Mr. Lindley has been a software developer and computer consultant since 1980, when he started the predecessor company to wlindley.com, l.l.c.
My first home computer was an RCA VIP, which used the 1802 processor (the same as on NASA’s Galileo probes, which are still operating). While I did learn FORTRAN on cards punched on an IBM 029 card-punch, I learned to program on a language called CHIP-8 on the VIP. I had two articles published in the VIPER magazine:
- A CHIP-8 Editor for the VIP, Volume 4 Issue 4, October-November 1982
- A CHIP-8 Assember in BASIC, Volume 6 Issue 1, September 1984
My first commercial product was the “Ultimate Printer Driver” originally released in August 1980, which I co-developed with my father.Â This driver permitted a variety of printers to be used with a Heathkit H-89 running HDOS (Heath Disk Operating System, typically with 48K of RAM and a single 90K disk drive).Â The standard HDOS distribution only supported Heathkit printers; our Ultimate Driver supported printers from BASE-2, Epson (starting with the MX-80 and MX-100), Okidata, Dataproducts, and many more.
1982 — The Heathkit H-89
(with Maxwell 1200 modem and
dual drives on both hard and soft sector controllers)
In the mid-1980s, I expanded from printer drivers and sold hard disk systems (known as “Winchester” back then) which combined standard hardware components with custom engineering and software drivers.
We continued developing software for the IBM PC and the Zenith series of computers. Here I am in 1986 with the Z-150 running Zenith MS-DOS 2: