- General Computer
General Computer (also see
General Computer Corporation) was a computer peripheral company whose main product was the HyperDrive, the first internal hard diskfor the original Apple Macintoshcomputer. The product was unusual because the Macintosh did not have any internal interface for hard disks. It was attached directly to the CPU, and ran about seven times faster than Apple's "Hard Disk 20", an external hard disk that attached to the floppy disk port.
The HyperDrive was considered an elite upgrade at the time, though it was hobbled by Apple's
Macintosh File System, which had been designed to manage 400K floppy disks; as with other early Macintosh hard disks, the user had to segment the drive such that it appeared to be dozens of floppy disks.
The second issue of
MacTechMagazine, in January 1985, included a letter that summed up the excitement:
:The BIG news is from a company called General Computer. They announced a Mac mod called HyperDrive, which is a
RAMexpansion to 512K, and the installation of a 10 meg hard disk with the controller INSIDE THE MACINTOSH. This allows direct booting from the hard disk, free modemport, no serial I/Oto slow things down, and no external box to carry around. Price is $2,795 on a 128K machine or $2195 on a 512K machine. They do the installation or you can buy a kit from your dealer.
1986the company shipped the "HyperDrive 2000", a 20MB internal hard disk that also included a Motorola 68881 floating-point unit, but the speed advantage of the HyperDrive had been negated on the new Macintosh Pluscomputers by Apple's inclusion of an external SCSIport. General Computer responded with the "HyperDrive FX-20" external SCSI hard disk, but drowned in a sea of competitors that offered fast, large hard disks.
video game crash of 1983, General Computer was involved in video games, both arcade games and cartridge games for the Atari 2600and Atari 5200. GCC engineers also designed a custom graphics chip for the next Atari game player, the 7800. GCC's most successful foray into video games was the arcade game Ms. Pac-Man.
Today, General Computer, currently located in
Burlington, Massachusetts, sells laser printers.
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
General Computer Corp. — The General Computer Corporation (GCC) is a printer company today, but was started in 1981 by Doug Macrae and Kevin Curran as a video game company.They started out making mod kits for existing arcade games for example Super Missile Attack , which … Wikipedia
Computer science — or computing science (abbreviated CS) is the study of the theoretical foundations of information and computation and of practical techniques for their implementation and application in computer systems. Computer scientists invent algorithmic… … Wikipedia
Computer vision — is the field concerned with automated imaging and automated computer based processing of images to extract and interpret information. It is the science and technology of machines that see. Here see means the machine is able to extract information … Wikipedia
Computer-assisted reporting — describes the use of computers to gather and analyze the data necessary to write news stories. The spread of computers, software and the Internet changed how reporters work. Reporters routinely collect information in databases, analyze public… … Wikipedia
Computer security conference — A computer security conference is a term that describes a convention for individuals involved in computer security. They generally serve as a meeting place for system and network administrators, hackers, and computer security experts. Contents 1… … Wikipedia
Computer network — Computer networks redirects here. For the periodical, see Computer Networks (journal). Datacom redirects here. For other uses, see Datacom (disambiguation). Internet map. The Internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks that… … Wikipedia
computer science — computer scientist. the science that deals with the theory and methods of processing information in digital computers, the design of computer hardware and software, and the applications of computers. [1970 75] * * * Study of computers, their… … Universalium
Computer Audition — (CA) is general field of study of algorithms and systems for audio understanding by machine. Since the notion of what it means for a machine to hear is very broad and somewhat vague, computer audition attempts to bring together several… … Wikipedia
Computer-supported collaboration — (CSC) research focuses on technology that affects groups, organizations, communities and societies, e.g., voice mail and text chat. It grew from cooperative work study of supporting people s work activities and working relationships. As net… … Wikipedia
Computer music — is a term that was originally used within academia to describe a field of study relating to the applications of computing technology in music composition; particularly that stemming from the Western art music tradition. It includes the theory and … Wikipedia