What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal ComputerIndustry

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Penguin, Apr 21, 2005 - History - 336 pages
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Most histories of the personal computer industry focus on technology or business. John Markoff’s landmark book is about the culture and consciousness behind the first PCs—the culture being counter– and the consciousness expanded, sometimes chemically. It’s a brilliant evocation of Stanford, California, in the 1960s and ’70s, where a group of visionaries set out to turn computers into a means for freeing minds and information. In these pages one encounters Ken Kesey and the phone hacker Cap’n Crunch, est and LSD, The Whole Earth Catalog and the Homebrew Computer Lab. What the Dormouse Said is a poignant, funny, and inspiring book by one of the smartest technology writers around.
 

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Review: What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry

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A really wonderful, personal account of the emergence of the personal computer... and the multitude of social and community dynamics in play behind it all. It's a tour through LSD and hacking, in the ... Read full review

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Markoff has recovered a remarkable hidden history of the origins of the personal computer in the fertile soil of Palo Alto in the 1960s. Linking together the immense vision of Douglas Engelbert that a ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
1 THE PROPHET AND THE TRUE BELIEVERS
2 AUGMENTATION
3 REDDIAPER BABY
4 FREE U
5 DEALING LIGHTNING
6 SCHOLARS AND BARBARIANS
7 MOMENTUM
8 BORROWING FIRE FROM THE GODS
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
NOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
Copyright

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John Markoff is a senior writer for The New York Times who has coauthored Cyberpunk: Outlaws and Hackers on the Computer Frontier and the bestselling Takedown: The Pursuit and Capture of Kevin Mitnick, America’s Most Wanted Computer Outlaw.

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