Hearing tech industry history…

Tom Rolander in front of house where IBM came to Digital Research

A few weeks ago Mrinal Desai wrote me on Facebook and said I had to meet his new boss.

I had no idea who Mrinal was, nor did I know anything about his boss or the new company he was pitching to me. Crossloop.

But, that little conversation led me to a phone conversation where he gave me a little taste of what was to come and got me more interested. His boss worked at Digital Research back in the early 1980s with Gary Kildall. My ears instantly perked up.

Don’t know who Gary Kildall is? You should. He’s the one that Bill Gates beat.

So, today I took Buzz and my son down to Pacific Grove to meet Mrinal and his boss.

And it just got more and more interesting.

His boss is Tom Rolander.

He was flying with Gary Kildall the day that IBM came knocking and asking to license Digital Research’s CPM.

You know the rest of the story. Digital Research lost to Microsoft and its DOS, which came from Tim Paterson who worked at a Seattle Computer Store.

But I had never before heard the story straight from the guy who was flying with Gary. I’ll get the video up this week. It’s an incredible piece of computing history.

The house above? That’s the house that IBM came and tried to get a deal with Digital Research and that’s Tom today.

Make sure to subscribe to ScobleShow. You won’t want to miss this one.

And that’s not the only incredible interview we have coming up on ScobleShow this week — also coming are interviews with IBM’s top intellectual property lawyer and a visit to Stanford University’s computer science department where we meet one of the smart people shaping the future there. I love how during the interview we nonchalantly learn that Google was started “across the hall.”

I love my job and thanks to Seagate for funding all of this (Tom even tells a story about Seagate’s founder, Al Shugart, inventor of the hard drive). I pinch myself every morning that I get to hang around such incredible people.

I wonder who’ll be next to introduce themselves in Facebook?

18 thoughts on “Hearing tech industry history…

  1. @ Betty – thank you so much for your nice comment from all of us at CrossLoop!
    We love interacting with our users and it is exactly this – your strong recommendation and desire to promote us that inspires us.
    And No – I do not know Betty or ask her to post this comment :)
    Thanks once again!

  2. @ Betty – thank you so much for your nice comment from all of us at CrossLoop!
    We love interacting with our users and it is exactly this – your strong recommendation and desire to promote us that inspires us.
    Thanks once again!

  3. @ Betty – thank you so much for your nice comment from all of us at CrossLoop!
    We love interacting with our users and it is exactly this – your strong recommendation and desire to promote us that inspires us.
    Thanks once again!

  4. @ Betty – thank you so much for your nice comment from all of us at CrossLoop!
    We love interacting with our users and it is exactly this – your strong recommendation and desire to promote us that inspires us.
    And No – I do not know Betty or ask her to post this comment :)
    Thanks once again!

  5. Haven’t posted here before although I read all the time.
    Just wanted to add that Crossloop is the best program I’ve found for supporting my non-tech-oriented friends and family. It’s extremely easy to implement and it just works, which is something that most software often doesn’t do.
    My brief correspondence with the folks at Crossloop has also been helpful and friendly.
    In short, it’s a great program which deserves a lot of promotion.

  6. Haven’t posted here before although I read all the time.
    Just wanted to add that Crossloop is the best program I’ve found for supporting my non-tech-oriented friends and family. It’s extremely easy to implement and it just works, which is something that most software often doesn’t do.
    My brief correspondence with the folks at Crossloop has also been helpful and friendly.
    In short, it’s a great program which deserves a lot of promotion.

  7. Robert – it was a blast having you over at our office with Buzz and Patrick. Tom and I had a great time with you guys. Tom is certainly one of the legends of software engineering and associated to one of the biggest moments in technology history.
    Thanks again from this small team
    @ Thomas – thanks again for your recognition of what Tom has built!
    I look forward to your video that for the first time brings the exact details of a story told so many different ways by so many people!

  8. Robert – it was a blast having you over at our office with Buzz and Patrick. Tom and I had a great time with you guys. Tom is certainly one of the legends of software engineering and associated to one of the biggest moments in technology history.
    Thanks again from this small team
    @ Thomas – thanks again for your recognition of what Tom has built!
    I look forward to your video that for the first time brings the exact details of a story told so many different ways by so many people!

  9. Thanks for the free download crossloop. never heard of it before. I know we use some type of software, database in my organisation I work for.

  10. Thanks for the free download crossloop. never heard of it before. I know we use some type of software, database in my organisation I work for.

  11. Crossloop is a pretty decent remote connectivity program.

    I wrote up CrossLoop Easily Connects Computers, as an overview Crossloop and its features / functionality.

    If you are the person that performs tech support for friends, family or your company, this is a great tool to allow you to connect remotely to another computer and walk them through what they need.

  12. Crossloop is a pretty decent remote connectivity program.

    I wrote up CrossLoop Easily Connects Computers, as an overview Crossloop and its features / functionality.

    If you are the person that performs tech support for friends, family or your company, this is a great tool to allow you to connect remotely to another computer and walk them through what they need.

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