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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on/off switches of complex electrical circuits. Logic, in other words, could be
represented by electrical circuitry. Therefore, electrical calculating machines and
logic machines could, in principle, be built. One of Peirce's students, Allan
By the 1930s, the advent of computing machines was apparent. It also seemed
that computers were destined to be huge and expensive special-purpose devices
. It took decades before they became much smaller and cheaper, but they were ...
But the timing of the machine's release was unfortunate. The Equinox was an
8080 machine, and the 8080 was no longer the sexy chip; the Z80 was.
Technical Design Labs in New Jersey, Garland and Melen's Cromemco in
California, and ...
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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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