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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... of work he had once done for San Francisco's city and county governments.
IMS determined what hardware and programs companies needed to solve their
data processing problems and matched the hardware and software accordingly.
The project failed, and Kildall decided he was totally inept at building hardware.
Nevertheless, he had demonstrated a lot of vision. It would be years before disk
drives came into common use on microcomputers. Finally, at the end of 1973, ...
The hardware itself determines what the software must and should do. For
instance, the microprocessor chip determines the possible machine language
operations, and the disk drive determines the features of the operating system
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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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