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The Opening of an Industry,
This review is from: Open: How Compaq Ended IBM's PC Domination and Helped Invent Modern Computing (Kindle Edition)
I thought I'd give this a whirl because I was interested in the story of how 'IBM-clone' or 'IBM-compatible' third-party PC's began. As I started it, I was a little apprehensive: for whatever reason, I didn't realize that it was written by one of the founders of Compaq, the first CEO, until I started. I worried I wouldn't get an unbiased description of what happened. I needn't have worried: Mr. Canion was in a much better position to describe the events and planning that took place in the history of the company than any impartial journalist would have been. This was a great story, full of hard work, big risks, and massive payoffs. I was too young at the time that all this happened to appreciate the development, but it really transformed the computing environment. The author hasn't been the CEO of Compaq for some time, and Compaq merged with HP in 2004, but this story takes you through the really industry-shifting phase of the company's history in an in-depth yet to the point way. I was very interested, and I can highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the topic.
As a nice bonus, the author adds a section explaining how Apple managed to disrupt the entire PC industry with the iPad, and it was great reading. He is a man of great insight into the computing industry, and it was nice of him to take the time to write this fascinating book.