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These days, we are used to the "total commitment" philosophy of managing technical creation, but Kidder was surprised and even a little alarmed at the obsessions and compulsions he found. From in-house political struggles to workers being permitted to tease management to marathon 24-hour work sessions, The Soul of a New Machine explores concepts that already seem familiar, even old-hat, less than 20 years later. Kidder plainly admires his subjects; while he admits to hopeless confusion about their work, he finds their dedication heroic. The reader wonders, though, what will become of it all, now and in the future. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Fascinating read about the earlier days of computer engineeringPublished 1 month ago by Andrew Sowers
If you've ever been on a hardware/software development team, you'll recognize yourself and all of your colleagues in this extraordinary book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tom Shanley
Early eighties building the next generation computer. Interesting human analysis and business insights. Don't give up when it gets bogged down.Published 1 month ago by Peter W. Nichols
The Soul of A New Machine is a fascinating look at how a new computer was designed in the late 1970s. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Douglas Baldwin
this is a good book for understanding how the computer revolution actually came aboutPublished 2 months ago by andy
I read this while getting my Masters in Computer Science, decades ago, and found it very current and helpful. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Man in the Middle