Lecture 9 - The Computer Hobby Movement
- Microcomputer manufacturers were unable to attract the general public to their
products because of three reasons:
o Early PCs were too expensive for an average individual.
o General public was not well educated about computers and their benefits.
o None of the early PC companies could offer a ”killer” application that
would make their computers a highly desirable consumer electronic
- In 1974 The Hobbyists:
o They were explaining computers to the general public, motivating the
development of the personal computer industry, and helping to introduce
computers to homes.
o This movement was known as the computer hobby movement.
- The Mark-8 was an educational project to allow electronics hobbyists to get first-
hand experience with the fundamentals of digital computing.
- The hobby enthusiasm turned into a worldwide movement that appeared Popular
Electronics (PE) a few months after the publication of the Mark-8
- January 1975 issue of the magazine, informed the readers about Project
Breakthrough! World’s First Minicomputer Kit to Rival Commercial Models...
”ALTAIR 8800” -- The article is arguably one of the most important publications
to appear in a popular electronics magazine.
o The Altair 8800 had a profound impact on the computer enthusiasts and
quickly became their hardware icon.
- By the end of 1975, there were a number of microcomputer clubs.
- By 1976, micro computing became the world’s most exciting and fastest growing
- Computer Clubs -- Provided support and exchange of information on
programming and programming ai