| By Fred Langa |
My final Windows Secrets column prompts some reflection and summation.
Thirty years after getting my first PC, it’s time for me to hang up my mouse.
A look back at how it all began
I got my first real, non-kit personal computer almost exactly 30 years ago. I wrote software for that little beast and started a small company with a friend to market the programs we wrote. I also wrote magazine articles about the historic first crop of small PCs, including one of the very first type-and-run programs (in BASIC) to appear in a noncomputing magazine. I’ve been writing about PCs ever since.
Thirty years is a very long time in the computer industry, or in a human life, and it’s time for me to try something else. In short, it’s time to say good-bye.
In preparing to wrap up my work for Windows Secrets, I was asked by editorial director Brian Livingston a question that was as profound as it was simple: “What have you learned from the computing industry over the last three decades?”