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Milestone-Proposal:BIRTH OF THE PC OPERATING SYSTEM 1974
Milestone Buildings Exist Yes. The building has returned to use as a private residence.
Milestone Plaque Mounting Details The plaque will be mounted at the edge of the public sidewalk adjacent to a retaining wall surrounding the property.
Milestone Present Site Owner City of Pacific Grove. The Director of Pub City of Pacific Grove. The Director of Public Works/Community Development has given verbal permission to place the plaque on city property and is preparing a quotation for the cost of using the city resources to install the plaque. The city bureaucracy is unsure who is responsible for preparing such a letter, but the City Manager and the Mayor both support the project and assure me that it will not be a problem. d assure me that it will not be a problem.
Milestone Site Access Details The plaque will be mounted flush with the surface of the sidewalk and securely embedded in the concrete.
Milestone Site Description Gary Kildall (1942 – 1994) developed the f Gary Kildall (1942 – 1994) developed the first working prototype of the CP/M operating system in his home on Bayview Avenue, Pacific Grove in 1973 and 1974. In 1976 he incorporated Digital Research, Inc. (DRI) to commercialize the program and released version 1.3. The intended site for the plaque, a two-story Victorian residence at the corner of Lighthouse Avenue and Willow Street, served as the DRI headquarters building from 1978 to 1991. This was the site of a contentious 1980 IBM visit to negotiate a licensing agreement to offer CP/M as the operating system for the company’s upcoming personal computer. the company’s upcoming personal computer.
Milestone Site Owner Approval Yes  +
Milestone proposal submitted true  +
Proposed Milestone IEEE Section Santa Clara Valley Section  +
Proposed Milestone Location 801 Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950 GPS: 36.623549,-121.923315
Proposed Milestone Name The CP/M Microcomputer Operating System, 1974  +
Proposed Milestone Plaque Citation Dr. Gary A. Kildall demonstrated the first Dr. Gary A. Kildall demonstrated the first working prototype of CP/M (Control Program for Microcomputers) in Pacific Grove in 1974. Together with his invention of the BIOS (Basic Input Output System), Kildall’s operating system allowed a microprocessor-based computer to communicate with a disk drive storage unit and provided an important foundation for the personal computer revolution. tion for the personal computer revolution.
Proposed Milestone Year 1974  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 9 January 2014 21:32:36  +
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