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

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Penguin, Apr 21, 2005 - History - 352 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

User Review  - Peter Corke - Goodreads

A really good history of the birth of the PC, where Apple and Microsoft don't appear till near the end. A good telling of what came before at SAIL, SRI and then PARC. Technology mixed with counter ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Craig Werner - Goodreads

Nifty book that unveiled a part of the sixties story I hadn't known at all. Markoff, whose book Hackers is a good journalistic intro to a part of computer culture I view from a distance (well, that ... 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 Professor of Sociology and History at the University of Pittsburgh.

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