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Doing More With Less Hardware

Microdata REALITY small business system

The 1600 REALITY combined Microdata's second generation 16-bit machine with the microprogrammed Pick Operating System. Customers were allowed to use the microprogramming features to add their own custom machine-language instructions.

Doing More With Less Hardware

Microdata’s simple 8-bit and 16-bit computers used microprogramming, which is software stored in memory to implement complicated instructions with very little hardware.

Dick Pick created his own microprogrammed instructions to write the user-friendly “Pick Operating System,” a compact multi-user database system for small businesses called REALITY.

Dick Pick

While working on a military project in the 1960s, Pick collaborated with Don Nelson to develop a database system that could be easily implemented on different computers.

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Microdata REALITY brochure cover

A number of dealers for Pick systems put their own label on the Microdata hardware, including Computer Machinery Company in the U.K.

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