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Your Computer Jan 1984 photo with names
« on: 2013.February.15. 11:24:04 »
In various posts I have mentioned the names of most of the Intelligent Software people who appeared in the developers photo in Your Computer Jan 1984. In summary, here is the photo again with names added. If there is no name I can't remember! They did not all work on the Enterprise - some worked on chess programs and computers.


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Re: Your Computer Jan 1984 photo with names
« Reply #1 on: 2013.February.15. 11:32:34 »
Thanks, great idea!
Also you can write a list who worked on what part of Enterprise (and TVC)?

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Re: Your Computer Jan 1984 photo with names
« Reply #2 on: 2013.February.15. 11:42:55 »
At this page lot of informations about the Intelligent Chess Software Ltd. With few other photos and names, someone of them also worked on the Enterprise?

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Re: Your Computer Jan 1984 photo with names
« Reply #3 on: 2013.February.15. 19:29:10 »
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At this page lot of informations about the Intelligent Chess Software Ltd. With few other photos and names, someone of them also worked on the Enterprise?

Thanks for posting that - lots of pictures of faces I once knew!

David Levy and Kevin O'Connell you of course know of. David Levy had a big input to the "expertise" of the chess programs but was not actually a programmer. Kevin O'Connell was also a chess expert but was more the businessman of IS I think.

Mark Taylor and Richard Lang appear in the Your Computer photo but didn't actually contribute to the Enterprise - I think they just came along to the pre-launch event for the free food! They kept the chess side of things going. The article suggests that resources were diverted from chess development to the Enterprise but that is not true - they employed more people to do the Enterprise work (eg me!)

But Mike Johnson who is mentioned a lot in that article is the same "Mike" who started writing BASIC in C - I couldn't remember his last name in my other post. I did not know him well and have only just learnt from reading that article that he was quite deeply connected with the computer chess world!

For the techies, one interesting item mentioned that I remember was Mark Taylor's chess program that ran on a 4-bit processor running at 400kHz, with only 2k x 10bits ROM and 160 nibbles (80 bytes) RAM. A truly impressive feat!

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Re: Your Computer Jan 1984 photo with names
« Reply #4 on: 2013.February.15. 20:15:34 »
I've just realised the third initial on the status line after SET STATUS 42 is there - Nick Vincent.

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Re: Your Computer Jan 1984 photo with names
« Reply #5 on: 2013.February.15. 21:09:16 »
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I've just realised the third initial on the status line after SET STATUS 42 is there - Nick Vincent.
Does he have a middle name for the letter M?
« Last Edit: 2013.February.15. 23:05:39 by szipucsu »

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Re: Your Computer Jan 1984 photo with names
« Reply #6 on: 2013.February.16. 12:39:52 »
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Does he have a middle name for the letter M?
Sorry I don't know any of the middle names. Except my own of course, but my middle initial doesn't appear for some unknown reason!

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Re: Your Computer Jan 1984 photo with names
« Reply #7 on: 2013.February.20. 12:20:37 »
I'm collecting the mentioned names from your posts and found one contradiction:
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GNH is probably Gavin who wrote the graphics routines in his summer holidays from university. Sorry I can't remember the others! In the "Your Computer" photo Martin is on the bottom row 4th from the left, and Gavin with long hair is next to him.
But at here you named he Gary.
Which is the right?

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Re: Your Computer Jan 1984 photo with names
« Reply #8 on: 2013.February.20. 12:40:59 »
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I'm collecting the mentioned names from your posts and found one contradiction:But at here you named he Gary.
Which is the right?
Oops well spotted - I couldn't quite remember but I'm about 80% sure it is Gary!

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Re: Your Computer Jan 1984 photo with names
« Reply #9 on: 2015.November.06. 14:15:23 »
Oops well spotted - I couldn't quite remember but I'm about 80% sure it is Gary!
I'm now 100% sure - I have just found a comment in an old video-related source file. His full name is Gary Hood, GNH on the SET STATUS 42 status line.