Most histories of the personal computer industry focus on technology or business. John Markoff’s landmark book is about the culture and consciousness behind the first PCs - the culture being counter- and the consciousness expanded, sometimes chemically. It’s a brilliant evocation of Stanford, California, in the 1960s and ’70s, where a group of visionaries set out to turn computers into a means for freeing minds and information. In these pages one encounters Ken Kesey and the phone hacker Cap’n Crunch, est and LSD, The Whole Earth Catalog and the Homebrew Computer Lab.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 291-299) and index.
The prophet and the true believers -- Augmentation -- Red-diaper baby -- Free U -- Dealing lightning -- Scholars and barbarians -- Momentum -- Borrowing fire from the gods.