Notes for Paul Freiberger and Michael Swaine fire in the valley THE MAKING OF THE PERSONAL COMPUTER, SECOND EDITION

Still appropriate as this edition is deprecated allowing to become static; include this text in a course syllabus. This notes file represents most borderline fair use via free open source software, as percentage of the other text in proportion to the volume of my notes taken while reading it and personally typing it into these files.


Still seen by authors as revolutionarily empowering tool: lack of sophistication or result of years of research?

What a pompous prediction to think this book would still be read decades later.

(424) In one way or another, they were all dreaming of one thing: the personal computer, the packaging of the awesome power of computer technology into a little box that anyone could own.
Today, changing the world is the little machine's job. The personal computer, once a truly revolutionary idea, has become a commonplace tool. But it's a revolutionarily empowering tool, and a tool that can empower revolutions. Just as the World Wide Web was invented on a NeXT cube, it is likely that the next technological revolution will be invented on a personal computer.
Probably by some bright young hacker.
She may even be reading this book right now.

Freiberger, Paul and Michael Swaine. Fire in the Valley: The Making of the Personal Computer, Second Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill. 2000. Print.