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1990 - 1998
Steve Wozniak and Bill Fernandez build a computer with lights and switches, from parts rejected by local companies. They call it the Cream Soda Computer.
At Xerox PARC, Alan Kay proposes they build a portable personal computer, called the Dynabook, the size of an ordinary notebook. PARC management does not support it.
Kentucky Fried Computers is founded.
Steve Wozniak proposes that Hewlett-Packard create a personal computer. Steve Jobs proposes the same to Atari. Both are rejected.
Ross Perot asks Bill Gates about buying Microsoft.
Atari ad: "Atari promises to be the most popular Personal Computer System of the 1980's!"
Sol Libes quote in Byte magazine's ByteLines: "The 32-bit machine would be 'overkill' for a personal computer."
Quote from Tandy president John Roach, regarding IBM's entry into the microcomputer field: "I don't think it's that significant".
Apple Computer runs a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal with a headline that reads "Welcome IBM. Seriously.".
"640k should be enough for anybody." -Bill Gates.
Future Computing Inc. quote: "CP/M 2.2 is extremely important, and the Z80 chip will live forever because of it."
Quote by Steve Jobs, of Apple Computer, "We're prepared to live with Lisa for the next ten years."
Quote from Spinnaker Software chairman William Bowman: "We're just sitting here trying to put our PCjrs in a pile and burn them. And the damn things won't burn. That's the only thing IBM did right with it - they made it flameproof."
Quote by Apple Computer's Mike Markkula to Steve Jobs, on seeing the "1984" Macintosh TV ad: "You mean you really want to show this?"
Quote by Bill Gates, of Microsoft, when asked if he would develop software for the NeXT computer: "Develop for it? I'll piss on it."
Quote from a Lotus Development official, while demonstrating a new DOS version of Lotus 1-2-3: "We don't see Windows as a long-term graphical interface for the masses."
Microsoft vice president Brad Silverberg quote: DOS will be "with us forever. We've learned how passionate people are about DOS."
Quote from IBM's Lee Reiswig: "We will be enhancing OS/2 until the late 1990s."
Quote by Aaron Goldberg, of International Data Corp.: "I don't know if anyone has tried to run Windows on a 286 machine, but frankly I'd rather have knitting needles in my eyes."
Quote from Alex. Brown & Sons analyst, Mark Stahlman: "(Commodore) is likely to be one of the big success stories of the early 1990s."