anyone read dealers of lightning?
Curt @ Atari Museum
curt at atarimuseum.com
Thu Jun 4 00:34:30 CDT 2009
I read it, it was a good read, it really visualizes to the reader the
whole atmosphere of PARC from its beginnings, I thought it well detailed
how corporate nearly lost its prized possession - the Xerox copier with
its arrogance. The refrigerator sized video frame buffer system and
other amazing products, its a lot more then just a discussion about the
Alto and the GUI. Its a good book overall.
If you enjoy reading it, also read Soul of a new Machine, its about the
creation of Data General and I think that was an even better read.
Keith Monahan wrote:
> Has anyone read Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the
> Computer Age ?
> I swear the more and more I read about the history of computers, the
> more I keep coming back to Xerox PARC. The 70's must have been a pretty
> exciting time to be there.
> Anyone have any back stories or have read the book? I've got it on
> order, but I've read some scathing reviews about how the author got it
> wrong. I know some of the scathing reviews might be by people who
> weren't described in a favorable light in the book --- but I've seen
> plenty of technical stories get screwed up.
> Also any comments on Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System
> would be helpful.
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