Friday, June 29, 2012

Microcomputers in 1978

How society marvelled over the advent of microcomputers and the emergence of personal computing during the late 1970's.

My late father, Ralph E McKibbin (who was age 59 in 1978), was an early proponent of microcomputers as a hobbyist. The entire family enjoyed learning about microcomputers hands-on via my father's TRS-80 (Radio Shack) computer, complete with a 5.25-inch floppy disk drive and a basic telephone modem. My father later installed a networked computer system into a local manufacturing firm (Somat Corporation) where he served as Controller and Treasurer for many years. My father's profession was accounting, and he was fascinated by the potential of microcomputers to automate accounting tasks in enterprise.

TRS-80 Color Computer (Radio Shack)

Since the late 1970's, I have systematically built a career around microcomputers and software. The above video and image provide a nostalgic glimpse into the times upon which that career is grounded...

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