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Western Digital pioneered this ribbon-cable standard for hard drive connections more than 20 years ago, despite early cables that were prone to shorting and breaking down altogether.
This workhorse printer became a mainstay in office environments, where you can still find them cranking out pages today. In 1991, the LaserJet IIISi introduced network printing to the world while simultaneously ensuring continued work for IT guys.
A pioneer in commercial Linux software, Red Hat legitimized the open-source space and helped other projects, such as Ubuntu (see #50), get their footing.
Cambridge SoundWorks invented the satellite/subwoofer concept, and its introduction of the divine 2.1-channel MicroWorks blew the PC market wide open. Eleven years later, our Lab set is still thumpin’.
This chunky, supercheap proto-PC at least looked like a computer, introducing many to BASIC and LOGO programming, as well as the joys of the tape drive.
A pre-Compaq “luggable,” the Osborne 1 was a CP/M machine that came preloaded with business applications like WordStar. Osborne’s meteoric rise and almost immediate fall are one of computing’s great and tragic yarns.
Originally the programming project of a University of Illinois student, Eudora made the world of email available to millions of consumers—those who didn’t use AOL, anyway.
This “lowercase” pc featured an Intel 8080 CPU and was primarily a kit computer for hobbyists, sold via an ad in Popular Electronics. This early bird turned people on to the primitive possibilities of ’puters.
Today, scanners are so cheap and easy to produce they are practically given away, but they were once expensive monstrosities that were nonetheless necessary in the pre-digital-photo age.
One 3.5-inch drive. One terabyte of storage. It took 13 years for the hard drive industry to surmount its second “big” barrier (see #18). Will we see petabyte drives by 2020?