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Qume was a manufacturer of daisy-wheel printers originally located in Hayward, California, later moving to San Jose.[1][2] Around 1980, it also opened a manufacturing facility in Puerto Rico.[3] It once dominated the daisy-wheel market.[1] As the market for its printers declined in the 1980s, the company developed a line of computer terminals. It was founded by David S. Lee[4] in 1973 and was a division of ITT Corporation from 1978 until its acquisition by Wyse Technology sometime before 1995.[5][6] Qume also manufactured floppy diskette drives, particularly 5.25" ones, but it also manufactured 8" diskette drives as well. Qume's diskette drives were included in some IBM PC models, such as the Portable Personal Computer and PCjr.


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  2. ^ "Qume joins wonder bread". InfoWorld Media Group, Inc. January 17, 1979 [1978-12-26]: 3. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  3. ^ Marshall, Matt (December 29, 2002). "Evangelist For Latinos". Puerto Rico Herald. Archived from the original on February 6, 2012. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  4. ^ Comstock, George E. (August 13, 2003). "Oral History of George Comstock" (PDF). Interviewed by Hendrie, Gardner. Mountain View, California, USA: Computer History Museum. CHM X2727.2004. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 23, 2017. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  5. ^ "Wyse Technology, Inc. - Company History". International Directory of Company Histories. St. James Press. 1996. Archived from the original on May 18, 2012. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  6. ^ Fleishman, Glenn (April 22, 2006). "Personal Technology: For Mac users, installing Windows is now a snap". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on May 24, 2011. Retrieved March 25, 2017.

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