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The soul of a new machine

Author: Tracy Kidder
Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st Back Bay pbk. edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tracy Kidder
ISBN: 0316491977 : 9780316491976
OCLC Number: 44864448
Notes: "Originally published in 1981 by Little Brown and Company"--T.p. verso.
Description: 293 p. ; 21 cm.
Contents: Prologue : A good man in a storm --
1. How to make a lot of money --
2. The wars --
3. Building a team --
4. Wallach's golden moment --
5. Midnight programmer --
6. Flying upside down --
7. La Machine --
8. The wonderful micromachines --
9. A workshop --
10. The case of the missing NAND gate --
11. Shorter than a season --
12. Pinball --
13. Going to the fair --
14. The last crunch --
15. Canards --
16. Dinosaurs --
Epilogue --
Acknowledgments.
Responsibility: Tracy Kidder.

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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."--BOOK JACKET.

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