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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French had approached IMSAI with the idea of buying kits in quantity and
retailing them through a computer store. Again, Faber was dumbfounded. Sell
computers to customers right off the street? The idea was ludicrous, he thought.
On the ...
In 1950, Tandy's son Charles, a graduate of Harvard Business School, conceived
of expanding the business into a chain of leathercraft stores that would sell goods
partly by retail and partly by mail order. Cofounder Hinckley balked at the idea ...
1000 units per year. French thought that the 1000-unit figure was absurd. MITS
had sold more than 10,000 Altairs in a year without the overwhelming advantage
of Radio Shack's retail network. French wasn't too sure the $199 price was right, ...
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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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