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January 26, 2005

Digging Silicon Valley's roots: some Homebrew Computer Club & other newsletters online

by Doug Millison for

While Tom and Candida are out digging up the latest Silicon Valley news live, up close, and personal, let's take a trip down Silicon Valley's Memory Lane and check out the collection of Homebrew Computer Club Newsletters (and more) at the online DigiBarn Computer Museum...

January 26, 2005 08:15 AM


It's great to see some of the Homebrew Computer Club Newsletters online - in fact, I've still got a coupon for the Byte Store that fell out of one when I was showing it to my kids. Think anyone will honor it?
Seriously, we're also old DDJ fans - I remember the first issues of DDJ and the "running light" slogan well. That's why 386BSD a decade later had so many HCC and DDJ references, including Tiny 386BSD, an entire Berkeley Unix system on a single floppy that old-style Unix guys said "couldn't be done" (just like how Tom Pittman's Tiny BASIC from itty bitty machines tipped the old BASIC monopoly in the 1970's) and the slogan "running light with 386BSD" appearing in DDJ after a 17-part series on "Porting Unix to the 386", completing a project begun in 1989 with "386BSD: A Modest Proposal" for Berkeley and DDJ, and ending with the "386BSD 1.0 Reference CDROM" from DDJ (1994-1997), along with books and videos running to this day.
386BSD was intentionally biased towards the DDJ hobbyist / reader - not the old-style Unix guru. We don't regret it - we really had a blast, just like the old HCC days. William Jolitz.

Posted by: William Jolitz at January 27, 2005 09:23 AM

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