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This map of MA computer companies circa 1984 is an extremely fun visualization of what this state was like right before the Bay Area took over American tech

Please do not look to this map for geographic accuracy of any kind

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I wish people still named companies things like UNITRODE or TERADYNE or INTERLAN instead of epic lord of the rings or The Oatmeal references

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@alex

I had no direct experience of this, and so tend to think of Tracy Kidder's "Soul of a New Machine" as a reference for the 128 tech cooridor.

@alex

another region really important in computing history that I'm more fuzzy about nucleated in MN around this and its successors:

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

so I think that's how Cray ended up there and why IBM's HPC stuff has been there

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