What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143036760
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 652,569
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet 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.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
1 The Prophet and the True Believers 1
2 Augmentation 41
3 Red-Diaper Baby 80
4 Free U 110
5 Dealing Lightning 148
6 Scholars and Barbarians 179
7 Momentum 217
8 Borrowing Fire from the Gods 254
Acknowledgments 289
Notes 291
Bibliography 297
Index 301
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