Posted by: Jeremy Reimer on Fri Dec 7 11:06:14 2012.
This is a recreation of the original article that was published at:http://jeremyreimer.com/postman/node/329
I have written two articles based on this data at Ars Technica:
Total Share: 30 years of personal computer market share figures - December 2005
From Altair to iPad: 35 years of personal computer market share - August 2012
(The second article also includes smartphone and tablet market share and compares them to the growth of the personal computer)
The first personal computer, the MITS Altair 8080, was released in 1975 and changed the world forever. A handful of geeks (Bill Gates included) saw this humble $395 kit as the beginning of something big... but nobody knew how big!
The Altair sold a few thousand units in 1975. Today, more than 300 million personal computers are sold each year! How did we get here, and which computer platforms were around for the journey? A lot of people who have come into personal computing recently do not know that there were once many different platforms-- a glance at a 1980 issue of Popular Computing revealed over 100 different manufacturers of incompatible brands!
The following graphs reveal some of the story, and show the incredible growth of the industry. They should also spark some memories of platforms gone by.
All figures in 1,000’s of units
Download the data in Excel format
Notes on sources
Posted by: Jeremy Reimer on Wed Dec 5 17:07:53 2012.
A bunch of stuff from the old jeremyreimer.com still hasn’t been transferred over yet, but the main blog is (hopefully) working!
This new server is actually an Amazon EC2 instance I’m trying out. Yes, jeremyreimer.com is going into the cloud. Will we ever escape it? Who knows?
Further exciting updates as they come in!
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Posted by: Jeremy Reimer on Wed Nov 14 16:00:21 2012.
This is a rendering of the Pegasus Carrier that I did in 3D Studio Max. This is the main ship in my Masters Trilogy of science-fiction novels.
Here’s the view from underneath. You can see the massive heat shield that dominates the underside of the ship. This is necessary for the ship to survive the jump into hyperspace, which takes place close to the surface of a star.
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Posted by: Jeremy Reimer on Wed Oct 17 13:40:40 2012.
I just saw this:
and I was like this:
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Posted by: Jeremy Reimer on Thu Sep 20 10:34:48 2012.
Oh, not much.
Just commanded the Starship Enterprise.
This was taken at the PNE. My wife is handling Riker’s duties (she didn’t want to be Counsellor Troi-- who does?) and my brother-in-law is ably manning the science station. Or maybe it’s the weapons station. Or the security station. Well, it’s whatever the script needs it to be, okay?
This was part of the awesome Star Trek exhibit. It’s a full-size replica of the original bridge set, which was destroyed in the disappointing Generations movie. I also got to sit in Kirk’s original chair, which was pretty awesome.
EDIT: Okay here’s a pic of me in Kirk’s chair.
EDIT AGAIN: And here’s the NCC-1701D’s transporter room:
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Posted by: Jeremy Reimer on Thu Aug 30 11:56:38 2012.
We are all told: "Don’t judge a book by its cover". Unfortunately, this is just another of the many lies that people propagate. Books ARE judged by their covers, and this is one area where independent authors are at a disadvantage compared to traditional publishers. Sure, it would be great to contract out to a real artist or graphic designer to make a stunning cover (and certainly better in the long run than letting a publisher do so in exchange for taking more of your royalty forever) but what if you don’t have the money? What if you are just starting out?
Well, it turns out that if you are short on money, there are actually lots of great tools that will let you produce a stunning book cover for free.
Posted by: Jeremy Reimer on Fri Aug 17 20:03:38 2012.
Here’s my pet peeve of the day: Blogs that say things like: "Find out the answer after the fold" or "More after the jump".
YOU ARE A WEB PAGE. THERE IS NO FOLD. THERE IS NO JUMP. If I want to continue reading, I will continue reading. Maybe I’ll have to scroll down. If I care enough, I will. I’ve never once gone to a blog and thought to myself: "Well, this wasn’t interesting enough to keep reading, but I have to find out what’s after that jump!" What the hell is a jump, anyway?
Oh, you put a stupid ad to break up your content? Is that what you meant? Wow, I’ve almost lost interest in your page now. Oh look, there’s the "Close" button on the tab. I wonder what happens if I press that?
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Posted by: Jeremy Reimer on Tue Aug 14 20:24:20 2012.
It’s hard to believe the last time I did one of these articles was 2005, and since then not one but TWO new product categories have been introduced to the world.
I’m pretty happy with the way this article turned out, which is pretty much exactly how I wanted it: a nostalgia trip for the personal computer industry and a comparison with the new smartphone and tablet world.
Oh, here’s the link:
Posted by: Jeremy Reimer on Mon Aug 13 11:05:14 2012.
August 13, 1982. A young, precocious ten year-old boy finally convinces his family to let him tape record the evening meal.
Thirty years later, a much older boy finds the tape in a closet and decides to try and preserve long-lost family memories. (Digitizing and cleaning up the audio was an interesting process, and I’ll blog about that later).
I was a bit of a twit back in those days, a bit of a know-it-all, and I liked to interrupt people a lot. I think a lot of it was being ten, and the rest of it was due to my excitement at finally being able to record dinner. It was kind of a like a very early podcast!
Hearing my mom and dad’s voices again is very bittersweet, but I also laughed a lot. Check out the coffee grinder at 26 minutes in!
You can read more about the "Flying Bandit" that my dad referred to (and once met) here:http://thiswaswinnipeg.blogspot.ca/2008/07/flying-bandit.html
Direct download link for iPhones and iPads
Posted by: Jeremy Reimer on Sun Aug 5 22:52:16 2012.