Anonymous, We Need you!
In 1981 I took delivery of the third IBM PC sold in Los Angeles. It was a 12 bit machine that ran an Intel 8088 processor. It had 56k of RAM. It had a floppy and a casette drive! No native software yet existed for it, so 8 bit programs were utilized in the interim. I also bought a Diablo daisy wheel printer, dBase, Lotus 1-2-3, and WordStar, all command driven programs, as no graphic user interface would be available for DOS machines until Windows 95. It all cost me more than a new Posche!
I became quite proficient in WordStar, and mastered dBase and Lotus well enough to teach classes in all three programs. I was even hired by Xerox to teach Lotus and DOS to their sales force.
I started law school the following year. Mine was the only computer on campus, although the…
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