At work on a Cromemco System Three

Cromemco is an important company in the history of the development of computer, but is little talked about today. Founded by Harry Garland and Roger Melen in 1976, the company was named for their residence at Stanford University, Crothers Memorial dormitory. In 1981 it was considered one of the fastest growing tech companies in the country and it would release some innovative products and would remain privately owned Garland and Melen until it was sold to Dynatech in 1987.

Here is a great photo of one of their models, the Cromemco System Three (1978) in action. As you can see, it pretty much dominated the desk in the early 1980s/late 1970s, but you did get a pretty powerful machine at that size.


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