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Chapter 1. COMPUTER NETWORKING OVERVIEW > The Advent of the Personal Computer

The Advent of the Personal Computer

Many techno-historians would debate which of the personal computers that appeared in the late 1970s and early 1980s really captured the imagination of early PC computer users and led to the personal computer revolution. You would certainly have to say that, for the most part, these early PC aficionados were adventurous folk with both extra disposable income and time on their hands.

An illustration: In 1975, Popular Electronics featured the Altair 8800 personal computer on its cover. Created by Micro Instrumentation Telemetry Systems (MITS), the Altair was a kit computer; it had to be assembled by the user. This cover story, however, led to a huge increase in orders for the Altair.


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