Sunday 14 July 2013

Publishing Revolution, Computer and I

Publishing Revolution, Computer and I

TANAKA Akio          


"From 1982 - 1984: Laying the Foundation / The Early Years

When Geschke met Warnock in 1978, the two felt an instant rapport. But over lunch they also discovered they had similar experiences and shared values.

From BizStats: 1982

John Warnock and Chuck Geschke found Abobe Systems with $2.5 million in seed money from Hambrecht & Quist."

Thus publishing revolution has started by the two. If there be not this revolution, probably my representation to the public will not be done as smooth as now. Because my concepts on language are rather strange and the road to cultivate is so hard to open to the wider world.

I first had my personal computer in 1987. The computer was Sharp's X1 which used 8-bit microprocessor Zilog Z80 which was sold from 1976. The operating system was CP/M and storage media was 8-inch floppy disc that capacity was 175 kB (at 1972)- 500 kB (at 1976).

At that time printer was dot-printer and only can be printed out alphabet, figures and Japanese Katakana (the square form of Japanese syllabary). In those days I read a book on the printing-out from computers published by a authority of Japanese technology.

I clearly remembered the impression on the book in which the author asserted that printing out the Chinese characters were impossible for the figural complexity of the letters. Oh how fast the impossibility has been reversed. Warnock and Gaschke has accomplished the revolution on publication or more wider on human's representation to the world. Really fantastic and infinite thanks for the two respectable persons and the successors after the two.

6 November 2012
Sekinan Research Field of Language

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