Revolution in The Valley [Paperback]

Book description

There was a time, not too long ago, when the typewriter and notebook ruled, and the computer as an everyday tool was simply a vision. Revolution in the Valley traces this vision back to its earliest roots: the hallways and backrooms of Apple, where the groundbreaking Macintosh computer was born. The book traces the development of the Macintosh, from its inception as an underground skunkworks project in 1979 to its triumphant introduction in 1984 and beyond. The stories in Revolution in the Valley come on extremely good authority. That's because author Andy Hertzfeld was a core member of the team that built the Macintosh system software, and a key creator of the Mac's radically new user interface software. One of the chosen few who worked with the mercurial Steve Jobs, you might call him the ultimate insider. When Revolution in the Valley begins, Hertzfeld is working on Apple's first attempt at a low-cost, consumer-oriented computer: the Apple II. He sees that Steve Jobs is luring some of the company's most brilliant innovators to work on a tiny research effort the Macintosh. Hertzfeld manages to make his way onto the Macintosh research team, and the rest is history. Through lavish illustrations, period photos (many never before published), and Hertzfeld's vivid first-hand accounts, Revolution in the Valley reveals what it was like to be there at the birth of the personal computer revolution. The story comes to life through the book's portrait of the talented and often eccentric characters who made up the Macintosh team. Now, over 20 years later, millions of people are benefiting from the technical achievements of this determined and brilliant group of people.

Table of contents

  1. cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication Page
  5. Contents
  6. Foreword
  7. Introduction
  8. Cast of Characters
  9. part one
    1. I’ll Be Your Best Friend
    2. We’ll See About That
    3. “I Invented Burrell”
    4. Scrooge McDuck
    5. It’s the Moustache that Matters
    6. Good Earth
    7. Black Wednesday
  10. part two
    1. Reality Distortion Field
    2. Texaco Towers
    3. More Like A Porsche
    5. Early Demos
    6. Bicycle
    7. A Message for Adam
    8. PC Board Esthetics
    9. Pineapple Pizza
    10. Round Rects Are Everywhere!
    11. Apple II Mouse Card
    12. Diagnostic Port
    13. Shut Up!
    14. Donkey
    15. Desk Ornaments
    16. I Don’t Have a Computer!
    17. Hungarian
    18. Calculator Construction Set
    19. –2000 Lines of Code
    20. Mister Macintosh
    21. Signing Party
    22. And Another Thing...
    23. Rosing’s Rascals
    24. Gobble, Gobble, Gobble
    25. Software Wizard
    26. US Festival
  11. part three
    1. And Then He Discovered Loops!
    2. busy being born
    3. I Still Remember Regions
    4. You Can’t Fire Bruce!
    5. Alice
    6. Do It
    7. Inside Macintosh
    8. Creative Think
    9. Resource Manager Countdown
    10. You Guys Are in Big Trouble
    11. Five Different Macintoshes
    12. Boot Beep
    13. Sound by Monday
    14. The Little Kingdom
    15. What’s a Megaflop?
    16. Credit Where Due
    17. Too Big for My Britches
    18. Steve Icon
    19. Bouncing Pepsis
    20. Swedish Campground
    21. busy being born, part 2
    22. Quick, Hide in This Closet!
    23. Saving Lives
    24. Stolen from Apple
    25. World Class Cities
    26. Pirate Flag
    27. Make a Mess, Clean It Up!
    28. MacPaint Evolution
  12. part four
    1. Steve Wozniak University
    2. The Mythical Man-Year
    3. 1984
    4. Monkey Lives
    5. Puzzle
    6. We’re Not Hackers!
    7. A Rich Neighbor Named Xerox
    8. Price Fight
    9. 90 Hours a Week and loving it
    10. MacPaint Gallery
    11. Steve Capps Day
    12. A Mac for Mick
    13. Real Artists Ship
    14. Disk Swapper’s Elbow
    15. It Sure Is Great to Get Out of That Bag!
    16. The Times They Are A-Changin’
  13. part five
    1. Can We Keep the Skies Safe?
    2. Leave of Absence
    3. Spoiled?
    4. Thunderscan
    5. Switcher
    6. Handicapped
    7. Are You Gonna Do It?
    8. MacBASIC
    9. Mea Culpa
    10. Things Are Better than Ever
    11. The End of an Era
    12. The Father of the Macintosh
    13. Epilogue: The Macintosh Spirit
  14. How the Book Came to Be
  15. Afterword for the New Edition
  16. Acknowledgments
  17. Photo Credits
  18. Index

Product information

  • Title: Revolution in The Valley [Paperback]
  • Author(s):
  • Release date: December 2004
  • Publisher(s): O'Reilly Media, Inc.
  • ISBN: 9780596007195