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 room-sized mainframe computers were built by IBM, Control Data
Corporation, Honeywell, and the other dwarfs. These machines were designed
by an entire generation of engineers, cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and
were often ...
The mainframe computer and minicomputer companies had the money, expertise
, and unequaled opportunity to place computers in the hands of nearly everyone.
It didn't take a visionary to see a personal-sized computer that could fit on a ...
At the same time, Ed Roberts and the entire mainframe and minicomputer
industry held the opposite view, that software should be proprietary. But the
hobbyists were bringing their own values to bear in the industry. Most favored
openness in ...
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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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