As Richard Nixon destroyed happiness with his war on drugs, the 1970’s saw the world’s first personal computers, inspiring five geeks to start a pair of companies which would go on to shape the future of computing as we know it.
In January of 1975 Bill Gates and Paul Allen called up Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems claiming to have a working BASIC interpreter for the MITS Altair 8800 microcomputer. While that claim was entirely fictitious, it took Gates and Allen just two months to create the product they claimed to already have.
With the interpreter working flawlessly, MITS agreed to distribute the software under the name Altair BASIC. Microsoft was officially established just one month later, on April 4th, 1975. After launching their first Disk Operating System (DOS) in 1980 Microsoft quickly began to grow into one of the biggest names in personal computing.
Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne founded their company, Apple, on April 1st 1976, just short of one year after the inception of Microsoft. Unlike Microsoft, who chose to focus on operating systems for other people’s hardware, Apple began their business by selling bare-bones hand-built computer kits, named the Apple I.
Over the last while I’ve come across multiple situations when trying to watch a movie on my PS3, whether it was incompatible file types, Cinavia protection or lack of subtitles, I had to find answers.
While all of the answers are out there, I’ve never come across a simple complete guide giving me all the information I need in one place. So that’s exactly what I’ve decided to create. This guide uses just two programs, both free, for everything you need to do. I’ve made it as simple and quick as possible.
I should mention I didn’t create or come up with many of the tips below; they’re stolen from forums, blogs and sites around the web. I would give credit, but I’ve pieced this all together over the last few years. I really have no idea where most of this advice came from. Sorry if I’m ripping you off.