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Priming the Pump: How TRS-80 Enthusiasts Helped Spark the PC Revolution

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Priming the Pump: How TRS-80 Microcomputer Enthusiasts Helped Spark the PC Revolution by David Welsh and Theresa Welsh takes you back to the largely unknown origins of personal computing. Personal computers grew out of a hobbyist movement in the 1970s, as some began experimenting with the new microchips, building their own computers. Kit computers appeared, available from ...more
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Published May 21st 2007 by The Seeker Books
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Jerry
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: conviction, retro
It’s useful to remember that there was a time when it was all new and wonderful.


David and Theresa Welsh wrote some of the first great software for the TRS-80, and knew a lot of the other people who were also writing great software. In Priming the Pump, they talk about the history of personal computers and the first non-kit mass-market personal computer, the TRS-80 Model I.

This is not a book about a bunch of cool events tied together to form a history—though it certainly has its cool anecdotes.
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John Sheppard
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic read simply because it brought me back to a time ... a time seemingly filled with wonder … a time when the WORLD was changing and I was part of it and knew it! Something that is still ongoing and daily makes me overly glad to be here!!!

If you were there having fun with a Trash 80 then read this book! You will love it.
Mark Eichin
Oct 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
This book was written for me and my high-school "computer friends", who grew up on the TRS-80 computers; the authors dug up (or simply *remembered*) a great wealth of industry gossip about what was, in the end, a groundbreaking dead-end of computing. If you actually had a model I/III/4/4p, subscribed to 80 micro, and knew what LDOS was (even if you didn't get to actually *buy* it) then this book is aimed at you, pretty directly - and really, noone else. I don't actually think it will be of ...more
John
Nov 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Great read--if you fondly remember hacking away on TRS-80s.
Eric
Feb 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
It was a decent book, but it was more about the Model I/III computers. I had a TRS-80 Color Computer, so there wasn't as much stuff of interest too me. It was an interesting computer history read.
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