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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In late 1972, Kildall already had written a simple language for the 4004. It was
basically a program that translated cryptic commands into the more cryptic Is and
0s that formed the internal instruction set of the microprocessor. Although written
Entering and verifying a paragraph's worth of information might take several
minutes, even with practice. Until paper tape readers and Gates and Allen's
BASIC came along, Altair owners had to speak to their machines in machine
language via ...
The two kinds of programs the new machines would need very quickly if they
were going to be truly useful were operating systems and high-level languages.
The collection of programs that controls input/output (I/O) devices, such as disk ...
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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
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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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