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Fire in the Valley: The Making of the Personal Computerby Paul Freiberger and Michael Swaine
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In January 1975, Popular Electronics magazine published a cover story on the Altair, an odd metal box with switches and blinking lights that proved to be the progenitor of todays personal computer. Inspired by possibilities that the leaders of the electronics and mainframe computer industries couldnt see, unlikely entrepreneurs?hippies, dropouts, phone phreaks, and electronics hobbyists?seized the opportunity.
How those personal computer pioneers went from side street garages to Wall Streets graces, and how their brilliance, enthusiasm, camaraderie, and competition changed the world is all here in Paul Freiberger and Michael Swaines classic, Fire in the Valley: The Making of the Personal Computer. Released in 1984, it uniquely captures the explosive, frenetic energy of those early days.
"Fire in the Valley is a comprehensive and evenhanded history of the personal computing phenomenon." Chris Morgan, Vice President of Communications, Lotus Development Corporation
"A complete and authoritative history. Great reading." John C. Dvorak, columnist Infoworld/San Francisco Examiner
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