Fire in the Valley: The Making of The Personal Computer

Fire in the Valley: The Making of The Personal ComputerIn The Early 1970s The Personal Computer Was Just A Wild Dream Shared By A Small Group Of Computer Enthusiasts In An Area South Of San Francisco Now Called Silicon Valley.Working After Hours In Basements And Warehouses, Computer Pioneers Steve Jobs And Steve Wozniak Of Apple Computer, Bill Gates Of Microsoft, Gary Kildall Of Digital Research, And Many Others Ignited A Technological Revolution Of Astounding Magnitude.This Is The Story Of Those Individuals And The Industry They Founded It Reveals The Visions They Shared, The Sacrifices They Made, And The Rewards They Reaped.

Paul Freiberger, author of When Can You Start is an award winning writer His work has been widely praised for its effectiveness and compassion As President of Shimmering Careers, Paul helps individuals improve their careers with job interview preparation, resumes and job search.Paul won The Los Angeles Times Book Award as co author of Fuzzy Logic Simon Schuster, 1994 and he co autho

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  • Paperback
  • 424 pages
  • Fire in the Valley: The Making of The Personal Computer
  • Paul Freiberger
  • English
  • 10 September 2019
  • 9781937785765

10 thoughts on “Fire in the Valley: The Making of The Personal Computer

  1. Brian says:

    3.0 Was expecting it to be entertainingOkay, decent stab at a comprehensive history of the personal computer Definitely achieves the breadth of that ambitious goal, so I give it credit there I ve been wanting to read this for a while, so still glad that I have.I don t know quite what it was missing Wasn t as good as Hackers, though certainly covered a lot of the same ground at times, felt like I was rereading sections from Hackers, and kind of wonder if one of the two books borrowed from the other Fire in the Valley doesn t seem to give any sources, bibliographies or suggest when who was interviewed, kinda weird For the times that overlapped, I felt that we got in depth in Hackers, though at least Fire in the Valley did get it right that Microsoft bought first version of PC DOS and Bill Gates didn t write it.Think the way this was told was unfortunate as well He tried to pick someone important for each section chapter and do a quick bio from early on till their heyday and fade away This resulted in really short narratives and also people being formally introduced into the narrative many pages after they first appear The way it reads like we hadn t actually read about someone till the chapter that actually focuses on them This was most apparent to me when I reached the Gary Kildall section.Another stylistic...

  2. Jerry says:

    A year was a lifetime in those days Lee Felsenstein SOL and Osborne 1 designer Since I lived in Michigan at the time most of these events took place, I was isolated from them I had a TRS 80 Model I from 1980 through 1987 The Tandy computers were the top sellers from the moment it came out in 1976 through at least 1980 and probably 1982 Since Tandy was not a west coast business, it figures little in these pages, however the valley of the title is Silicon Valley, and the stars of this book are people I heard about only in passing in my corner of the nascent computer industry For very personal, and Michigan centered, history of the TRS 80 corner, I highly recommend David Theresa Welsh s Priming the Pump How TRS 80 Enthusiasts Helped Spark the PC Revolution This is a big book it covers a lot of ground, but still manages to miss some things that I think are important, especially to the authors focus on the free wheeling, open character of the west coast hobby community For example, Bob Albrecht comes up as a prominent early proponent of BASIC and one of the founders of Dr Dobb s Journal He called himself the dragon , the authors write They leave out or perhaps d...

  3. Barbara says:

    Loved this book I read it back when it was first published and during the time I was working at my first job after graduating from CalApple The mid late 80 s at Apple were the best of times Mac intro, the 1984 commercial, huge profit margins, brilliant creative colleagues, and wildly over the top parties and the worst of times Black Friday layoffs of 85, the rebellious black pirate flag hanging atop the Mac building Steve s lair , the bitter and acrimonious dethroning and departure of ...

  4. Mark says:

    Fire in the Valley is one of the seminal books on the history of personal computing and still has value Over time, most books on the subject have tended to focus on the chosen few who have become household names especially Jobs and Gates , but at the time when this book was first written, it was not yet obvious who would be canonized in the long run Thus, Fire in the Valley, describes the key contributions of dozens and dozens of individuals whose names have mostly been forgotten The book reminds us how communal and democratized the early days of personal computing were Hundreds of hobbyists, from around the country not just Silicon Valley , contributed to the development of the computer That said, the book s comprehensive nature leaves it somewhat diffuse, and some readers might, by the end, find themselves longing for something simpler a biography of Jobs , even if it means missing out on the...

  5. Cori says:

    An entirely captivating look at how the technology of the personal computer evolved from garage hobby project to household essential I read the original 1984 version first and was left thirsting for so tracked down this updated one The only downside is that it is in desperate need of updating again because 10 years have passed since this edition I would love to see a new version or a new book written on the fu...

  6. Jan Van Ryswyck says:

    Amazing storytelling about the birth and rise of the personal computer Required reading for anyone in the IT industry.Favorite quote from the book Let s not worry about conformity and tradition Let s just do whatever works and let s have fun doing it.

  7. Alexander Case says:

    The book significantly underestimates gaming s role in promoting the adoption of computing technologies I m to get into this in depth with my video review.

  8. John Harvard says:

    A fast paced narrative documenting the development of the PC industry, from the emergence of the Altair computer in the seventies to the arrival of the internet and AOL in the late nineties The book is not technical and does not need any formal understanding of computers to be enjoyed It is the story of the PC revolution and the personalities behind it.The book spends a fair bit of time portraying key personalities who were behind the PC revolution and how they incrementally built on each others efforts to continually improve the PC and make it affordable The title of the book is wholly appropriate, it was really a wildfire of ideas and efforts in Silicon Valley that led to the PC revolution A similar revolution seems to be occurring in Silicon V...

  9. Dan Cohen says:

    A decent account of the fascinating few years that saw the birth of the PC industry I was impressed by the fact that the author kept a wide angle view and so did not neglect to write about the journals, fairs, clubs, retailers and other key elements of the scene, in addition to the obvious players hardware an...

  10. Derek says:

    I ve read many books that covered the history of computers, with Steven Levy s Hackers being a favorite This book had anecdotes of never seen before It was an exciting read even knowing large portions of the history it covers.

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