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Who’s Who: The Wizards and Their Machines

Who’s Who: The Wizards and Their Machines

Bob Albrecht. Founder of People’s Computer Company who took visceral pleasure in exposing youngsters to computers.

Altair 8800. The pioneering microcomputer that galvanized hardware hackers. Building this kit made you learn hacking. Then you tried to figure out what to do with it.

Apple II. Steve Wozniak’s friendly, flaky, good-looking computer, wildly successful and the spark and soul of a thriving industry.

Atari 800. This home computer gave great graphics to game hackers like John Harris, though the company that made it was loath to tell you how it worked.

Bob and Carolyn Box. World-record-holding gold prospectors turned software stars, working for Sierra On-Line.


  

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