Fire in the Valley: The Birth and Death of the Personal Computer, 3rd Edition

582078233d654.jpg Author Michael Swaine
Isbn 9781937785765
File size 15MB
Year 2014
Pages 424
Language English
File format PDF
Category Hardware

Book 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.

 

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One Comment

  • Richard Hinerfeld 11/12/2018 at pm10:24

    Compaq Computer did not in corporate until some time in 1982.
    I interviewed with them in Dec of 1982. At that time I was
    working at an Oilfield Service company. There was a lot
    of layoffs taken place and I had to move on.
    I started with Compaq in January of 1983 and stayed until 1990.
    Compaq's original name was "Gateway Technology".
    They were located in the Allied-Cypress building on Jones Road, in Houston.
    My employee number was 146. The factory was located on Perry Road just
    off of Highway 149 soon to be changed to SH 249.
    This was the Wild-West-Days of Computer Development.
    There growth was so fast that we had our first engineering meeting in the Drafting room
    the second meeting in the Movie theater at The Willabrook Mall.

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