Series: Princeton Legacy Library
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Princeton University Press; With a New preface by the author edition (February 8, 1993)
Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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As a graduate instructor for technology courseware I was please to find such a good resource for the history of the computer industry. This is a great resource for those in the industry who wish to learn more about the early evolution of computers. It also captures the length that our society has used computers and puts a framework around what people "think" is a 10 - 20 year old industry. It definately should be a part of anyone's library who has a role in the computer industry and wishes to understand the past and how it relates to the future.
Disappointed in Princeton's press with this one. The editor should have corralled it down to about 1/4 of this length. Sweeping generalizations about business practices and mind-numbing quantities of sales figures from a century ago. Reasonably good descriptions of the old styles of machines, and great photographs, but this book drones on and on, and barely touches on either the electromechanical technologies or the business use cases in question. A more representative title would be: "Ruminations on American Office Equipment Firms".
Happy with purchase I am interested in a part of the history of it. I am not an avid reader but overall it is good
This book is looking good in the history of the computer industry and the companies that role in the industry