Dealers Of Lighting, Michael H


“Dealers of Lightning” the legendary story of Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Written by Los Angeles Times corespondent, Michael Hiltzik. The Book brings together moments behind the research labs trailblazing technological achievements. Hiltzik also gives you vast amounts of insight and information about such people as Jack Goldman, Xerox chief scientists who convinced the corporation to sink tens of millions of dollars into PARC, while acknowledging that it may never pay off; Alan Kay PARC’s philosophical soul, who was ridiculed for many years envisioning a computer that could be tucked under the arm yet would contain the power to store books, letters, ...

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changing that. A psychologist, rather than an engineer, Taylor’s vision of the computer as a communications device proved to be a revolutionary idea. He found his chance to realize it when Xerox’s chief scientist Jacob Goldman persuaded his superiors to launch a basic research facility along the line of AT&T’s famed Bell Labs. Xerox management, more interested in marketable products than in pure science, nearly killed the center before it opened. But Taylor gradually built his team of young computer hotshots, and the innovations flowed: mouse, Ethernet, even the term “Personal Computer”. By 1973, a team led by Chuck Thacker had created Alto, a computer small enough to fit under a desk. The first program of the so-called “Alto” displayed an animated graphic as a test of the user interface: Cookie Monster, from Sesame Street. Two years later, Xerox was selling a mail-order computer kit called Altair 8800, which inspired young hobbyist such ...

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