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Fire in the Valley, 3rd Edition by Paul Freiberger, Michael Swaine

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Chapter 1Tinder for the Fire

I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.

Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM

The personal computer sprang to life in the mid-1970s, but its historical roots reach back to the giant electronic brains of the 1950s, and well before that to the thinking machines of 19th-century fiction.

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