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

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Uncle Sol’s Boys

Ed Roberts? You gotta give him credit for doing the first one. But give the guy [who] published him as much credit: Les Solomon.

–Chuck Peddle, computer designer

Bill Gates, Paul Allen, and other computer enthusiasts relied on the hobbyist electronics magazines like Popular Electronics and Radio-Electronics to keep up with the latest technological developments. In the early 1970s, what Gates and Allen were seeing in the pages of those magazines served to frustrate them as much as excite them. Most of the magazines’ readers knew something about computers, and many knew a lot more than that—and every one of them now wanted to own a computer. The computer aficionados who read Popular Electronics and Radio-Electronics were an ...

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