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Rick Mili - Donation - June 2011

Rick Mili BYTE Magazines
Rick Mili from the Toronto area was heartbroken to think about throwing out a collection of older support materials for computers had had. He shared his thoughts with us - which are common to many individuals who have used computers since the "golden era". Rick says (about his donation) "It represents the rapid evolution of technology from some very humble beginnings to the slick gadgets that we often take for granted today. Also, for me personally, it brings back memories of a simpler time when everything was so much less complicated. Your message made my day."

Rick Mili An extensive amount of materials were included with Rick when he dropped in.

• Operating Systems (CPM/86, Windows 95, NT, OS/2)
• DOS Applications (Sidekick, Javelin, etc.)
• Windows Applications (Quattro Pro, Lotus Smartsuite, etc.)
• Microsoft Development Tools (QuickBasic, VisualBasic, QuickC, etc.)
• Other Development Tools (Alpha Four/Five, VX-Rexx, Turbo C, etc.)
• PC Games (various)
• Mac (OS 7.5, Powerpoint, Excel, Utilities, etc.)
• Apple ][ (original cassette tapes, various utilities and games)
• Third party books (microcomputers and computer technology in general)
• Third party manuals supplements (dBase II, Wordstar, QuickBasic, etc.)
• Apple Magazines (C.A.L.L. Apple, Softalk, Apple Orchard, Maple Orchard, Nibble, etc.)
• BYTE Magazine (early 80's)
• PC Magazines - PC & Tech Journal (mid-80's)
• Misc computer magazines (early to mid-80's)
• Hardware Toshiba T1100 laptop (two floppy disk drives)
• Cables (SCSI, serial, IDE, etc.)

You can check out more pictures from the day Rick came to visit.

Did you know?

Byte magazine was an influential microcomputer magazine in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, because of its wide-ranging editorial coverage. Whereas many magazines from the mid-1980s had been dedicated to the MS-DOS (PC) platform or the Mac, mostly from a business user's perspective, Byte covered technical developments in the entire field of "small computers and software", and sometimes included in-depth features on other computing fields as well, such as supercomputers and high-reliability computing.

Byte continued to grow. By 1990, it was a monthly about an inch in thickness, a readership of technical professionals, and a subscription price of $56/year (quite pricey). It was the "must-read" magazine of the popular computer magazines. Around 1993, Byte began to develop a web presence. It acquired domain name byte.com and began to have discussions and post selected editorial content.

Byte's readership and advertising revenue were declining when McGraw-Hill sold the magazine to CMP Media, a successful publisher of specialized computer magazines in May 1998. The magazine's editors and writers expected its new owner to revitalize Byte but CMP ceased publication with the July 1998 issue, laid off all the staff and shut down Byte's rather large product-testing lab.


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