Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age by Michael A. Hiltzik

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Book Name : Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age
Author : Michael A. Hiltzik
Language : English
Genre : Computer History, Biography, Business, Technology
Publication : Harper Business
Pages : 480
Book Size : 42 Mb
Book Format : PDF

About the Book:

Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age by Michael A. Hiltzik is largely an oral history, drawn from the words and recollections of people who were there. Many have moved on to other work, some of it based on their discoveries at PARC and some of it spectacularly lucrative. Almost to a person, however, they remember their years at PARC as the most exciting and fulfilling of their lives.

It should be emphasized that PARC in this period was an exceptionally multifarious place, embracing not only computer technologies but solid-state physics and materials science. Most of the work accomplished at the research center in those latter disciplines lies outside the scope of Dealers of Lightning ebook for several reasons. For one thing, the more traditional physical sciences did not offer the same opportunities for extravagant and revolutionary results as computing, at least not at that moment Nor did the  physicists test Xerox’s corporate strategy, internal politics, or, indeed, standards of employee behavior with quite the same zest as the computer people.

This is not to say the physicists should be wholly deprived of their place in the limelight; in truth, some of the most exhilarating work of PARC’s second fifteen years has occurred in the center’s physics labs—another testament to its founders’ patience and foresight. But because the intellectual ferment of PARC’s formative years was concentrated so powerfully in the Computer and Systems Science Labs, Michael A. Hiltzik have chosen to focus on them.

Further Reading:

  1. Accidental Empires: How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions by Robert X. Cringely
  2. The Macintosh Way by Guy Kawasaki

Contents:

Part I: Prodigies

Chapter 1 The Impresario
Chapter 2 McColough’s Folly
Chapter 3 The House on Porter Drive
Chapter 4 Utopia
Chapter 5 Berkeley’s Second System
Chapter 6 “Not Your Normal Person”
Chapter 7 The Clone
Chapter 8 The Future Invented

Part II: Inventors

Chapter 9 The Refugee
Chapter 10 Beating the Dealer
Chapter 11 Spacewar
Chapter 12 Thackers Bet
Chapter 13 The Bobbsey Twins Build a Network
Chapter 14 What You See Is What You Get
Chapter 15 On the Lunatic Fringe
Chapter I6 The Pariahs
Chapter 17 The Big Machine

Part III: Messengers

Chapter I8 Futures Day
Chapter 19 Future Plus One
Chapter 20 The Worm That Ate the Ethernet
Chapter 2l The Silicon Revolution
Chapter 22 The Crisis of Biggerism
Chapter 23 Steve Jobs Gets His Show and Tell
Chapter 24 Supernova
Chapter 25 Blindsided
Chapter 26 Exit the Impresario

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