Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Early history of the infotech industry - Triumph of the Nerds

From the first affordable microcomputer (MITS Altair 8800), to the Homebrew Computer Club in Stanford University, to IBM and Microsoft's deals and struggles, to Netscape and the beginning of the web just before the 21st century. I almost forgot the documentary's name when someone asked me about the history between IBM and Microsoft today. So I figured, I should write this down.

It is not a computer science lecture, but interestingly, it tells me more about how far the infotech industry has come - CPUs, compilers, operating systems, networking, 3D graphics, artificial intelligence; accounting packages, customer relationship management systems (CRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP), electronic communication network (ECN), quant funds, Google... it all started from people playing with boxes without keyboards, monitors or even printers. The substance behind the tech IPO crazies, tech bubbles, and Web 2.0, is not just hard work. Simply working hard cannot do these.

"Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water, or do you want a chance to change the world?"

And Apple's 1984 advertisement... it may look like just another annoying advertisement in the eyes of the public. But for anyone who's read George Orwell, he knows whoever behind the advertisement, has a far greater goal than just earning money.

It would be a damned shame if I ever forget about these things.

Episode 1, Part 1
Episode 1, Part 2
Episode 1, Part 3
Episode 1, Part 4
Episode 1, Part 5
Episode 1, Part 6

Episode 2, Part 1
Episode 2, Part 2
Episode 2, Part 3
Episode 2, Part 4
Episode 2, Part 5
Episode 2, Part 6

Episode 3, Part 1
Episode 3, Part 2
Episode 3, Part 3
Episode 3, Part 4
Episode 3, Part 5
Episode 3, Part 6

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