jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu
Sun Oct 2 09:04:07 CDT 2016
So I just bought, and have been avidly reading:
Lamont Wood, "Datapoint: The Lost Story of the Texans Who Invented the
Personal Computer Revolution"
and I was wondering what other people thought of it.
(For those who aren't familiar with it, his thesis is in the sub-title. He
reckons the first Datapoint machine, the 2200 - announced 1970, shipped 1971 -
was the first personal computer, and a direct ancestor of all the PC's out
there today. The Intel 8008 - base of the later 8080 and 8086 - was not
actually related to the 4004, but instead was done persuant to a contract with
Datapoint to provide a CPU for the 2200, to replace its inital CPU, which was
built out of discrete chips.)
It seems to be a reasonably scholarly work - he did a lot of interviewing of
the principals, has made extensive use of archives of contempory written
material, and it has some source footnotes (although not as many as would be
So I think he might have a good case....
Any collectors of early Datapoint machines out there on the list? If his
thesis is correct (and I think it is) these are very historic machines - up
there with Altairs, etc.
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