Steven Sinofsky+ Your Authors @stevesi ॐ • investing • advising • writing • with @a16z @boxhq @tanium @everlaw… • Writings @ • 📷•🧘🏻‍♂️• tweets kept for 3 months Jan. 25, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

“<X> is a toy…” has been a common refrain for decades as new technologies are labeled toys. The first personal computers were clearly hobbyist toys. Here’s a 1977 article where the toy CPU was compared to the IBM 370 CPU. FYI, Microsoft’s original phone number was 425-8080.


Now that this is a thread correcting my ridiculous typo (that will cause me lost sleep), please enjoy this long list of “[…] is a toy” from a while back. ♻️ 

PS/ If I did the math correctly, adding 16MB of memory to an IBM 370 in the 1970s would cost about $1.2M in 1975 dollars and I believe a lease was required.

Comparison: *new* IBM mainframe serving all of Cornell in 1985 had 4MB. The newer 3090 “super computer” w/64MB cost $5M.

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