Artifact Details

Title

Page, John interview about Lyons Electronic Office

Catalog Number

102738380

Type

Text

Date

2017-04-11

Contributor

Page, John, Interviewee
Spicer, Dag, Interviewer

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Mountain View, CA

Extent

50 p.

Format

PDF

Description

John Page is a software developer and entrepreneur. In this interview, he discusses his early work with computers from the UK company Lyons, whose LEO family of computers were among the first commercial computers made. Page also talks about his early life as a child born just near the end of WWII, describing his radio and audio hobbies. After high school, he was offered as an apprentice at Lyons, working on the LEO III computer. After several years there supporting configuration and maintenance of LEO III installations around Europe, he switched companies and started working for HP in the UK, eventually transferring to HP facilities in Silicon Valley. In 1980 he left HP to co-found Software Publishing Corporation, which had several successful products in its “pfs:” suite of software applications. Page then concludes by discussing his retirement project of helping students better learn mathematics using web technologies.

Category

Transcription

Subject

LEO (Lyons Electronic Office); LEO (I, II, III); ICL; HP (Hewlett-Packard); SPC (Software Publishing Corporation); PFS (Personal Filing System); CP/M; DOS; Apple Macintosh

Credit

Computer History Museum

Lot Number

X8187.2017