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Personal Computer History: 1975-1984 | Low End Mac

Personal computer history doesn’t begin with IBM or Microsoft, although Microsoft was an early participant in the fledgling PC industry.

Altair 8800The first personal computers, introduced in 1975, came as kits: The MITS Altair 8800, followed by the IMSAI 8080, an Altair clone. (Yes, cloning has been around that long!) Both used the Intel 8080 CPU. That was also the year Zilog created the Z-80 processor and MOS Technology produced the 6502. Bill Gates and Paul Allen wrote a BASIC compiler for the Altair and formed Micro-soft.

In 1976, Apple’s two Steves (Jobs and Wozniak) designed the Apple I, Apple’s only “kit” computer (you had to add a keyboard, power supply, and enclosure to the assembled motherboard), around the 6502 processor. That was also the year that Electric Pencil, the first word processing program, and Adventure, the first text adventure for microcomputers, were released. Shugart introduced the 5.25″ floppy

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Moneydance – Personal Finance Manager for Mac, Windows, and Linux

“Viable alternative to Quicken”

4 Stars

“Moneydance is…fast, well-designed, regularly updated,
and well supported, and which seems to have a very satisfied user base—superlatives
not often used in conjunction with Quicken, the major player in the Macintosh personal finance market.

— Macworld review

“A much more solid contender”

“Moneydance…is a much more solid contender. This program manages to replicate much of Quicken’s
functionality — but in some cases a bit more elegantly…On a Windows PC with a moderately new processor
it was strikingly fast.”

— Washington Post –
Challenging the Finance Software Giants

“Boasts a robust set of features”

“Moneydance includes features of big-name personal finance programs but with a greater focus on privacy. …with its multicurrency mechanism, Moneydance is particularly useful for customers dealing with multiple foreign accounts or cryptocurrency.”

— CardRates.com

“The one I’ll be sticking with”

“The online banking type of

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