What the Dormouse Said is the story of the very early days of the computer revolution, and of how the zeitgeist of California in the sixties affected the direction taken by early computing. While there’s been much written about the personal computer industry of the seventies and eighties, the late fifties and early sixties haven’t received all that much attention despite the groundbreaking work done during that era.
John Markoff has done a fantastic research job for What the Dormouse Said, and as usual writes with economy and grace. The problem with What the Dormouse Said is that Markoff covers too much ground—there are so many characters and so many threads in the book that it becomes overwhelming and difficult to follow.
That being said, it’s still very much worth reading if you’re interested in the history of computing.
Posted Saturday, 17 February, 2007 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.