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Reminiscences of the VLSI Revolution (2012) [pdf] (worrydream.com)
56 points by dunkelheit 3 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 6 comments



I'm only halfway through it, but this is an absolutely fascinating article. Among many other interesting historical details, I was particularly interested to learn how closely the early development of VLSI design was linked to the ARPANET.


I had to google it, so for anyone else's benefit:

VLSI is "Very Large Scale Integration"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Very-large-scale_integration


She's really inspiring for me as a trans woman in computing. It's crazy to think about transitioning in 1968 and what that looked like. There are so few trans icons in the world at large and it's nice to have one here to look up to.


Indeed.

I suppose the glass-half full perspective is that it got her fired at IBM, so she had the freedom to join PARC.

It no doubt sucked at the time, but I can't see anything as open or far-sighted coming out of and being shared by IBM research.


That Memorex 7100 is a beauty!


Watson does it again!




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