John Markoff has written a wonderful book about the cultural roots of the personal computing revolution.
This book follows Doug Engelbart's path on the way of inventing many of the Human Computer Interface technologies that we take granted for today.
The book has the big idea and it is clearly written on the level of sentences and paragraphs, but you get lost reading through chapters.
Book did not live up to my expectations
Very Informative but very very very boring.
The author, NYT reporter, started off with a thesis and then collected the evidence to support it instead of sifting the evidence and finding the truth. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mrs. Davis
The writing for this book could've been less wanderish (loses focus at times), else its a good history on the people and technology of the 50s and 60s. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael P. Adams
Enjoyed the read as someone who lives in menlo park and has been involved with computers since 1964... A general precision 4000 machine. 4k memory with 32k drum memory ... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ernest E Chilberg Jr
Good history of how the Pc industry came together. Would have wanted a little more continuity though;sometimes hard to keep track of everyone.Published 8 months ago by steampunk1881
The stories are moderately interesting, but John Markoff isn't the best story teller in this case. Stephen Levy does a much better job covering similar time periods.Published 8 months ago by Nathan West
a very detailed account of the development of the computer industry. unfortunately some of it is more like a dry list of names and anagrams than an interesting story.Published 9 months ago by Manu
Great book, it lays out the history and impact of the silicon revolution by following the tales of several radical radical academics. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Nick Sweeting
This book reads almost like a novel. It tells a fascinating story of the confluence of science, technology, the development of personal computing, anti-Vietnam war activism, and... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Richard Sack