When I started doing business, I had an unlisted phone number.
–Michael Shrayer, software pioneer and camera operator for Candid Camera
In the fall of 1975 at one of the early meetings of the Southern California Computer Society, a guest at the meeting had a special present for the attendees. Bob Marsh offered up a copy of Processor Technology’s public-domain software package called Software Package One. It was a collection of programmers’ programs—tools to make writing and modifying programs easier. Marsh told everyone, “Here you are, guys; enjoy it.”
In the opinion of software developer Michael Shrayer, Software Package One was the most important product then in existence because it effectively ...