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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The Pertec sale led to acrid fighting over ownership of the software. Gates and
Allen had no intention of handing their BASIC over to Pertec. They had written the
core of the BASIC before even meeting anyone from MITS, and, unlike Allen, ...
The MITS regulars simply didn't respond well to the Pertec management teams.
The standard line on them was that they were "two-bit managers in three-piece
suits." The epithet was used so frequently it was shortened to simply "the suits.
Several engineering people left Pertec to work for a local electronics company.
Even Ed Roberts, after five months, became fed up with Pertec. "They told me I
didn't understand the market. I don't think they understood it." Roberts bought a
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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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