In this special episode of Defrag Tools, following up on our most recent expeditions through the Microsoft Archives, Chad Beeder visits the Living Computer Museum in Seattle, and takes a hands-on trip through their extensive collection of Microsoft-related artifacts, with tour guide Aaron Alcorn.
[00:00] Welcome to the Living Computer Museum!
[02:40] DEC PDP-7 from 1964 - only working example of a PDP-7 in the world today.
[05:19] Bill Gates and Paul Allen in school: teletype connection to a GE mainframe
[07:10] MITS Altair 8800 running Microsoft's first product: Altair BASIC
[14:39] Gates and Allen didn't have an Altair to write software on - they had to make an emulator on a DEC PDP-10.
[15:55] ...Let's look at a PDP-10!
[18:10] You can connect online to the museum's mainframes and play with them yourself!
[19:26] Control Data Corporation 6500: Seymour Cray's $8 million supercomputer from the 1960s.
[23:29] Original IBM PC from 1981, MS-DOS 2.10 and Microsoft PC BASIC
[26:50] PC AT running Windows 1.0 with an original Microsoft Mouse
[29:49] Office Professional on many, many floppies - installing to your hard drive was an ordeal
[31:40] Windows 95! Introduction of the Start Button!
[33:40] Windows ME and Microsoft Bob - early ancestor of today's virtual assistants like Cortana and Siri
[36:14] Microsoft SoftCard (Microsoft's first hardware product: a Z80 processor card which enabled an Apple II to run CP/M)
[37:47] Microsoft Cordless Phone System - here's a TV commercial for it.(Note: Not compatible with Windows NT or Macintosh)
[42:05] Lots of other cool stuff to see! Check it out!
[44:43] Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to the Living Computer Museum for hosting us!
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