Accidental Empires is the trenchant, vastly readable history of that industry, focusing as much on the astoundingly odd personalities at its core--Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mitch Kapor, etc. The history here seems to indicate that success can come against all odds. Bill Gates always trying desperately to prove he could do anything and in desperate need of a shower most of the time. I would recommend this book to anyone that is curious about the history of software and computers, or is simply interested in the people drove the industry to where it is now. The book looks at many different companies and projects and the people behind them from Apple to Atari. From United Kingdom to U. I was concerned that it would be stuffed with jargon and concepts beyond my understanding, but it wasn't.
Tired of reading fawning novels about the movers and shakers of the computing age? I cannot recommend this book enough. Now I work as software engineer. Not bad, considering he made these predictions at the start of the 1990s. Despite this, the book still makes for a fantastic read - it's effectively a collection of reminisces anyway, and so it hardly matters whether the story you're reading happened five years ago or thirty years ago. Otherwise, go ahead and miss out - your loss. It's common to read stuff about pirates or knights or whatever and either think you were born too late, or that you can't believe how those primitives endured, or both.
Computer manufacturing is--after cars, energy production and illegal drugs--the largest industry in the world, and it's one of the last great success stories in American business. Not so with Accidental Empires. I suspect people who are not particularly tied into the computer culture won't find this worth reading. The book is filled with anecdotes and interesting personal stories of people responsible for developing much of the technologies we use today. I enjoy Cringely's humor, and how he is able to explain complex computer ideas in layman's terms.
My first computer I got around 1998 and it was already Pentium with Windows 95 on board. His book is a well informed account of the evolution of operating systems, hardware, networking, and print technologies starting from the day these were just wild ideas. It is by all means a fascinating account of the people and events that shaped the marketplace and gave it a direction and turned it into a multibillion industry. The history of the first several decades of the microcomputer revolution, told as history should be told: as a series of stories. You'll guard your wallet when the next upgrade is introduced. Finally got around to it.
Without personal computers, there would have been no supply-side economics. Accidental Empires is the trenchant, vastly readable history of that industry, focusing as much on the astoundingly odd personalities at its core--Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mitch Kapor, etc. Cringley made his name writing a gossip column for 'Infoworld'. No quibble refund if not completely satisfied. In drawing attention to the fragility and ephemerality of hardware, software and gameplay, this new edition encourages readers and players not only to consider how games might be studied but also what can, will and should be left behind for the next generation of games researchers. What would Sun charge if it had to build it all itself? This is the book for you. The idea was to keep all these, folks, and the thousands of people they would talk to in the coming weeks, from buying some competitor's program before this product-this Microsoft Word 3.
Despite some chuckles at the expense of all things nerdy, white and male in the computer industry, Cringely somehow manages to balance the humour with a genuine appreciation of both the technical and strategic accomplishments of these industry luminaries. First Printing Bookseller: , New York, United States New York: Addison, 1992. Established in 2004, we have over 500,000 books in stock. Page 307 has other predictions! This book was a book that launched a genre - the sarcastic, gossipy fast-paced insiders look at the computer industry. I have read Cringely online for years, so there could have been some overlap with those articles and the book, too. The book is a great insider story about the early software and hardware ventures. We all recognize the names of the people e.
About this Item: Penguin Books Ltd, 1996. Since they were trying to go as fast as possible they used a flat organization. Cringely had an unique perceptive of this industry as history was happening. But he seems to consistently point out failings in all of the players. Cringely examined why today's Information Technology industry is what it is now, and how it became like this.
Apple borrowed heavily from their research, so did many of the other early pc companies. Cringely comes across as very knowledgeable and humorous. Oh yeah you will read a lot about the history of 'killer apps' in the valley and who was behind them. The spine is likely creased and the cover scuffed or slightly torn. The addendum to the 1996 edition is interesting, since it's less predictive than the 1992 edition.
Along the way, personal computers themselves turned into a very big business. People who wanted to play games, people who stole ideas from each other, people who gained and lost fortunes faster than. Page 281 explains how Microsoft takes a stab at new technology. If what Cringely writes is true, Jobs has returned to Apple and corrected every strategic and technological misstep from his first tenure. As some other reviewers have noted, the tone will make some readers cringe a bit, but the tone is pretty depictive of the way in which many people in the industry actually see things. Since the book was published, his long-term view of the structural nature of the computer business has by and large been vindicated.
Cringely's book, Accidental Empires: How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions, Battle Foreign Competition, and Still Can't Get a Date, was a national best-seller. About this Item: Penguin Books Ltd, 1996. Much of what Xerox invented was actually based on work done by Doug Englebart at the Stanford Research Institute. Book was signed, inscribed and dated by the author on the half-title page. Clean, undamaged book with no damage to pages and minimal wear to the cover. This book was a gem and I remember reading it and rereading it.