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The Macintosh 128k

"The Microcomputer Revolution," March 6, 2000

Henry Lowood, 3-4602, lowood@stanford.edu

Key Dates


Special Collections

1974. Intel releases 8-bit 8080 microprocessor.    * Apple Computer, Inc. Records, 1977-1998. M1007
1974.  Popular Electronics introduces the MITS Altair 8800 microcomputer (Dec. 1974 issue).   * ____. Original Advertising File, 1976.  MISC 551. (Apple I)
1975. Homebrew Computer Club.

1975. The Computer Store opens in Los Angeles.

  * ____. 5-Star News, Promotional materials and manuals, 1981-1997. M825.
1975. Bill Gates and Paul Allen found Micro-Soft.   * ____. Papers, 1977-1992.  In: Silicon Valley Ephemera Collection, M443.
1976. MOS Technology releases 8-bit 6502 microprocessor.   * Gene Carter. Apple Computer, Inc. Collection, ca. 1977-1995.  M1059.  (Sales history of Apple II; marketing of Apple III.)
1976. Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs build Apple I computer.   * Homebrew Computer Club. Papers, 1976-1987. In: Silicon Valley Ephemera Collection, M443.
1977. Apple II introduced at the West Coast Computer Faire.   * Liza Loop. Papers, 1972-1984. (People's Computer Company, Atari, VisiCalc, Homebrew Computer Club)
1978.  Atari 400 and Atari 800 computers.   * People's Computer Company. Bimonthly, 1972-1978.  M861.
1979. Software Arts shows VisiCalc at the West Coast Computer Faire.   * Jef Raskin.  Papers.  Unprocessed collection.  (Macintosh Project)
1980. Microsoft acquires DOS   * Stanford Macintosh Users Group. Records, 1984-1990. SC378.
1981. IBM PC   *____. Newsletter, 1985-1989. M706.
1983. Apple introduces the Lisa.   * Stephen M. Cabrinety Collection in the History of Microcomputing (hardware, software, publications). M997. Unprocessed collection.
1984. Apple introduces the Macintosh   * Washington Apple Pi. Collection of User Group Publications. Unprocessed collection.

Selected Readings

* Jim Carlton. Apple: The Inside Story of Intrigue, Egomania, and Business Blunders. New York: Random House, 1997.

* Paul Friedberger and Michael Swaine.  Fire in the Valley: The Making of the Personal Computer.  Berkeley: Osborne/McGraw-Hill, 1984.  Updated ed. with CD-ROM-- New York: McGraw-Hill, 2000.

* Steven Levy. Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution. New York: Dell, 1984.

* Steven Levy. Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer That Changed Everything. New York: Penguin, 1994.

* Owen W. Linzmayer.  Apple Confidential: The Real Story of Apple Computer, Inc. San Francisco: No Starch Press, 1999.