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It's a cold and frosty December afternoon. In nineteen seventy four. Two young men are walking across Harvard Square. They're probably having a conversation about their favorite subject. Computers as the men pass a newsstand. They see the blue lettering of popular electronics peeking. Out from the other magazines they stop and check it out on. The cover is a photo of a metal box with a dozen switches in small lights on the front. The headline reads world's first mini computer. Kid All tear eight hundred. The box doesn't look like much barebones really meant for hobbyists and tinkerers but it looked like something more to these two guys. It looked like the machine. They'd been waiting for because they have the perfect software for this new hardware at the same time. They were a little freaked out would if others had the same idea they did. And we're working on it already. The had to move fast. The names of those two command line. Heroes Bill Gates and Paul Allen. Little did they know the altar eighty eight hundred would be the gateway machine to a personal computer revolution. It would change their lives and ours forever. New Machine would do one other thing. It would kick start the debate between free and proprietary software with the help of a mysterious stay tuned in episode one of our season on hardware. We learned about many computers like the Eagle at an episode two. We heard about the ged to twenty five mainframe but both those machines were still limited by their size cost and processing power. This episode is about everything. Shrunk down to the micro computer and it all starts with the diy kits that were mailed to hobbyists like the one that grace that fateful cover of. Popular Electronics. Those simple kits inspired the revolutionary idea. That computers could sit inside your own home. That computers were yours to own an experimental. It was the birth of a new mass market piece of hardware. The personal computer.