In 1972, Chan Yeh launched Ideographix in Silicon Valley to solve the problem of typing ancient Chinese characters on modern computers. The company burned brightly, but briefly, and today is preserved at Mountain View’s Computer History Museum as a reminder of all the anonymous innovators who contribute to technological progress.Chan Yeh, president of Ideographix, with some of the vintage computer hardware in his company's Sunnyvale, Calif. offices Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012. In the 1970s Yeh's company invented the software and hardware breakthrough that allowed the Chinese language to be quickly typeset in cold type -- the same way English language newspapers were being produced at the time. (Chinese with its thousands of intricate characters were beyond the ability of standard keyboards, printers and monitors until Chan Yeh came along.) (Patrick Tehan/Staff)