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Dan Bricklin has some interesting

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 07, 2001

Dan Bricklin has some interesting material on his site related to the 20th anniversary of the IBM PC. There’s a transcript of the staff meeting that day at Software Arts, developer of VisiCalc, and some of Dan’s thoughts & recollections about his company’s interactions with IBM at the time. From the latter document:

“The IBM technical people were very anxious to tell us things and very proud of their machine. As Julian tells it, to get around the secrecy restrictions during the wait, what evolved was something like this: One of us would say ‘Does it have slots for plugging in accessories?’, and they would reply, ‘Well, a really good personal computer would have that, wouldn’t it?’, and we’d say ‘Yes’, and they’d say, ‘Well, this is a very good computer.’ It was very funny, but we ascertained what each side needed to know quite well.”