Meet the Microcomputer—The initial Personal Computer

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microcomputerThis post is in recognition of the early inventors, technicians, programmers, and operators of the huge mainframe computers which gave way to the early microcomputers. Personal computers (PCS) in vogue today, contrary to belief, didn’t spring up and into the hands of teens and young adults who presume they are the only computer experts. Baby Boomers, grandfathers and grandmothers, were the first “computer geniuses”.

The WP Daily Post Prompt—MICRO

Microcomputers became popular in the 1970s and 1980s with the rise of increasingly powerful microprocessors. Before these computers, mainframes and minicomputers were comparatively larger and more expensive.

IBM mainframes

Virtually all early microcomputers were essentially boxes with lights and switches. One had to read and understand binary numbers and machine language to program and use them. Of the early “box of switches”-type microcomputers, the MITS Altair 8800 (1975) was arguably the most famous.

Untitled Although the Altair itself was only a mild commercial success, it helped spark…

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