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John Markoff tells the real story of personal computing. The heroes are not your usual suspects like Gates and Jobs, but men behind the scenes like Doug Engelbart, Alan Kay, Larry... Read morePublished 1 month ago by vakibs
This book was a fascinating history of personal computing in America, most specifically in Northern California, most especially in the Stanford region. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Scott C. Holstad
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 7 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 8 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 10 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 12 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 12 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 13 months ago by Manu