A Design History of Computer Vapourware

Book - 2013
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While most historical accounts of the development of computer design focus on specific computers or manufacturers, examining the success stories of hardware and operating systems, Delete: A Design History of Computer Vapourware creates a completely new narrative by investigating the machines that didn't make it. Fascinating, full-colour images of computer designs, many of them previously unpublished, are accompanied by the hitherto untold stories of their planning and development, the pitfalls and successes in their creation, the market and competition at the time and the reasons why they never finally appeared for sale. Appealing both to a broad audience and to a more specialist one of designers and computer historians, Delete, with its unique collection of prototypes that never made it to the market, depicts a technological world that might have been.
Publisher: London ;, New York :, Bloomsbury Academic,, 2013
ISBN: 9780857853462
Call Number: 004.09 At56d
Characteristics: x, 240 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 x 24 cm


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Jul 22, 2017

Chuckled at IBM "Atari" PC computer strawman plan to get board members to say "what we're the largest computer company in the world & we can't develop our own personal computer? We're having to buy a toy." or Lowe's here our plan riposte.
There's other vaporwares including Babbage's analytical machine, the infamous Honeywell kitchen computer displayed in Neiman Marcus's 1969 catalog or Xerox's dynabook


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