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

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

by John Markoff

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101201084
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/21/2005
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 508 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

1The Prophet and the True Believers1
3Red-Diaper Baby80
4Free U110
5Dealing Lightning148
6Scholars and Barbarians179
8Borrowing Fire from the Gods254

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What the Dormouse Said: The Untold Story of How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
csixty4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿ve been wanting to read What the Dormouse Said since it came out, and finally got the chance to read it this week. I was disappointed, although now I have a lot of other books & videos to dig into as a result of reading this book.Markoff¿s thesis, that the 1960s psychadelic subculture shaped the ideas that lead up to the first personal computers, is pretty reasonable. The parties and grassroot organizations of the day brought people together, and the dream of a ¿personal¿ computer was just another example of ¿power to the people¿. He gives plenty of facts & tales to support this angle.My biggest complaint is that the book lacks a cohesive narrative thread. I like how Fabio Rojas describes it in his review: ¿There are so many people that just appear and disappear that it¿s hard to keep track of them.¿ Several times, I wished I had taken the time to draw a ¿family tree¿ of the subjects, so I had some idea who they were and how they tied into everything.
librorumamans on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Disappointing. Prolix, and too much given to trivialities, thus obscuring the through-line of what would make a really good extended magazine article. The soul of a new machine this ain't.
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