Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th Aug 2012 12:13 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Back in 2005, we charted 30 years of personal computer market share to show graphically how the industry had developed, who succeeded and when, and how some iconic names eventually faded away completely. With the rise of whole new classes of 'personal computers' - tablets and smartphones - it's worth updating all the numbers once more. And when we do so, we see something surprising: the adoption rates for our beloved mobile devices absolutely blow away the last few decades of desktop computer growth. People are adopting new technology faster than ever before." BeOS not mentioned. Would not read again. 2/10.
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Comment by Treza
by Treza on Tue 14th Aug 2012 13:20 UTC
Treza
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2006-01-11

The first true "personal computer" was the Altair

No, it was the "Micral", try again ;-)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micral

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RE: Comment by Treza
by MOS6510 on Tue 14th Aug 2012 16:48 in reply to "Comment by Treza"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

"The front panel console was optional, offering customers the option of designing their own console to match a particular application"

*has flashes of cheap Nokia candybar phones with replaceable front*

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RE[2]: Comment by Treza
by CapEnt on Tue 14th Aug 2012 17:48 in reply to "RE: Comment by Treza"
CapEnt Member since:
2005-12-18

So, the case mod community also began with Micral?

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RE[2]: Comment by Treza
by zima on Tue 21st Aug 2012 15:17 in reply to "RE: Comment by Treza"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Hm, and what are iPhone cases if not basically just that?

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RE: Comment by Treza
by tupp on Tue 14th Aug 2012 18:23 in reply to "Comment by Treza"
tupp Member since:
2006-11-12

The first true "personal computer" was the Altair

No, it was the "Micral", try again ;-)

Try again.

The Heathkit EC-1 was probably the first "personal" computer when it appeared in 1959 or 1960, in the Heathkit consumer catalog: http://www.old-computers.com/museum/computer.asp?st=1&c=787

Actually, there were other less sophisticated computers sold to the public earlier in the 1950s

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RE[2]: Comment by Treza
by Treza on Tue 14th Aug 2012 23:17 in reply to "RE: Comment by Treza"
Treza Member since:
2006-01-11

Okay, granted, analog computers predates digital ones !

At first, I was pissed by the juxstaposition of the Altair, which was for geeks and specialists and the iPad, for the masses.

This history also completely misses a very important type of electronic device: The programmable Calculator ! (HP, Texas, Sharp, Casio...). For example the HP-65 is contemporaneous to the Altair.

Edited 2012-08-14 23:19 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by Treza
by zima on Tue 21st Aug 2012 23:59 in reply to "RE: Comment by Treza"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

>it was the "Micral", try again ;-)
Try again.
The Heathkit EC-1 was probably the first "personal" computer when it appeared in 1959 or 1960, in the Heathkit consumer catalog: http://www.old-computers.com/museum/computer.asp?st=1&c=787
Actually, there were other less sophisticated computers sold to the public earlier in the 1950s

Which couldn't be used for general computation... I think it's more about roughly Turing-complete machines, and preferably microcomputers (based on a microprocessor, making them affordable)

It's not only about affordability, also what one could do with it, how distanced a given machine is from our concept of "personal computer" - if we count such analogue machines (in essence, not significantly different from a mechanical thermostat), we might as well ...a "sliding" aid to mental computation (forgot EN name), more or less the same mode of using it (and why not earlier computation aides, or even tables and abacuses?). Or those: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_home_computers#Cardboard_and_d...

Micral seems like a decent candidate... (or maybe the likes of Datapoint 2200, or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MIR_(computer) - don't know / don't care if MIR is the "first" of such kind, I simply had it in recent browsing history)

The article also fails to plot ZX Spectrum - with over 5 million units sold in its series (not counting clones), it should be numerous enough...

Edited 2012-08-22 00:19 UTC

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RE: Comment by Treza
by tingo on Wed 15th Aug 2012 08:33 in reply to "Comment by Treza"
tingo Member since:
2007-10-13

Interesting - I didn't know about the Micral. Thanks!

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