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The Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires (1996)

Three part documentary that shows the insight look at the history of computers, from its rise in the 1970s to the beginning of the Dot-com boom of the late 1990s.

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Robert X. Cringely ...
Himself (host / interviewer)
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Sam Albert ...
Himself (former IBM executive)
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Himself (co-founder, Microsoft)
Bill Atkinson ...
Himself (designer, Macintosh Development Team)
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Himself (vice-president, Microsoft)
Dan Bricklin ...
Himself (VisiCalc inventor)
David Bunnell ...
Himself (founder, PC World and Macworld magazines)
Rod Canion ...
Himself (co-founder, Compaq)
Jim Cannavino ...
Himself (former head, PC division, IBM)
Christine Comaford ...
Herself (CEO, Corporate Computing International)
Eddy Curry ...
Himself
Esther Dyson ...
Herself (computer industry analyst)
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Himself (founder and president, Oracle)
Chris Espinosa ...
Himself (manager, Media Tools, Apple)
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Three part documentary that shows the insight look at the history of computers, from its rise in the 1970s to the beginning of the Dot-com boom of the late 1990s.

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Part 1 refers to the First West Coast Computer Faire where the Apple II was introduced. The Faire was in April 1977, not 1978. See more »

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Robert X. Cringely - Host: First, they dump the idea of 9 to 5. In this industry, you can work any 80 hours per week you like.
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Followed by Nerds 2.0.1: A Brief History of the Internet (1998) See more »

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Excellent Documentary
7 January 2001 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

Cringly does an excellent job of keeping one interested with humorous anecdotes and trivia. It must have been quite a task getting these innovators on camera. Cringly should come up with an update. It will be interesting to see his take on Netscape, Napster and scam IPOs.


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