In the year In 1983, a whopping 2,000 pieces of software were produced for Apple’s pre-Macintosh computer, the Apple II—more than any other machine in the world. This left a trail for a historian to understand The Apple II Era: How the Computer Became Personal.
of New book (New York University academic Layne Noni) argues that it is the first. Buyers True neglected pioneers of that software in the seven years before the Macintosh. And (as this reviewer explains, with quotes from the book) In general, they form a very interesting story about the history of Apple:
It’s about all those brave and curious users who “not to hack, not to play… not to program, not to publish…” and can track down the details of their decades-old software programs. It is a fresh and original approach to the history of technology. Yes, the Apple II competed with Commodore’s PET 2001 and Tandy’s TRS-80… [But] This set of programs gives users a unique look He did It’s what users expect their computers to be able to do with their personal computers, or perhaps more precisely.
In retrospect, Noni describes the period as “one of unusually industrious and experimental software production, with mom-and-pop development houses trying to create software that satisfies the question ‘what is a computer even for…?'” The book jacket promises a “constellation of software innovation stories”.[T]The book ultimately focuses more on the lessons that programmers could learn from these strange new devices—and how the software-buying public responded (or didn’t)… The emergence of the first personal computing in America was a “spectacular mangle,” Noni writes, that turned into “an era in which overnight entrepreneurs could no longer build consumers.”
In May, Vice republished an excerpt stating this.Argument debate” held on copy protection In 1981