My high-tech adventure: Chapter 1, Introduction

In 2012 I wrote a short book titled My High-Tech Adventure, which  recorded personal memories of my experiences working in the computer industry during the time period 1950s through 2012. The following blog and others soon to be published on this website are a serialized version of the original book.

Other published chapters

My high-tech adventure: Chapter 2, Early experiences with computers

Introduction

This is not a history of computing (there are plenty of those already!), but rather a description of things I actually had experience with myself.  I have written this because I think a “remembrance” of computing might be more interesting to some people than just a history. Computing has changed so much in the years I have been in it, that it might be hard to for some people to believe that the world of computers did not always revolve around Microsoft Windows and the Internet.

My years in elementary school through my graduation from college coincided with the initial development of commercial computers and the birth of the computer industry.

The following table lists the dates I was in school and some of the most popular IBM computers at the time. This information will help to set the context for the next few chapters.

Note: During these years there were also computers marketed by other companies like CDC (Control Data Corporation) and UNIVAC, but my experience was mostly with computers from IBM.

Popular IBM computers during my time in school
Popular IBM computers during my time in school

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