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Nerds 2.0.1: A Brief History of the Internet [VHS]
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Cringely is eloquent, in words and in deeds. The shot of him driving in a convertible along a freeway, while holding forth about the internet as a big pipeline, is a great way to cast an image. His patient tracing of how the internet emerged from simple attempts to hook one computer to another, and get them to communicate meaningful information is also very well done, and penetrates to the level of the PhD thesis written in 1959 that laid out the binary math basis for it all in the first place.\
The tension between the hippie beginnings of the communitarian internet, and the later proprietary commercialization of the medium is also profiled, with subthemes like how to lose control of your company, played out in interviews with 3Com's Metcalfe, who also articulated "Metcalfe's law."
These videos stand on their own feet, but also on the shoulders of the book, written by Stephen Segaller, who wrote it, amazingly, for PBS. So look, some good things can come out of PBS after all(!). Segaller's book is, as you might suspect, much more detailed, but only the video takes you to Microsoft's campus, or shows you the inventor of an early wireless internet, Norm Abramson, years later standing on a beach holding a surfboard with his current corporate logo plastered in dead-center. Perhaps another symbol of hippie-goes-Ferrari. The book and the video also touch on the fascinating history of Cisco, and the bitterness of former husband and wife Sandy Lerner and Len Bosack, toward their first V.C.Read more ›
Some outdated material, for sure, but even that makes the overall project intriguing as a glimpse into what went for "tech innovation" in the late 90s. These parts almost grant a kind of speculative "Imagine the future, Nineties denizens!" feel that makes for amusing but nevertheless interesting moments a la sci-fi of the 1950s looking ahead to the 80s.
Good times all around, with some surprisingly forthright interviews by folks who either built or are still building the modern tech industry today.
I discovered this video from my local library and rented it soooooo many times. I love this video.
WHY ISN'T THERE A DVD?? Seriously...please...do this!! This video is an important historical video of the birth of the internet and the PC. There is sooooo much that should be preserved in this video. Please PBS....a BluRay would be outstanding and I would pay a premium to own this.
It should be compulsory viewing for everyone who works in the high tech industry.
The documentary explores the development of the Arpanet and email from the Department of Defense in the Military, the Internet, and the World Wide Web in the United States from 1969 to the time the documentary was featured.Also,it discussed the invention of the ethernet at the XEROX PARC (Palo Alto Research Center) during the 1970's.In addition to that,it discussed what created dot-com boom of the late 90's.
I would say that this was a great documentary about the early days of the internet.Many of the dominant companies of the internet that were features when the documentary was done are no longer relevant at present like Excite and 3Com.In fact,it never even discussed Google,who at that time still has yet to be incorporated. Cringley stated in 2012 during the commentary of the Steve Jobs:The Lost Interview that Google has yet to incorporate itself and the check was still in the hands of its venture capitalists.Aside from that,it also features some of the rising titans of the early dot-com bubble wherein Netscape and America Online (AOL) were still dominated the browser wars and the early days of networking companies like Novell Systems and SUN Microsystems as well as software companies like McAffee and online shopping company called Amazon at the point that it has yet to make a profit.Finally,I felt sorry after the founders of Cisco Systems - Sandy Lerner and Leonard Bosack - were politically outmanuevered by the venture capitalists by kicking them out of the company.Read more ›
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This is a fascinating, educational history of the ARPANET and the early years of the Internet. The videos are packed with interviews with pioneering engineers who designed and... Read morePublished on November 18, 2013 by Graybeard
This, along with the "triumph of the nerds" tape tells how personal computers and the internet got started. Trust me, a very fascinating story.Published on January 17, 2013 by over65guy
I've been using this series in my Web Design class for three years. The video is packed with good information and is clearly presented. Read morePublished on October 2, 2009 by dandi
This was a gift for someone who already had the Nerds video, but I ruined it for him. Everything must be OK, since he has made no comments.Published on July 10, 2009 by Karen M. Evert
First, Cringley is great, and makes a great documentary. Howerver, years later, in 2007, this documentary is pretty hilarious. Read morePublished on September 6, 2007 by SuperBK
Fantastic view of a topic that has changed all of our lives. The video is very entertainig and a good source of information. Read morePublished on January 28, 2002
This is a very exciting video about the origin, history, developments, success and failures of the Internet. Read morePublished on December 28, 2000 by Juan Carlos Ceron Fernandez
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