What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry

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Penguin, Apr 21, 2005 - History - 336 pages
Most histories of the personal computer industry focus on technology or business. John Markoff’s landmark book is about the culture and consciousness behind the first PCs—the culture being counter– and the consciousness expanded, sometimes chemically. It’s a brilliant evocation of Stanford, California, in the 1960s and ’70s, where a group of visionaries set out to turn computers into a means for freeing minds and information. In these pages one encounters Ken Kesey and the phone hacker Cap’n Crunch, est and LSD, The Whole Earth Catalog and the Homebrew Computer Lab. What the Dormouse Said is a poignant, funny, and inspiring book by one of the smartest technology writers around.

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User Review  - DoesNotCompute - LibraryThing

This book starts slow before you figure out that the entire book is about drug experimentation by the people who conceived every facet of the modern computer - the mouse, the GUI, and the Internet - at least on the left coast. Read full review

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User Review  - scottcholstad - LibraryThing

This book was a fascinating history of personal computing in America, most specifically in Northern California, most especially in the Stanford region. I swear, I had no idea that Stanford played such ... Read full review


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John Markoff is a senior writer for The New York Times who has coauthored Cyberpunk: Outlaws and Hackers on the Computer Frontier and the bestselling Takedown: The Pursuit and Capture of Kevin Mitnick, America’s Most Wanted Computer Outlaw.

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