...Right from the very first time I ever saw that large (projected) RGB screen with a "humongous" screenplay of Star Raiders, I always wondered how was that possible, who made it and where those people came from... 8-)))
...After many years, the opportunity came, by means of an entirely different venue, but somehow taking place on the same area (Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Cupertino and San Jose)... Some of us may have not fully understood it, but it turns out that these places are intimately connected with each other, and (most importantly) with our past and present (of almost all members of this forum). Even more interesting (and humbling) is to see these places up-front, with your naked eye:
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1. Hewlett-Packard Garage (the birth-place of Silicon Valley, and we already know how the world changed after... The place is secured, maintained and protected, with no access to the public):
2. Steve Jobs Garage (this is a multi-frame pano so you get a better perspective in one pass... Actual people live here, and there are trespass warnings all over... it is well known what that place means and what happened here):
3. Atari Head Quarters (1265 Borregas Avenue): quite a LARGE building, seems mostly empty (no signs it is being used, although appears to be registered to U.S. Department of Defense)... but very well maintained from the outside... it takes up a whole block... Like the time stopped and stood still there... LOTS of companies surround it, including Juniper, etc.
As a bonus, and another place often overlooked but of integral importance, is INTEL's Museum, where you will re-discover the world-changing legacy of Robert Noyce, whose invention is deemed as important (for humanity) as the wheel itself:
And some extras from Intel's treasure-chest (including the 4004, Intel's first-ever commercial chip running @ 740 Khz):
Without any of these developments, nor Atari nor this Forum may have ever existed. I would wholeheartedly recommend everyone to take some time to check these places out, next time you visit San Francisco's beautiful bay area...