Fire in the Valley

Fire in the Valley

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In the 1970s, while their contemporaries were protesting the computer as a tool of dehumanization and oppression, a motley collection of college dropouts, hippies, and electronics fanatics were engaged in something much more subversive. Obsessed with the idea of getting computer power into their own hands, they launched from their garages a hobbyist movement that grew into an industry, and ultimately a social and technological revolution. What they did was invent the personal computer: not just a new device, but a watershed in the relationship between man and machine. This is their story. Fire in the Valley is the definitive history of the personal computer, drawn from interviews with the people who made it happen, written by two veteran computer writers who were there from the start. Working at InfoWorld in the early 1980s, Swaine and Freiberger daily rubbed elbows with people like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates when they were creating the personal computer revolution. A rich story of colorful individuals, Fire in the Valley profiles these unlikely revolutionaries and entrepreneurs, such as Ed Roberts of MITS, Lee Felsenstein at Processor Technology, and Jack Tramiel of Commodore, as well as Jobs and Gates in all the innocence of their formative years. This completely revised and expanded third edition brings the story to its completion, chronicling the end of the personal computer revolution and the beginning of the post-PC era. It covers the departure from the stage of major players with the deaths of Steve Jobs and Douglas Engelbart and the retirements of Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer; the shift away from the PC to the cloud and portable devices; and what the end of the PC era means for issues such as personal freedom and power, and open source vs. proprietary software.

PRODUCT DETAILS :
ISBN : 9781937785765
BY (AUTHOR) Freiberger, Paul, BY (AUTHOR) Swaine, Michael
PUBLISHER : The Pragmatic Programmers PUBLICATION DATE : November 18, 2014
COUNTRY OF PUBLICATION : United States IMPRINT : The Pragmatic Programmers
LANGUAGE : English AGE : Technical / Manuals
PRODUCT FORM : Paperback / softback
DIMENSION : 235 mm x 191 mm

PRODUCT CATEGORY :
Computing & Information Technology
Economics, Finance, Business & Management

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DESCRIPTION :
In the 1970s, while their contemporaries were protesting the computer as a tool of dehumanization and oppression, a motley collection of college dropouts, hippies, and electronics fanatics were engaged in something much more subversive. Obsessed with the idea of getting computer power into their own hands, they launched from their garages a hobbyist movement that grew into an industry, and ultimately a social and technological revolution. What they did was invent the personal computer: not just a new device, but a watershed in the relationship between man and machine. This is their story. Fire in the Valley is the definitive history of the personal computer, drawn from interviews with the people who made it happen, written by two veteran computer writers who were there from the start. Working at InfoWorld in the early 1980s, Swaine and Freiberger daily rubbed elbows with people like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates when they were creating the personal computer revolution. A rich story of colorful individuals, Fire in the Valley profiles these unlikely revolutionaries and entrepreneurs, such as Ed Roberts of MITS, Lee Felsenstein at Processor Technology, and Jack Tramiel of Commodore, as well as Jobs and Gates in all the innocence of their formative years. This completely revised and expanded third edition brings the story to its completion, chronicling the end of the personal computer revolution and the beginning of the post-PC era. It covers the departure from the stage of major players with the deaths of Steve Jobs and Douglas Engelbart and the retirements of Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer; the shift away from the PC to the cloud and portable devices; and what the end of the PC era means for issues such as personal freedom and power, and open source vs. proprietary software.

PRODUCT DETAILS :
ISBN : 9781937785765
BY (AUTHOR) Freiberger, Paul, BY (AUTHOR) Swaine, Michael
PUBLISHER : The Pragmatic Programmers PUBLICATION DATE : November 18, 2014
COUNTRY OF PUBLICATION : United States IMPRINT : The Pragmatic Programmers
LANGUAGE : English AGE : Technical / Manuals
PRODUCT FORM : Paperback / softback
DIMENSION : 235 mm x 191 mm

PRODUCT CATEGORY :
Computing & Information Technology
Economics, Finance, Business & Management

* This is a fixed price item. Promo codes, coupons, special online offers and promotions, VIP or member's discount cannot be used in conjunction with this item.