- Paperback: 412 pages
- Publisher: TV Books,US (31 Oct. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1575000881
- ISBN-13: 978-1575000886
- Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,272,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Nerds 2.0.1: A Brief History of the Internet Paperback – 31 Oct 1999
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Nerds 2.0.1: A Brief History of the Internet presents the development of the Web as a product of colliding, dualistic forces: the individuality of the personal computer and the universality of a global network. Along the way, other complementary opposites arise, such as the intersection of the "computer lib" hippie hacker and the IBM or Pentagon bureaucrat. The biographies of these visionaries, and the magnificent changes their ideas induced, make Nerds 2.0.1 compelling reading.
Nerds 2.0.1 is a unique computer history book, in that it is really a history of networking. Author Stephen Segaller covers all the current heavy hitters of the technology industry in depth: Novell, 3Com, and Cisco. In particular, the story of the creation of Cisco--and the ousting of the original founders by the sponsoring venture capitalist--shows the high-level stakes and intrigue this billionaire world holds. Segaller also chronicles the failures of companies who didn't realise what their programmers had made available to them. IBM, Xerox, and, some would say, Microsoft are big players in this part of Segaller's tale.
The author puts technological developments in a helpful context: the infamous 100-hour Silicon Valley workweek, the "dog-year" life span of an Internet start-up, and the managerial shufflings of a sponsoring venture capitalist firm all make sense in the world he describes. --Jennifer Buckendorff, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A companion book to the PBS television series chronicles the thirty-year development of the Internet from its beginnings as a cold war effort to build a network of government computers in order to save money.
Top Customer Reviews
I'll be honest: I started reading the book, found the early chapters heavy going and put it down several times in favour of other books. However, once I got into the meat of the book I found it very interesting, telling the personal stories of a number of people who were instrumental in various phases of how we come to be where we are today in the popular world of computing.
Several of the stories told in the book were unknown to me; others filled in little details of which I was not aware; and others still were news to me. The net result is that I close the book being better informed than I was previously.
I feel that the book manages to blend details and anecdotes to good effect and results in an overall entertaining read.
Whether you are a Microsoft-basher or not, whether you think the Altair or VisiCalc really warrant inclusion in a discussion about the Internet, there is no denying they each have their place in the long, winding story that brings us to where we are today, and consequently they have a valid place in this book.
Perhaps Nerds 2.0.2 will include all those missing details which other reviewers have highlighted. ;o)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As noted in previous reviews, the book covers American computer/networking history moreso than the Internet proper. Read morePublished on 10 Jun. 1999
I generally enjoy computer history books because they usually are fun to read and (like any good history book) there is a lot learn. Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 1999
I love history (Internet/Computer especially) this book present many of the little things that we are not aware of or not many people know since the ARPAnet til' Cisco and... Read morePublished on 21 Dec. 1998