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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
New York : Basic Books, ©1996
|Material Type:||Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Martin Campbell-Kelly; William Aspray
|ISBN:||0465029892 9780465029891 0465029906 9780465029907|
|Description:||ix, 342 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||Before the computer: When computers were people --
The mechanical office --
Babbage's dream comes true --
Creating the computer: Inventing the computer --
The computer becomes a business machine --
The maturing of the mainframe: the rise and fall of IBM --
Innovation and expansion: Real time: reaping the whirlwind --
New modes of computing --
Getting personal: The shaping of the personal computer --
The shift to software --
From the world brain to the world wide web.
|Series Title:||Sloan technology series.|
|Responsibility:||Martin Campbell-Kelly and William Aspray.|
Most interesting is the story of how the computer began to reshape broad segments of our society when the PC, or personal computer, enabled new modes of computing that liberated people from dependence on room-sized, enormously expensive mainframe computers. Oddly, the established computer companies initially missed the potential of the PC and ignored it, allowing upstart firms such as Apple and Microsoft to become the fastest growing firms of the twentieth century. Filled with lively insights - many about the world of computing in the 1990s, such as the strategy behind Microsoft Windows - as well as a discussion of the rise and creation of the World Wide Web, here is a book no one who owns or uses a computer will want to miss.
- Computers -- History.
- Electronic data processing -- History.
- Ordinateurs -- Histoire.
- Informatique -- Histoire.
- Electronic data processing.
- Informatique - Histoire.
- Ordinateurs - Histoire.
- Computers -- History
- Electronic data processing -- History