A Paradigm Shift Was Happening All Around Us

  title={A Paradigm Shift Was Happening All Around Us},
  author={Charles H. House},
  journal={IEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine},
  • C. House
  • Published 24 December 2012
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Thankfully, Ridley Scott's brilliant Super Bowl ad, proclaiming that 1984 won't be like 1984, heralded a Golden Age of Electronics instead of George Orwell's dyspeptic scenario. Apple's Macintosh debuted, Hewlett-Packard and its new LaserJet printer set record sales and profits for Silicon Valley companies, and I met Lynn Conway when we both joined the IEEE Spectrum Advisory Board. Although Conway was a bit shy and had held back from the limelight, I already “knew” her. As HP's Corporate… 

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