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Aug 22, 2021

This concludes my series on the distinctive shape of early home computers. In this episode we finally cover the Sol-20 itself, the first system on the market to be shaped like a wedge. More generally, we try to figure out if the Sol-20 was the progenitor of hundreds of machines that followed, or if the wedge was inevitable. For such a simple question, this has become a surprisingly complicated topic.
Selected sources: - Lee Felsenstein, oral history at CHM - Article about the Sol-20's design process - Tom Swift Lives!
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