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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Xerox was aiming a little too high and trying to do something very difficult and
didn't see the opportunity. Bill Gates Cofounder of Microsoft XEROX HAD MADE
ITS NAME IN PHOTOCOPYING MACHINES, BUT THE company had flirted with ...
The Alto took two years to develop — from 1972 to 1974 — and was used for
three more years before Xerox decided to develop it further into a marketable
product. In January 1977, David Liddle was put in charge of this task, and
Given that target market, Xerox's next move didn't make much sense. "It was
designed to go after the end-user market through our direct sales organization,"
Massaro explained. "Xerox has always sold through its own sales organization.
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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
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