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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But whereas these signals would represent numbers in a simple arithmetic chip
and logical values (true or false) in a logic chip, the signals entering and leaving
Hoff 's chip would form a set of instructions for the IC. In short, the chip could run ...
The instruction set of the 4004, for all intents and purposes, constituted a
programming language. Today's microprocessors are more complex and
powerful than the roomful of circuitry that constituted a computer in 1950. The
4004 chip that ...
Intel's marketing department was cool to the idea of releasing the chips to the
general engineering public. Intel had been formed to produce memory chips,
which were easy to use and were sold in volume like razor blades.
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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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