The Soul of A New Machine

The Soul of A New Machine

Paperback - 2000
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"Computers have changed since 1981, when Tracy Kidder indelibly recorded the drama, comedy, and excitement of one company's efforts to bring a new microcomputer to market. What has changed little, however, is computer culture: the feverish pace of the high-tech industry, the mystique of programmers, the go-for-broke approach to business that has caused so many computer companies to win big (or go belly up), and the cult of pursuing mind-bending technological innovations. By tracing computer culture to its roots, by exploring the "soul" of the "machine" that has revolutionized the world, Kidder succeeds as no other writer has done in capturing the essential spirit of the computer age"--Jacket.
Published: New York :, Back Bay Books,, 2000.
Edition: First Back Bay paperback edition.
ISBN: 9780316491976
Branch Call Number: 621.3822 KID
Characteristics: 293 pages ;,21 cm


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Pulitzer winner: General Nonfiction 1982

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franburch Sep 20, 2015

Read this when it was the pick for the Science Friday Book Club. Some retro good fun to be had as it was written in the early 1980s.

Mar 13, 2012

The author follows Data General Corporation's development of a 32-bit minicomputer to compete with Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). An easy read and a nice bit of nostalgia for anyone who has worked with computers since the 80's or longer. There's an interesting debate over the merits of physical hardware vs software solutions which is pertinent to today's hype over virtualization. Note the minor reference that I'm sure contributed to the plot of Good Will Hunting.


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