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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"That 4K dynamic memory board was atrocious," Roberts later admitted. The truth
was, Allen didn't have to key in all of BASIC every time he wanted to use the
machine. The workshop Altair had some secret capabilities that MITS wasn't yet ...
The two then pursued their interests independently; Torode built computers
under the name Digital Systems and later Digital Microsystems, and Kildall wrote
software under the name Intergalactic Digital Research (later Digital Research).
Writer and industry prognosticator Paul Saffo later said, "This demo set a brush
fire burning that swept across the computing landscape that inspired one
researcher after another to head off in their own direction. It quite literally
branched the ...
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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
The Voyage to Altair
The Miracle Makers
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