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.
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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 9 months ago by Richard Sack
I only read parts of this book, but what I did read was really good. This book would be good as historical reference in a paper, which is how I'm using it.Published 10 months ago by Erika Miranda
Fascinating - purchased this as a gift, but kept it for myself. I started reading it to make sure it was appropriate for the recipient, but wanted to finish the book so I kept... Read morePublished 10 months ago by buttercup
Excellent history of the early computer industry. I have purchased a number of books as gifts over the years to friendsPublished 14 months ago by Julius Aires
I was there but not in an important enough role to be required by the story. Despite this, I knew some of the people and everything I could remember was true and accurate (two, not... Read morePublished on September 27, 2012 by Mark Thomas Murphy