Artifact Details

Title

Pyle, Harry oral history

Catalog Number

102702017

Type

Text

Date

2005-05-27

Contributor

Bochannek, Alex, Editor
Hendrie, Gardner, Interviewer
Pyle, Harry S., Interviewee

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Bellevue, Washington

Extent

44 p.

Description

Harry Pyle discusses his childhood, early interest in ham radio, and his introduction to computers in high school. While still in high school, Pyle met fellow ham Vic Poor and worked for Poor at Frederick Electronics on radio modems. Pyle continued to work with Poor while studying at Case Western Reserve University and together they designed a programmable terminal. Pyle explains how his interests in machine architecture, operating systems, and communications developed while at the university. Following his military service during the Vietnam War era, Pyle hired on with Datapoint to work for Poor. Pyle discusses the work at Datapoint on the DATABUS language, hard disk attachment to the early systems, and the developments that led to ARCNET. He talks about additional projects at Datapoint and the acquisition of Datapoint. Pyle explains the Photophone project he was working on at Image Data after leaving Datapoint and how he eventually joined Microsoft. He closes with a discussion on the specification for the 8008 processor and the work Stan Mazor did at Intel on the project.

Category

Transcription

Subject

Datapoint 5500; Datapoint 6600; RMS; ARCNET; DASL; Mazor, Stan; Photophone; Microsoft; Ham radio; Poor, Vic; Frederick Electronics; Radio modem; UNIVAC 1108; Computer Terminal Corporation; Teletype; Terminal; Intel 8008 (Microprocessor); Vietnam War; Datapoint; CTOS; Datapoint 2200; DATABUS; DATASHARE; semiconductor

Collection Title

Oral history collection

Lot Number

X3200.2006