You mean there was one?

Robert S. Thau (
Fri, 6 Jun 1997 15:09:48 -0400 (EDT)

The sad thing is that there really should have been an English
computer industry, by all rights. The Manchester/Ferranti Atlas
(first machine w/paged VM, among other distinctions) was ten
yrs. ahead of developments in the states...

Unfrtunately, govt there was focused on getting value ($$) for
patents, and not on building businesses... something to think about
the next time Al Gore goes on a tear about the value of American
intellectual property. (There's a book on this, called "Innovating
for failure"... very dry, but fascinating if you have the stomach for