Based on extensive interviews with the scientists, engineers, administrators, and executives who lived the story, this riveting chronicle details PARC's humble beginnings through its triumph as a hothouse for ideas, and shows why Xerox was ...
Author: Michael A. Hiltzik
Publisher: Harper Collins
In the bestselling tradition of The Soul of a New Machine, Dealers of Lightning is a fascinating journey of intellectual creation. In the 1970s and '80s, Xerox Corporation brought together a brain-trust of engineering geniuses, a group of computer eccentrics dubbed PARC. This brilliant group created several monumental innovations that triggered a technological revolution, including the first personal computer, the laser printer, and the graphical interface (one of the main precursors of the Internet), only to see these breakthroughs rejected by the corporation. Yet, instead of giving up, these determined inventors turned their ideas into empires that radically altered contemporary life and changed the world. Based on extensive interviews with the scientists, engineers, administrators, and executives who lived the story, this riveting chronicle details PARC's humble beginnings through its triumph as a hothouse for ideas, and shows why Xerox was never able to grasp, and ultimately exploit, the cutting-edge innovations PARC delivered. Dealers of Lightning offers an unprecedented look at the ideas, the inventions, and the individuals that propelled Xerox PARC to the frontier of technohistoiy--and the corporate machinations that almost prevented it from achieving greatness.
The story of the legendary Xerox PARC -- where eccentric young inventors were brought together by Xerox Corp. at a facility in Palo Alto, CA, during the Ô70s and Ô80s.
Author: Michael Hiltzik
The story of the legendary Xerox PARC -- where eccentric young inventors were brought together by Xerox Corp. at a facility in Palo Alto, CA, during the Ô70s and Ô80s. This extraordinary group brought about a technological revolution that would change the world. Takes the reader on a journey from PARC's beginnings at the edge of Stanford Univ. to its triumph as a hothouse of ideas that spawned not only the first personal computer, but the windows-style graphical user interface, the laser printer, the indispensable technology of the Internet, and more. Details the frustration of the original PARC scientists, many of whom would go on to build their fortunes upon the very ideas Xerox discarded.
1993; Michael Hiltzik, Dealers of Lightning (Harper, 1999; locations refer to the
Kindle edition), chapter 6. Author's interview with Alan Kay; Landau and Clegg, “
Reflections by Fellow Pioneers,” in The Engelbart Hypothesis; Alan Kay talk, ...
Author: Walter Isaacson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson’s New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed The Innovators is a “riveting, propulsive, and at times deeply moving” (The Atlantic) story of the people who created the computer and the internet. What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail? The Innovators is a masterly saga of collaborative genius destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution—and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens. Isaacson begins the adventure with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. He explores the fascinating personalities that created our current digital revolution, such as Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page. This is the story of how their minds worked and what made them so inventive. It’s also a narrative of how their ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more creative. For an era that seeks to foster innovation, creativity, and teamwork, The Innovators is “a sweeping and surprisingly tenderhearted history of the digital age” (The New York Times).
Hiltzik, Dealers of Lightning, 67. 19. English, interview, July 27, 2004. For
extensive accounts of PARC's internal politics, see Hiltzik, Dealers of Lightning;
and Smith and Alexander, Fumbling the Future. 20. Alan Kay, interview, August 5,
Author: Fred Turner
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
In the early 1960s, computers haunted the American popular imagination. Bleak tools of the cold war, they embodied the rigid organization and mechanical conformity that made the military-industrial complex possible. But by the 1990s—and the dawn of the Internet—computers started to represent a very different kind of world: a collaborative and digital utopia modeled on the communal ideals of the hippies who so vehemently rebelled against the cold war establishment in the first place. From Counterculture to Cyberculture is the first book to explore this extraordinary and ironic transformation. Fred Turner here traces the previously untold story of a highly influential group of San Francisco Bay–area entrepreneurs: Stewart Brand and the Whole Earth network. Between 1968 and 1998, via such familiar venues as the National Book Award–winning Whole Earth Catalog, the computer conferencing system known as WELL, and, ultimately, the launch of the wildly successful Wired magazine, Brand and his colleagues brokered a long-running collaboration between San Francisco flower power and the emerging technological hub of Silicon Valley. Thanks to their vision, counterculturalists and technologists alike joined together to reimagine computers as tools for personal liberation, the building of virtual and decidedly alternative communities, and the exploration of bold new social frontiers. Shedding new light on how our networked culture came to be, this fascinating book reminds us that the distance between the Grateful Dead and Google, between Ken Kesey and the computer itself, is not as great as we might think.
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in real estate, 247 Dealer in stoves, 286 ... 293 Dealers, 288, 315,342 Dealers in
blue stone, 344 Dealers in coal, 289 Dealers in dry goods, 330 Dealers in feed, ...
Author: Hamilton Child
Publisher: Between the Lakes Group LLC
Child's Gazetteer includes extensive historical information about Sullivan County, NY, as well as listings by town of all who were involved in business of any kind (including farming). New in this republication on CD-ROM are a complete index of the entire book, extracts of old topographic maps of many of the localities mentioned.
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Livery Stables , Locksmiths , Looking - Glasses and Frames , Lumber Dealers , ....
Lumber Inspectors , Machinery Dealers ,. Machinists , Maltsters , Marble Dealers
Historical papers are prefixed to several issues.
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Jan. 31, 1967- lists Nebraska tractor tests.