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 1969, when Intel got the contract to produce calculator chips for the Japanese
firm Busicom, the cost to build and sell a calculator nearly approached the cost to
build and sell a low-end minicomputer. By the early 1970s, semiconductor ...
Once Millard's people had put together a complete system with all the necessary
programs and hardware, they could sell it to auto dealers throughout the country.
Millard knew they wouldn't fail. He wasn't about to let this opportunity evaporate ...
He decided that his firm would not sell to manufacturers, as Gary Kildall, Gordon
Eubanks, and Bill Gates had been doing, nor would it sell by mail to end users,
as Michael Shrayer, Alan Cooper, and Keith Parsons did. The number of
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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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