From: Tom Jennings <>
Date: Sat Nov 20 12:51:42 2004

On Fri, 2004-11-19 at 19:44, Jim Arnott wrote:

> Evans: "Well, I think Gary Kildall is the most abused of all the
> innovators. In justice to him, to his memory, his is the most monstrous
> story in the book. We all of us today benefit from Gary Kildall's
> innovations, and they were basically snitched from him. He was betrayed
> by IBM. He should be celebrated instead of forgotten, and he is the one
> I feel the strongest about.

While I tend to dislike "heroization" of people in general, Kildall and
crew did a lot of quality work and weren't particularly egotistic about
it. As I recall (immediately suspicious phrase :-) they just shut up and
made good stuff.

As I mentioned a few days ago, it didn't occur to me at the time,
neophyte that I was, that what stood out in DR products was quality, and
lack of bugginess. Not much from that time was that good (Micropro Int'l
products WordMaster, WordStar come to mind). I didn't appreciate it,
really, at the time.
Received on Sat Nov 20 2004 - 12:51:42 GMT

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