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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 ...
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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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Steve Jobs: The problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste. They have absolutely no taste, and what that means is, and I don't mean that in a small way, I mean that in a big way.
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The definitive TV documentary of the personal computer....
23 July 1999 | by (California, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Journalist Robert Cringley's 3-hour saga of the personal computer is a sprawling, gutsy masterpiece that tells it like it is, presenting for viewer approval(or disapproval)the characters, places and anecdotes that are part of the birth, growing pains and refinement of "that damn box", as some folks might call it. It's all there: software, hardware, geeks, nerds, money, power, ambition, hunger, anxiety. Highly recommended viewing, without a doubt.


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