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

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Wildfire in Silicon Valley

Processor Technology was a nexus for hobbyists making a transition, trying to be serious about it all and not always succeeding.

–Lee Felsenstein, designer of several microcomputer products

The Fourth Street garage in Berkeley was a busy place that spring. Lee Felsenstein was making a meager living from odd jobs, including repairing friends’ Altairs, while Bob Marsh was tearing open checks, writing ad copy, and doing his best to convince hobbydom that Processor Technology was a million-dollar company when, in fact, it still existed mostly in his head.

Fixing the Altair

Felsenstein had gotten himself in trouble that spring. In spreading the word about the Altair through an article for PCC, he based his description ...

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