With regard to the recent analysis of Microsoft's MS-DOS and Digital Research's CP/M (see Was Microsoft built on stolen goods? by yours truly and Was DOS copied from CP/M? by Bob Zeidman), I thought I'd mention that Bob will be speaking at the forthcoming Embedded Systems Conference (ESC), which is to be held in Minneapolis, September 21-22, 2016.
Bob Zeidman (Source: Carrie Zeidman)
In fact, Bob will be giving two presentations as follows:
But that's not what I wanted to talk to you about (LOL). The reason for me waffling on here is that a bunch of us (an “Enigma of Engineers,” if you will — see also A Sillygism of Logic Designers & a Hackerty of Software Developers and A Charm of CPUs & a Deceit of DSPs ) will be meeting up on Tuesday 20 September — the evening before the conference — at the Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment in Minneapolis.
Of particular interest is the fact that Bob will be one of our merry throng. Bob has informed me that he will be happy to discuss the history of Gary Kildall and Bill Gates, of DRI and Microsoft, and of CP/M and MS-DOS, and also to answer questions about his analysis of CP/M, QDOS, and MS-DOS.
We'll probably be wandering in sometime between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. I'll be easy to spot. Just look for a bunch of outrageously good-looking embedded systems developers with rippling six-pack abs, then keep on scanning the room until you spot the geeky-nerdy-looking guy in the Hawaiian shirt. If all else fails, just shout “Max, would you like a beer?” and you will be assured of my undivided attention (LOL).