The personal computer revolution

Personal computers have only been around from the 1970’s. That is to say that they are not very old, but they ARE older than you, so you may not be acquainted with their history.

View this video and answer the questions below

  The Personal Computer Revolution Crash Course Computer Scie.webm

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1.      One of the first personal computers was the Altair 8800. (I built one of those from a kit in order to support a computer programming course!)   How was Bill Gates instrumental in making that computer successful?

2.      Computer enthusiasts liked building their own computers, but businesses wanted a computer that could be used “right out of the box”.  List several of those.

3.      Compare and contrast the terms open architecture and closed architecture.