How Did IBM Create the Personal Computer | Dr. Dave Bradley | TEDxBocaRaton

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In the 1970's IBM was the big, bad computer giant that built huge mainframes with all their own hardware and software. Yet in 1981 it introduced an open, personal machine priced for everyone, using commercial, off the shelf components. How did they go from Big to Small? Dave Bradley joined IBM in Boca Raton as Senior Associate Engineer in June 1975, after receiving a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. Dave spent his first years working on small systems — Series/1 and then System/23 DataMaster. In September, 1980, Dave became one of the “original 12” engineers working on the IBM Personal Computer, responsible for the ROM BIOS code. He continued to work on Personal Computer systems including the PC XT, the PS/2 Model 30 and the 486/25 Power Platform and the PS/2 Models 90 and 95. Dave is best known as the inventor of the infamous three-key sequence, Ctl-Alt-Del. He finished his IBM career in the eServer xSeries Architecture and Technology department, working on advanced technology projects for the xSeries servers. Dave was one of the original members of the IBM Academy of Technology when it was formed in 1989 and has served for a total of 5 years on its Technology Council, the governing body of the group. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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