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Silicon Sky: How One Small Start-Up Went Over the Top to Beat the Big Boys Into Satellite Heaven Hardcover – April 1, 1999
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"Studied" might be a better term than written about... We were definitely studied, like amusing and sometimes suprisingly humanoid monkeys in a cage. We always used to joke about the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. It goes something like this: You can't measure anything without affecting it a little bit. Dr Heisenberg was a physicist, and wrote down his idea in terms of th mathematics of atomic particles, but it is a concept equally valid in the field of anthropology, which is what this book is going to be about. I've read a couple of books by Gary Dorsey, and they share this feature; he works hard to get inside the head of his subjects and succeeds in taking you there, too. That and his style entranced me. It doesn't take much time at all to get fully engrossed because the book immediately surrounds you with its own "virtual reality" So, Gary was our own Heisenberg, measuring us, and certainly impacting the process a little along the way.
I remember being surprised that Dave Thompson (the Big Boss, we always called him) had allowed Gary unlimited access. Gary was like a spider on the wall, crawling silently into any group he wanted, from the executives' meetings to bitch sessions in the lab. The little red light of his tape recorder, an occasional note he took, these things reminded you this was all going to come out, eventually. Gary would also come around and interview you occasionally. I remember thinking, "damn, I don't \ have time for this guy.Read more ›
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As someone who worked at the 'old' OSC during the time that this book covers, I knew a lot of the characters portrayed here and am acquainted with the Orbcomm story. Read morePublished on January 29, 2000 by former osc insider
It is almost invariable that stories that I have personal knowledge of are conveyed with glaring errors and omissions. Read morePublished on June 8, 1999 by Wally Walter
The race to space never looked like this before. Compares well with "Apollo 13" and "Soul of a New Machine. Read morePublished on June 3, 1999