R.I.P. Computer Pioneer Andrew Kay

Andrew Kay, Pioneer in Computing, Dies at 95

Mr. Kay came to the personal computer industry when he observed that his son-in-law was having trouble moving a bulky Apple II that came with a separate monitor. It occurred to him that an all-in-one machine would be more portable.

His “portable” weighed twenty-nine pounds.

That people were willing to lug that around should have been the moment everyone woke up to portable computing being serious and not a passing fad.

Today people carry phones in their pockets that are probably more powerful than a roomful of Kaypros.

He helped to push everyone forward. Rest in peace.

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