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 unique feature of such a device is that it manipulates information, as
opposed to electrical currents or locomotives. The substitution of electrical
circuitry for mechanical switches allowed for, among other benefits, smaller
computing devices ...
The customers were asking for a calculator chip, but Hoff was designing an IC
EDVAC, a true general-purpose computing device on a sliver of silicon. A
computer on a chip. Although Hoff 's design resembled a very simple computer, it
left out ...
Along with Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, he tried to promote a new kind of device,
called a network computer, which would get its information and instructions from
servers on the Internet. This device did not immediately catch on. But Sun had 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
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