Wang Put People in front of Computers

Wang computers no longer exist, but the memories of the brand, especially in the eighties are still very strong. Every year throughout that decade I would get more deeply into computers, reading magazines, watching news reports and trying to find books in the local library. A recurring theme seemed to be the quality of a Wang machine and it all peaked for me with the hype around the Wang Freestyle. Freestyle seemed the promise of everything I wanted in a computer as a kid: voice recognition, handwriting annotation and of course email communication. Sadly Freestyle never lived up to its potential and the resulting stuff I read about it soured me on the Wang brand at the time.

Now that years have passed, I only remember the good. The promise of high quality machines and the advertising that sold me on them.

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