28 February 2016

Personal, in a cabinet

John Markoff has the obit for Wesley A. Clark, designe of an early computer with which I was otherwise unfamiliar. At MIT's Lincoln Laboratory in the early 1960s, an era dominated by mainframe computing, Clark built LINC, a workstation set up to fit into a medical research lab, powered by a 12-bit processor running at 0.5 MHz. As such, Clark paved the runway for personal computing and the innovative Alto by Alan Kay in the following decade.

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