Computer Systems Design & Associates
61 Cheryl Lane
Waltham, MA 02451-2185

Phone: (781)891-9764

Computer Systems Design & Associates is a consulting firm to provide PC Compatible expertise to the industry. The firm has been in existence since 1984. Areas of consulting services include:


Alpha 5 and Alpha 4 support is generally provided by Phone, e-mail and remote access (via ultraVNC (free GNU Software), Symantec PCAnywhere and similar).  Onsite support is available as needed.  Support is billed in 15 minute intervals, minimum time is 15 minutes plus expenses at current rates. Payment methods must be determined in advance. For additional long-term support, please inquire via E-mail, phone or mail.

All rates are subject to change.

Commerical Products

DateAdj (A Y2K script that provides 100% compatibility for Alpha 4 Version 3 and up)
Alpha 4 Toolbox and Reference Guide (for version 6 and up - $20/copy)

Payment Policy

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Most major company Purchase Orders, as well as checks and cash are accepted.

Alpha Forum Magazine
The president of Computer Systems Design & Associates is Ira J. Perlow. He was the Q & A column editor for Alpha Forum Magazine from 1992-1997, a technical journal on Alpha Software's Alpha 4 & Alpha 5 Database Products. The magazine is no longer published.


Ira J. Perlow was a featured speakers at the Alpha Masters Seminar on February 14th-16th, 1997 in Houston Texas.

He also hosted the first 2 Alpha 5 Developer's Conferences in 2000 and 2002 in Burlington, MA and has been a speaker at all Alpha 5 Conferences.

Key Work & Products of Computer Systems Design

  • Mar 2002 Hosted the 2nd Alpha 5 Developer's Conference in Burlington, Massachusetts, USA
  • Dec 2000 Hosted the 1st Alpha 5 Developer's Conference in Burlington, Massachusetts, USA
  • 1997 Release of DateAdjust product to bring Year 2000 Compliancy to Alpha Four Version 3 and later
  • 1995 Release of the Alpha Four Toolbox and On-Line Reference Guide for Alpha Four Version 6 (distributed by Computer Systems Design & Alpha Software Corporation)
  • 1993 Design of Lexicon's PCM-80 Digital Audio Processor's Embedded Boot code and low level I/O handler.
  • 1988-1992 Design of Passive backplane 386, 486 Clone Motherboards including the Unisys 516 PC
  • 1986 Design of AST's 286 Premium Computer's Motherboard which launched their entire systems line (previously AST was strictly a plug-in card manufacturer). This was the 1st 10 Mhz AT Computer to have 0 wait state memory.
  • 1984-1985 Original Authorship of the Phoenix Technologies's PC, XT and AT ROM BIOSes - One of the key components that started the PC Clone Industry