Fire in the Valley: The Making of the Personal Computer
“A book not to be missed, just plain good reading about the drama of the Kids next door turning their dreams into millions.” —The New York Times “Swaine and Freiberger capture the communal spirit of the early computer clubs, the brilliance and blundering of some of the first start-up companies, the assortment of naiveté, noble purpose and greed that characterized various pioneers, and the inevitable transformation of all this into a major industry. Must reading.” —Philip Lemmons, editor-in-chief, BYTE Magazine
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Mitch Kapor, ex- transcendental meditation teacher, didn't actually need $1.2
million, nor did he know quite what to do with it. Finally he decided to start a
company. It wasn't what his father, a businessman who had always wanted his
son to ...
Sachs hooked up with Kapor and set to work reimplementing the spreadsheet in
the C programming language for a machine with a Z80 microprocessor. It was
soon clear that two things needed to change: programming in C was inefficient ...
ments past Kapor and get feedback. They were up against a deadline, but they
didn't know what it was. When IBM released its personal computer, whenever that
happened, their window would open up. There was no telling how long it would ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - joeldinda - LibraryThing
Another pleasant reread of a personal computing history book I originally read in the 1980s. The authors--both of whom edited computer publications as the stories developed--tell the story of the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JohnMunsch - LibraryThing
A fun book that covers the personal computer revolution from the mid 70's to the late 90's. Lots of great quotes and snippets from interviews plus several picture sections. The only weak part of the ... Read full review
The Voyage to Altair
The Miracle Makers
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