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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Andy Bechtolsheim born on this day in 1955 – Sun Microsystems and Google #history

Excerpt from The PC Pioneers The first 3M computer – one megapixel display, one megabyte of memory and a speed of one million instructions per second – was developed by… Read more »

They are our champions… #writing

Writers of books write for a range of reasons. It might be a lifelong ambition to write a particular book with no particular ambition for it as a career. Perhaps… Read more »

Literary challenges

Dan Brown was rejected and told his manuscript of The Da Vinci Code was ‘so badly written’. Fortunately another publisher did not agree. Jacqueline Susann received this review, ‘…she is… Read more »

Apple LaserWriter prototypes supplied in 1984 to Aldus, Adobe #history

Excerpts from The PC Pioneers It was when Apple LaserWriter, Adobe Postscript and Aldus PageMaker were combined, desktop publishing became the killer application that saved the Macintosh – and Apple;… Read more »

Significance of Genres #writing

One of my early surprises as a writer was when publishers and agents require you to squeeze your work into a genre. I took this the wrong way, hadn’t I… Read more »

Data by TV launched on this day in 1974 – Ceefax #history

Extract from The PC Pioneers It did not take long for computing and television to be espoused.  These two high-value family purchases were initially located remotely; the television was the… Read more »

Sun City drubbing #thriller

Excerpt from Route of Evil Theo needed to win some cash so he would not be obliged to take the very next job that came along. At the blackjack table… Read more »

Sega Master System, launched in 1986 – and Sonic the Hedgehog #history

Extract from The PC Pioneers Just when you might have thought that PCs would take over the games business by exercising one of many software attributes, the console makers upped… Read more »

The remarkable queen of the Basques – Jeanne of Navarre #history

Extract from 1492 and all that! Henry II of Navarre married very well, to Marguerite of Angoulême the sister of King Francis I of France. Their daughter Jeanne d’Albret was… Read more »

Steve Jobs left Apple on this day in 1985

Excerpt from The PC Pioneers Steve Jobs, while still with Apple, helped create the Apple University Consortium which offered faculty members, students and their institutions to acquire Apple equipment at… Read more »

It’s today! Route of Evil is now fully available…

My latest thriller is available today – from these great eBook and paperback retailers: Amazon on all twelve national Amazon sites (for Kindle or Paperback) Kindle UK – Kindle USA… Read more »

On this day in 1958 the first IC #history

Excerpt from The PC Pioneers Kilby had pursued a different route to others connecting the capacitors, transistors and resistors with fine gold wiring that he called ‘flying wires’.  He had… Read more »

 

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