Friday, 11 February 2011

So long then, Ken Olsen

Ken Olsen, founder of DEC, passed away aged 84 on Sunday 7th February. Read a short obituary here. I used to consider DEC as the nimble young upstart snapping at IBM's heels and making computing affordable. My first real computing experience was on the undergraduate DEC-10 system (running TOPS10) at Leeds - and it shaped my subsequent career, though various PDP-8 and PDP-11 minis featured even before that. RIP Ken.