “The First Three Personal Computers”