By Paul E. Ceruzzi
This enticing heritage covers glossy computing from the improvement of the 1st digital electronic laptop throughout the dot-com crash. the writer concentrates on 5 key moments of transition: the transformation of the pc within the overdue Nineteen Forties from a really expert medical tool to a advertisement product; the emergence of small structures within the overdue Nineteen Sixties; the start of non-public computing within the Nineteen Seventies; the unfold of networking after 1985; and, in a bankruptcy written for this variation, the interval 1995-2001. the hot fabric specializes in the Microsoft antitrust go well with, the increase and fall of the dot-coms, and the arrival of open resource software program, fairly Linux. in the chronological narrative, the e-book lines a number of overlapping threads: the evolution of the computer's inner layout; the impact of monetary developments and the chilly warfare; the long term position of IBM as a participant and as a objective for upstart marketers; the expansion of software program from a hidden aspect to an enormous personality within the tale of computing; and the ordinary factor of where of knowledge and computing in a democratic society. the focal point is at the usa (though Europe and Japan input the tale at the most important points), on computing in step with se instead of on functions similar to man made intelligence, and on platforms that have been offered commercially and put in in quantities.