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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Overview

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: 9780143036760
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 800,539
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.77(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 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

Prefaceix
1The Prophet and the True Believers1
2Augmentation41
3Red-Diaper Baby80
4Free U110
5Dealing Lightning148
6Scholars and Barbarians179
7Momentum217
8Borrowing Fire from the Gods254
Acknowledgments289
Notes291
Bibliography297
Index301

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