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garius

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Author of The Brexit Tapes. Historian. Strategy streamer. Tech/Transport Strategist. Editor of @lonrec. Orient fan. Made Neil Gaiman cry (in a good way). Business: business@longformist.co.uk

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Last week this wikipedia page was a single paragraph.

Now it isn't.

The proudest you can ever be as a writer is knowing you made someone deserving more visible than they were before.

I am delighted to see her finally get a small measure of the attention and recognition she deserves.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lore_Harp_McGovern

garius,
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@jessamyn oh I can't claim credit for updating the wiki directly! Kudos to whichever contributor did that.

I just wrote this piece about her on Monday as part of my 'Crazy Ones' column, to try and highlight how grossly overlooked by the general Silicon Valley history narrative she's been.

I pointed out her single paragraph on wikipedia in that. Been wonderful getting to add a footnote saying that's now changed. 😁

https://every.to/the-crazy-ones/the-woman-that-tech-history-forgot

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Good morning from him.

garius,
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@junesim63 we're entering fluffy blanket weather.

garius, to gaming
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STREAM TIME!

Back with F1 Manager for the 2034 season, as we continue our attempt to win a World Championship with an all-female Brawn F1 Team.

Join me for gaming and chatter about the upcoming F1 Manager 2024... https://twitch.tv/gariusthebrit #gaming

garius, to Futurology
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DELIGHTED to say that my latest tech history column is live on Every and they've made this one free-to-read.

Because it covers one of the most overlooked founders of the golden age of computing: Lore Harp McGovern, founder of Vector Graphic who pioneered small/medium business computing.

She deserves to be better known. Certainly deserves more than a single paragraph on Wikipedia. Read and spread the word https://every.to/the-crazy-ones/the-woman-that-tech-history-forgot

garius,
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@isaackuo yeah. it's why i don't think their decision to stick with CP/M was necessarily the wrong one AT THE TIME.

Hindsight is 20/20

I think a lot of people don't realise just how TOTAL IBM's blitz of the business computing - and then home computing markets was.

The path to survivability for Vector was very small once IBM showed up, but they definitely shot themselves in the foot a couple of times to make their chances of survival even worse.

garius,
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@adrianhon I don't even want to know what the HN comments are like

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@Geoff survival was a win in that era.

But I agree that the margins were so thin once IBM rolled into town.

There are definitely timelines out there where it was Apple that went under and Osborne or Vector who survived.

And it's why i get annoyed when people cast Apple's survival as inevitable. it really wasn't.

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The standard cycle for any post-internet digital product is:

  • hyped to fuck
  • draws crazy investment
  • loses loads of cash
  • "monetisation will be easy!"/"economies of scale!"
  • data-tracking is added that proves otherwise
  • Most companies go bust

Was true for digital ads, Facebook video, podcasts, airBnB/Uber clones etc.

There's a point where data allows value to finally be calculated. Then the revenue-positive products turn out to be a tiny fraction of the market.
https://www.theregister.com/2024/04/03/stability_ai_bills/

garius, to gaming
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SUNDAY STREAM!

It's been two weeks! Can anyone remember what we were doing? Probably putting babies in dungeons. Join me for CK3 as... Poland? I think? https://twitch.tv/gariusthebrit #gaming #histodons

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I maintain my belief that The Inspector in Death in Paradise is in fact a Timelord.

I look forward to seeing who the 5th Inspector is.

I hold firm in my belief it should be Lenny Henry, playing a Met Police detective of second gen Caribbean background, struggling to relate to his roots.

garius,
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@libbymiller the idea works with either a female or male inspector.

So many good post-Windrush British actors or actresses that could play it that way.

garius, to random
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2-0 up and I got a new cap. So I'm happy.

garius, to random
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Breakfast time, so have a croissant. #caturday

garius,
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@BashStKid BlueSky gets most of my sass posting. People here get grumpy with me for doing it. 😆

I tend to focus stuff here on my sensible bits. Realized the other day I've been deficient in cat photo posting though.

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@BashStKid I do them for Every.

Next one from me should be next week I think. I'm recording it for them on Monday.

https://open.spotify.com/show/0xEwHLzJ3sxy3lvnnRWWtc?si=QrrBM1CcThKANj19HugSNQ

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"I have arrived. Now scritch me." #cats

garius, to gaming
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General reminder that I will be at the Gothcon gaming convention this weekend in Gothenburg.

So if you are a creator, maker or artist who is there with your work, do get in touch.

I will come see what you are up to and shout about how cool I'm sure it is online! #gaming #sweden #gothenburg

garius, to Futurology
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Of the many nuggets of oral history I've found digging into Vector Graphic and its founders, Lore Harp and Carole Ely, I think this is legit my favourite. From when they were running their memory board production out of Harp's spare room.

Just a quiet moment of lifting someone else up with them.

garius,
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@johndecosta @twilliability Harp is a good example of that.

One of the earliest successful founders of a computer firm. Second woman to launch a firm on NSDAQ. Went on to be an important 'Angel' funder in the early days of the web.

Has exactly one para on Wikipedia. Mostly talked about in reference to her second husband.

garius, to gaming
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STREAM TIME!

It's the 2034 season in F1 Manager. We have an all-female Brawn team.

Let's do this. Let's win the championship let's gooooo.

Join me for the Canada and Monaco Grand Prix to chat gaming, F1 and expectations for F1 Manager 2024. #gaming #f1 https://twitch.tv/gariusthebrit

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STREAM TIME!

Built by his father Siemowit, the new Kingdom of Poland is flourishing under young King Mateusz' rule.

But can it continue to grow, under the threat of plague?

Join me for Crusader Kings 3 and history natter! #gaming #history https://twitch.tv/gariusthebrit

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Was trying some Sweden strategies in HOI4 last night.

It's possible to trigger the communist civil war AND win it after siding with the Navy and King, without locking out the royalist focus tree, by end of Jan 1938.

You just need to get your timing right on a few things.

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BREAKING: Harry hath landed in Wales. Perforce to London.

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