The latest episode (#241) of the Amp Hour podcast has a fantastic interview with Chuck Peddle, the creator of the 6502 microprocessor and father of early home computers. Chuck goes through a great oral history of home computers like the Apple I & II, Commodore PET, etc. and has funny anecdotes about figures from the history of computing like Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Jack Tramiel, and more. The full episode is well worth a listen!
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