Author Archives: Lee Felsenstein

About Lee Felsenstein

Lee Felsenstein declared himself a future inventor at the age of 9, studied a wayward radio/TV repair correspondence course from the age of 12 and worked designing electronic circuits for professional audio duplication systems and audio/visual information retrieval systems before he completed his BSEE degree at Berkeley. Concluding in 1970 that networked computers would be the key technology to enable self-reconstruction of societal institutions, he explored the developing counterculture, the underground "people's computer" scene and was there at the beginning of the personal computer industry, publishing specifications that defined the ways in which the personal computer would be more than simply a small computer. Lee has implemented these specifications by designing them into products. Though perhaps best known for the design of the Osborne-1 portable computer, in fact his work is embedded in every personal computer in the form of the architecture of the display section - the use of display memory shared with the microprocessor's main memory. He was involved in the first social media public-access system in 1973, defined the structure of the highly effective Homebrew Computer Club in Silicon Valley, and prototyped the first wearable computer system incorporating a CD-ROM. Lee is also a writer and speaker when not engaged in new product design and development. He claims that, while having learned many skills, his sole talents are those of "daydreamer and explainer".

Opening the Door to Cyberspace

My chapter in “Social Media Archeology and Poetics”, an anthology edited by Judy Malloy published 2016 by The MIT Press – reprinted by permission. Malloy_final_text

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PC Culture – W. Isaacson

On December 20, 2013 I received an email from Bob Frankston, Dan Bricklin and David Reed discussing Walter Isaacson’s forthcoming book on PC culture and its origins. Isaacson is blogging early chapters of his book and asked my correspondents’ opinions of the first blog. The blog page in question is here. Dan Bricklin’s response is […]

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