For any parents trying to reconcile the joy of watching their children run around--properly catechized, of course--for Easter eggs, while trying to tune out feelings
of "getting old
"--unsettlingly reminiscent of what many of us thought of our own parents--here's another thought for you:
The Apple ][
personal computer [†] was introduced 40 years ago today
, in 1977
, at the first of the West-Coast Computer Faires (in San Francisco). That computer was by no means the first electronic product to qualify as a "personal computer" as the term is understood today, but it was the first runaway-successful one. It boasted an installable memory limit 48 kilobytes
, but only for those enthusiasts affluent enough to be able to afford the new envelope-pushing 16 kilobit
Like the single-circuit-board kit-only Apple I, its CPU was MOS Technology's
The company had been founded 1 year earlier, on the U.S. April Fools' Day, but its incorporation was delayed for 3/4 year, to the Monday (January 3) after 1977 New Year's Day, which was only 3½ months before the WCCF introduction.
Back in 1977, the subject day in April was Easter Saturday
. For political perspective, Jimmy Carter had been President of the U.S.A. for 4 days less than 3 months.
Note †: E.g.: "[Part] 3-The Apple II": <http://apple2history.org/history/ah03/
>, after a page-visitor tunes out the waaay overboard size of its initial image, presents waaay more than enough technical-history detail to establish its credibility. Yes, that PC's logo--if not also legal trademark--used 2 misordered (square) brackets "][", instead of a pair of capital-'I', as a perverse pair of Roman numerals to identify the 2nd
major product from Apple Computer (beware that CathInfo's SMF BB-Code posting syntax might prevent me from displaying them properly).
Note ‡: "MOS" abbreviates the semiconductor technology "Metal Oxide on Silicon". More modern readers might've encountered the letters "CMOS" from time to time; that abbreviates the especially low-power-consumption semiconductor technology "Complementary
Metal Oxide on Silicon".