A trip down memory lane.
My first computer? An IBM XT. The real deal.
The second one? An AT clone. From Compaq if I recall correctly, and from a computer store here in Israel called Computerland. That was… 20-something years ago. First thing I did on that machine was play a few games, program in Logo and Basic. It defined my future.
I forgot all of that, and more – my lost youth. Bob Cringley reminded me of all that with his Accidental Empires book.
One of the blogs that I read – and by read I mean every written word, is Bob Cringley‘s.
What I didn’t know about him, was that he has written a very interesting book – a history book – about my history. He recently decided to publish the book through his blog, which is by now old, online – as a beginning of a project of his. Two chapters a week gets published, which makes me a busy reader, and keeps me going back to my childhood explaining a lot of the things in ways that a 12 year old couldn’t fathom:
- I now understand what a PC clone means – how that happened
- How I dabbled with applications like 1-2-3, dBase II, Novell Netware – the works
- I see now that startups today aren’t different than their earlier counterparts – if any, we’ve become less bold with our ideas and execution
I also made sure to add it to my Books of the Trade list – under “Management”.