Christie's auction and other computer history events

From: William Donzelli <>
Date: Thu Feb 17 17:24:17 2005

> Not only do AMericans not invent everything, we in fact haven't
> invented a lot; but we develop the livin' shit out of it.

Do most American's (well, nedy ones, anyway) really claim that all
computing inventions were invented in the US? Frankly, I don't hear that
claim very often at all. What is very true is the British ability to make
computer companies that fail miserably (sorry, not a flame, guys - a good
book on the subject is *Innovating for Failure* by the MIT Press.).

I do find it amazing that the Europeans in general have never managed to
grab even a small chunk of the world computing market. Can anyone overseas
offer some insight? It is not like that machines are crap or anything -
well, no more crap than anyone elses.

And yes, Univacs machines are, ummm, not great. Lots of weirdness - maybe
that is why they are cool. Burroughs, too.

William Donzelli
Received on Thu Feb 17 2005 - 17:24:17 GMT

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