What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry
Now a few drawbacks: The book is a little hard to follow because there were so many players. I really wanted to know...more
The author wrote this in the same way in which I often write my essays: I start with a preconceived conclusion and generally try to shoehorn the rest of my essay into it, despite reality differing a little from what I though.
The rise of computers was undoubtedly parallel with the rise of the drug culture and the New Left, and many of the first computer scientists were active participants in these movements; however, it seems that by the author's sporadic intermingling of these separate events,...more
it's somehow encouraging to read of the altruist...more
On the other hand, the writing is chaotic, disorganized and repetitive. The author's thesis that LSD is linked to most of the interesting people is more like noting who wears neckties. (Not really relevant?) People are identified and its noted if they've done LSD... nothing about whether that had positive or negative effects on their lives/work/c...more
The book was usually but not...more
The multitude of players and stories is somewhat difficult to follow, but overall the narration gives a decent impression of what the Stanford/NorCal scene was like, and who was involved, as computing technology was being developed.
A good bit of the history seems anecdotal, and the connections between counterculture and computer R&D seem strained. I didn't finish this book thinking that PC development was a direct result of any psychedelic experi...more
If you have interest in the emergence of...more
- Reading about the history of the AMPEX sign that I see every day on US-101.
- In the early sixties, there was a "startup" dedicated to the use of LSD in business to enhance the creative thinking of management. Makes you realize how many associations have been attached to drugs since th...more
At times for me it seemed that this book was of style which was too documentary. But, anyway, important facts must be mentioned.
On the other hand, book is full of colorful events from early hacking days. Thanks goes for the author, I had a great time.
If you want to know what cultural changes had to happen alongside the technological ones you really should read this book.
probably enjoy this - it covers 60s and 70s research at Stanford and PARC, esp. Doug Engelbart, who was an early proponent of personal computing at a time when the idea seemed insane.
The gimmick of the book is to tie all the subjects to the heady era of the late 60s and LSD use, hence the title.