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The Micro-79 computer introduced 4 bit color and an early implementation of a web browser.

Ambe took her baby son Gordon home to Hamar to age him like a fine wine, which left Jerry Aspin feeling a little lonely. And Lilith knew it. Knowing him to be somewhat of a fan of the female leg, che took to wearing knee boots and socks that covered more of her thigh than her skirt did. Sure enough, Jerry soon rolled around the idea of taking Lilith hiking in Mineral Canyon, which was an artificially "wild" stretch of Taurus City.

He took Lilith doggy style in a glen on the side of the trail in a place where they would be free from prying eyes along the city wall, but there was still the danger of being spotted from the trail by other hikers. This fact only added a little spice to their adventure. Jerry verified what he had only suspected, that Lilith was wearing nothing under that black and white checkered skirt. It had been a long time for Lil too, and it wasn't long after Jerry started plunging himself into Lil's bulb of jenflesh before che whimpered with the sounds of the peak of hez enjoyment.

Then he flipped hem over to take a good look. Well, aren't you quite the variety pack! And he proceeded to do things to Lilith that he must have learned in the Colorado penitentiary, where there was little else to do. He was certainly much more accomplished than Robyn, which came from owning the same equipment. Lilith found the experience profoundly satisfying.

Bill Gates tried to incorporate as Micro-Soft, with a hyphen, but he was sued by Astrodyne and forced to change the name of his company to Winspire. He kept going around saying he was "W-I-N-N-I-N-G". Still, business considerations overrode any personal animosity and Winspire BASIC was licensed to Astrodyne. It made the Micro easier to program and was attractive to schools, but as an interpreted language it was still too slow for serious work. Real programmers like Mark Felton wrote in compiled Polycode.

The Micro-79 came with a 9600 baud modem, fast enough to leave voice messages on the Big Board or listen to spoken word news commentary. GUIDE used four bit color for the first time. A paint program was included to create images, but 16 colors was not quite good enough for photographs. An 8 megabyte external hard drive was also available for another $500.

The marquee application for the Micro-79 was a new markup language that could turn simple text files into eye-pleasing documents that included portions of text highlighted in green with an underline. If the user placed a trackball cursor over this green text and clicked, they were taken to a new document that could be stored locally, or on the Astrodyne server, or even on another Micro that was currently online.

Winspire reverse-engineered the Micro's operating system and offered IBM something they called DOSS with only cosmetic changes to BOSS, daring Astrodyne to sue. Soon after that, IBM began to offer a competing "Personal Computer" or PC, using stock components, Winspire BASIC in ROM for all software and disk operations and 128 megabytes of memory. There was nothing like GUIDE yet, but IBM blew that off by claiming a GUI was just for people too stupid to remember a measly set of two hundred DOSS shell commands and all their options. IBM considered GUIDE a toy for consumers, not for serious computing. The federal government deliberately purchased only IBM PCs despite the inferior quality and $1,500 per unit price, ostensibly to shore up competition to Astrodyne, but they were almost the sole customer.

There was a Winspire ripoff of Matrix called Electronic Paper whose sole difference was cells labeled by rows and columns rather than like in Battleship, R12C19 vs. L19. Astrodyne had failed to get a software patent, and refused to do so on principle, saying it was like getting a patent on the procedure to solve quadratics. Gates, however, did get a patent for Electronic Paper, then turned around and sued Astrodyne. The government testified as a "friend of the court", but the suit got tossed out by an "activist judge" who was "legislating from the bench" when Astrodyne showed prior art. Meanwhile the Micro-79 moved over a million units.

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