RIP Ken Olsen 1926-2011

Hardware

Ken Olsen, Charles Townes, Peter Elias with a PDP-1

DEC is a company that a surprising number of people my age and younger are simply unaware of, and Ken Olsen (left in the photo) even fewer. It's a shame when one considers what a huge impact he and the company he started with Harlan Anderson had and how we all have benefited from their innovations, even if they did leave with a whimper in 1998.

I was born far too late to have used his company's machines directly, though I proudly hack away at my virtual PDP-8. Rest In Peace Mr Olsen, another IT legend.

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