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Triumph of the Nerds: An Irreverent History of the PC Industry (1996)

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The production of the PBS miniseries Triumph of the Nerds as documented by journalist and self professed gossip columnist Robert Cringely is a campy trek through the personal computer revolution. The 3-hour narrative covered many of the notable characters responsible for the PC's development such as the inventive geeks, aspiring college hackers, social radicals, corporate marketeers, and leading up to the inevitable war of wills to bring about global, political, and economic change.

The miniseries is as much about the personal computer revolution as it is about the one-upmanship ideology of bringing a better mouse trap to market. Piracy is deemed a good thing by the very players that use corporate legal methods to protect themselves from that very end. By means of reverse engineering, misapplications of patent rights, cleverly worded legal disclosure documents, so called "Virgin" engineers and outright theft of intellectual property; it is a sordid affair indeed. The story reads like a checklist in the PDA of Machiavelli's The Prince. It seems that The Prince is alive and well in the 21st Century.

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This is a fun look at the PC industry from a 1996 perspective. It's hilarious and sad at the same time that Cringely doesn't even mention the internet which was by far the most dominant PC topic in those days.