Gates: How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented an Industry-And Made Himself the Richest Man in America Hardcover – 1 Jan 1993
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Stephen Manes and Paul Andrews
Stephen Manes has covered the computer industry for more than ten years as a columnist and contributing editor for "PC Magazine, PC/Computing," and "PC Sources." Paul Andrews reports on technology for the "Seattle Times" where he covers Microsoft and writes a weekly column on computers. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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This book seemed to be the obvious one to choose.
Having worked with computers since before both Gates or Jobs, albeit rather less successfully, I was interested to see how my remembrance of the development of personal computers - generic small 'p' and small 'c' - mapped to the books' content.
Having both books on the Kindle, it was an easy matter to identify common points in each book, and compare how they were spun. I think 'spun' is the right word because each book tends to discount the subject of the other book as being of any real importance. The authors of this book went rather overboard to discount the part that Jobs played and in doing so, lost a little credibility, for me.
Having read both, I found the facts in each to be pretty much spot on and I was surprised to find I liked the Bill Gates as portrayed more than I did Steve Jobs.
All in all, I found this book an engrossing read. It was flawed only in its premature end in 1993, with only some short additions to cover the next 20 years. While I appreciate that a full update would have been a huge undertaking, a lot has happened in that 20 years. As the update at the back of the book asks: "so how did Jobs manage it?".
For me, the two stories become reality in what I now see before me. From 1983 to 2010 I used DOS and all versions of Windows, learning to kludge things throughout that time as a natural need to make the systems work effectively. Eventually, the fact that my PCs were always heavily slowed down by the need for copious anti-virus software topped me into switching to Apple. Productivity wise, there's no competition.Read more ›
Seriously, this really is a great book. It's mind-boggling to think of what it took to get all the information contained in it. The book not only gives a complete history of the life of Bill Gates but also contains most of the history of the entire computer industry.
I reccomend this book to anyone who has any interest in computers at all.
Would recommend but just to remind anybody interested that this book is pretty much pre Windows 95 apart from the short update at the end.
However, if you think of computers as a flawed, though useful tool that you want to use, that you want to work for the task at hand and do not care to coax it through innumerable design flaws and bugs, that kind of ga-ga view is as preposterous as it is specious. I found reading this a dreary task of wending my way though a proliferation of silly adjectives and presumptions about the significance of what was being achieved. Don't get me wrong, I love my computer and its instant info access (particularly as a writer), but I do not equate it with anything as significant as the invention of movable type. If you never felt like a god while programming a hobbyist computer or shared kid geeks' excitment at telephoning a mainframe in the late 1960s - what these first programmers were achieving is never even explained, as the book assumes the reader should know - this gets pretty tedious after a few hundred pages of pure hyperbole. Unbelievable as it may seem, there are those of us who want their computers to work as reliably and simply as toasters (as an acquaintence, who is an employee at MS, characterised me).
That tone aside, you get a fairly good idea of how Gates did what he did up until the early 1990s.Read more ›
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Two pages per night is just about all you will manage before falling asleep. This isn't the story of Microsoft and Bill Gates, it's a sleeping aid - tedious techno babble of the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you are 50ish enjoyed electronics and computer clubs...... Understand MS DOS.... You will love this book.....Published 19 months ago by RONNIE REDBRIDGE
This should be read in conjunction with Hard Drive; it is a good book and explores Bill Gates from another angle.Published on 25 Jan. 2014 by Amazon Customer
Was more interested in his business deals than with the minutiae of computers. But that's just me, not the book.
Still a good read however.
The book was well written, informative and unbiased. However, it had too many characters and too many jumps across the space time continuum. Read morePublished on 23 Aug. 1999