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The fascinating story of the MiniNova, the First Home Computer, designed & built by Richard Snyder in 1972. Richard first experienced the Love of PCs in 1970, when he programmed a Data General Nova for an Aerospace company in Florida. In 1971 heMoreThe fascinating story of the MiniNova, the First Home Computer, designed & built by Richard Snyder in 1972. Richard first experienced the Love of PCs in 1970, when he programmed a Data General Nova for an Aerospace company in Florida. In 1971 he was the first to have a PC in his home, another Nova. After that he wanted a Nova so bad that he designed & built a miniature one in 1972, and wrote small math & engineering programs for it. His MiniNova is the First PC designed for use in the home, and it looks like fine furniture. As the Editor of BYTE magazine said, it’s a “beautiful piece of work”. As Richard says, “It’s a joy to operate, and a delight to program and use.” In 1973 it was his résumé in hardwired form- and it was featured in the Amateur Computer Society (ACS) Newsletter- in 1975 it was in the lead article in the 3rd issue of BYTE magazine- in 2008 it was a wonder at Microsoft, where they made a short movie of him with it, and then the MiniNova was in the Microsoft Museum, beneath a famous ironic 1977 statement “There is no reason why anyone would ever want to have a computer in their home”.Richards MiniNova is designed to be a teaching machine, to teach programmers the joy of small scale Assembly Language programming. It still works today in 2015, and will for many years to come.This little book tells the story of the MiniNova, the First Home PC, how it has been a source of love and joy for 43 years. It explains how to use and program it, and gives Richard’s complete Mini Angry Birds program, and walks you through its assembly & execution, with screen captures of the program at several critical points. With this information even you could learn to write MiniNova programs, and experience for yourself what Richard calls “Love at First Byte”.