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The first PERSONAL Computer?

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But for that you’ll need the DOOR.

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[Beginning with this post, the title will precede the 3 general categories–science, religion, and etc. (or all other categories)–which identify the areas dealt with in a particular post.]

   [Skipping over some “first computer” details]

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   The first business use was in the early 1970′s

   The development of a computer for home use goes to Steve Wozniak (1950 -) and Steve Jobs (1955 – 2011), college dropouts who founded Apple Computer 1976¹.

   They spent 6 months working out of a garage, developing the crude prototype for Apple I, which was bought by 600 hobbyists–who had to know how to wire, program, and set up the machine. Its successor, Apple II, was introduced in 1977 as the first fully assembled, programmable microcomputer, but it still required customers to use their televisions as screens and use audio cassettes for data storage. It retailed for just less than $1300.

   That same year Commodore and Tandy introduced affordable personal computers. In 1984 Apple Computer introduced the Macintosh (Mac), which became the first widely used computer with a graphic user interface (GUI). By this time, International Business machines (IBM) had introduced its PC (1981), which quickly overtook the Mac–in spite of the fact that IBM was behind in developing a user-friendly graphic interface.

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   ¹ This post is adapted from The Handy History Answer Book, 3rd. ed. by David. L Hudson, Jr. (Visible Ink, 2013). Hudson is a lawyer and 1st Amendment Scholar. Paragraphs, colors, boldface, and a modest editing added.