Christie's auction and other computer history events

From: Merle K. Peirce <>
Date: Fri Feb 18 09:27:29 2005

Remember bill, a lot of the bigger British companies required government
help - to fail.

On Thu, 17 Feb 2005, William Donzelli wrote:

> > 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

M. K. Peirce
Rhode Island Computer Museum, Inc.
Shady Lea, Rhode Island 
"Casta est quam nemo rogavit."
              - Ovid
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