Accidental Empires: How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions, Battle Foreign Competition, and Still Can't Get a Date

Robert X. Cringely, Author
Robert X. Cringely, Author Addison Wesley Publishing Company $19.9 (0p) ISBN 978-0-201-57032-8
Reviewed on: 02/03/1992
Release date: 02/01/1992
Paperback - 336 pages - 978-0-88730-621-1
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Rich in relevant, entertaining digressions, this breezy but informative history recounts how gifted, maverick ``nerds,'' ``hippies'' and entrepreneurs like Apple's Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs invented and developed microprocessors and operating systems into today's volatile, ego-driven, highly competitive personal computer industry, in which ever-changing technical standards propel the market. Info World columnist Cringley charges that the astronomical sales of PCs ($70-billion worldwide in 1990) ``both created the longest continuous peacetime economic expansion in U.S. history and ended it.'' While current dominance by IBM spurs competitors to further research and networking, the author predicts that by the year 2000 single chips will render today's PCs obsolete and that of American technology only software will survive. ( Feb. )
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