It happened more or less by accident; the people who made it happen were amateurs; and for the most part they still are. From his own Silicon Valley garage, author Bob Cringely puts PC bigshots and nerds on the spot, and tells their incredible true stories. Like the industry itself, the series is informative, funny and brash.
ALL 3 VOLUMES ON 1 DVD
VOLUME 1: IMPRESSING THEIR FRIENDS
Bob Cringely, Silicon Valley and some spectacularly successful nerds. Intel. The Altair 8800 and the Homebrew Computer Club. Enter Paul Allen and Bill Gates. The West Coast Computer Fair and hippie culture collides with nerds and hobbyists. Steve Wozniak spawns Apple II. Steve Jobs,at 25, worth $100 million. The imminent arrival of IBM. Computer nerds impressing their friends.
VOLUME 2: RIDING THE BEAR
IBM's decision - "buy not build" PC technology. The tiny software company named Microsoft. Culture shock - the suits meet the nerds. IBM PC hits the American business world. Clones invade the market, and Bill Gates sells to every clone maker, Microsoft and IBM co-operate, compete, and split. IBM launches OS/2 and Microsoft comes up with Windows. Bill Gates wins again.
VOLUME 3: GREAT ARTISTS STEAL
Windows 95 - biggest global product launch ever for a 20-year-old concept. Satellite links, rock 'n' roll and Jay Leno introducing Bill Gates, the richest man in the world. Xerox PARC - the user friendly technology - adopted by Steve Jobs for Macintosh. Jobs fired by the man he hired. Making PCs more friendly with Graphical User Interface. The Internet. Billionaire and millionaire nerds, triumphant!
•BILL GATES Chairman of Microsoft, the richest man in the world.
•STEVE JOBS Hippie co-founder of Apple Computer; CEO of NeXT Computer; and the man who wanted to change the world.
•STEVE WOZNIAK Co-founder of Apple Computer; engineering genius, practical joker.
•ED ROBERTS True inventor of the first long forgotten personal computer; the Altair 8800 - now a doctor.
WRITTEN AND PRESENTED BY: BOB CRINGELY
CAMERA: JOHN BOOTH
SOUND: GENE KOON
EDITOR: MICHAEL DUXBURY
SERIES DIRECTOR: PAUL SEN
SERIES PRODUCERS: JOHN GAU AND STEPHEN SEGALLER
Clip Length: 3 minutes 27 seconds
"Bob Cringley hosts this terrific three-part video history of the computer industry. More than a pedestrian history of the industry, this compelling program contains animated segments, promotional clips, archival footage, and intriguingly honest interview with wealthy industry nerds (Gates, Wozniak, Jobs, etc.). With computers such a pervasive presence in society, this fascinating set holds wide appeal even for computer illiterates."- Booklist