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Bill Gates

Writer of BASIC; Founder of Microsoft


First computer written language; written by Bill Gates and Paul Allen


Biggest supplier of computer language as of 1980

Bill Gates and Gary Kildall

Two who were contested against each other to become IBM's software supplier

Jack Sams

Former IBM executive; organized Microsoft's meeting with IBM

Operating System

What Microsoft lacked that IBM wanted

Steve Ballmer

Vice President of Microsoft; Former room-mate of Gates, saw importance of IBM meeting

Bill Lowe

Former head of IBM Developement Team (1980); Ran lab in Boca Raton, FL; first one to propose "open architecture" to IBM

International Business Machines

What does IBM stand for?

Beginner's All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code

What does BASIC stand for?

Open Architecture

Building of a product (In this case, IBM's first PC) using only parts purchased from other suppliers.


Only component of IBM's PC that was made by IBM

Basic Input Output System

What does BIOS stand for?

Jim Warren

Friend of Gary Kildall during Graduate School; Founder of West Coast Computer Faire

Tim Patterson

Saved deal between Microsoft and IBM by creating a OS called QDOS; Owner of CL Computer Products

Gary Kildall

Man who turned away IBM; Inventor of first OS called CP/M

Operating System

What does OS stand for?


What was the OS Tim Patterson created?

Dan Bricklin

Creator of VisiCalc

Boca Raton

City in Florida where IBM's PC was built

Larry Ellison

Thought IBM made a $100 million mistake by giving one third of IBM PC sales to Microsoft and one third to Intel; Founder of Oracle

Tom Watson, Sr.

Founder of IBM; With help from son got IBM to emerge as the top computer in the world

Big Blue

Nickname for IBM

Tom Watson, Jr.

Helped father to raise IBM as top computer company in the world

Frank Carey

Chariman of IBM; recognized the PC explosion as a threat to business

Paul Allen

Created MS DOS; Helped write BASIC

Disk Operating System

What does DOS stand for?

Rod Canion

Used reverse engineering to create portable IBM PC; One founder of Compaq


Head-on competetor of IBM; clone IBM PC but portable

Bob Cringely

Host of the Triumph of the Nerds

Intergalactic Digital Research

What is the name of Gary Kildall's company?

too laid back and avoided conflict

What were Gary Kildall's flaws that kept him from prospering and being as rich or richer than Bill Gates?


Unit for 1000 Lines of Code


Operators who have never used a CPM/IBM unit


BIOS is a type of...

Reverse Engineering

Figuring out how a pre-existing product works in hopes to create a similar product

killer app(lication)

an application that people will buy a computer system just to use

Lotus 1-2-3

Killer App for IBM PC


What was Lotus 1-2-3 based off of?


Company that is a society in itself; wanted to compete with Apple PCs after the Apple explosion (originally sold mainframes)

OS and language

What did Sams ask Gates and Kildall for while representing IBM?

sent IBM away

What was Kildall's mistake that could have given him a future full of prosperity?


To make the exact same product as another company and sell it


What set an American business record of $111,000,000 in the first year of sales?


Operating system created by Microsoft for IBM

riding the bear

Business is tough. You're either with it, or you're being trampled by it.

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