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James S Good

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  • Dealers of Lightning

  • Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age
  • By: Michael Hiltzik
  • Narrated by: Forrest Sawyer
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

The riveting story of the legendary Xerox PARC, a collection of eccentric young inventors brought together by Xerox Corporation at a facility in Palo Alto, California, during the mind-blowing intellectual ferment of the '70s and '80s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio quality is bad, story is awe inducing

  • By David Phillips on 01-14-15

Interesting but a bit tedious

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-09

This book provides a great history lesson in technology, however, its main focus is on the individuals that developed the technology, not the technology itself. It can be pretty tedious to listen to, but there is some good suff in there if you can hang in there.

It is absolutely amazing how many modern technologies spawned from the developments made by the visionaries at PARC such as the computer mouse, the GUI interface, ethernet, the laser printer, etc. Its even more amazing that Xerox capitalized on virtualy none of these inventions.

In the interest of full disclosure, I had a unique interest in this book due to the fact that have been a Xerox employee for over a decade, and have actualy had the opportunity to visit PARC (long after its inovative heyday of course).

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