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12 June 1996 (USA) See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Robert X. Cringely ... Himself (host / interviewer)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Douglas Adams ... Himself (author)
Sam Albert ... Himself (former IBM executive)

Paul G. Allen ... Himself (co-founder, Microsoft)
Bill Atkinson ... Himself (designer, Macintosh Development Team)
Steve Ballmer ... 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)

Larry Ellison ... Himself (founder and president, Oracle)
Chris Espinosa ... Himself (manager, Media Tools, Apple)
Gordon Eubanks ... Himself (former head of language research, Digital Research)
Lee Felsenstein ... Himself
Bob Frankston ... Himself (VisiCalc programmer)

Bill Gates ... Himself (co-founder, Microsoft)
Adele Goldberg ... Herself (former Xerox PARC researcher; founder, PARC Place Systems)
Marv Goldschmitt ... Himself
Andy Hertzfeld ... Himself (designer, Macintosh Development Team)

Steve Jobs ... Himself (co-founder, Apple Computer)
Gary Kildall ... Himself (founder, Digital Research)
Joe Krause ... Himself (president, Architext Software)
Bill Lowe ... Himself (Head, IBM PC Development Team 1980)
Roger Melen ... Himself
Bob Metcalfe ... Himself (former Xerox PARC researcher; founder, 3Com)
Gordon Moore ... Himself (co-founder, Intel)
Dana Muise ... Himself (founder, Hypnovista)
Doug Muise ... Himself (software designer)
Bill Murto ... Himself (co-founder, Compaq)
Tim Patterson ... Himself (programmer)
Vern Raburn ... Himself (former vice-president, Microsoft; president, The Paul Allen Group)
Jeff Raikes ... Himself (vice-president, Microsoft)
Jean Richardson ... Herself (former VP, corporate communications, Microsoft)
Ed Roberts ... Himself (founder, MITS)
Arthur Rock ... Himself (venture capitalist)
Jack Sams ... Himself (former IBM executive)
John Sculley ... Himself (president, Apple Computer, 1983-1993)
Rich Seidner ... Himself (former IBM programmer)
Charles Simonyi ... Himself (chief programmer, Microsoft)
Sparky Sparks ... Himself (former IBM executive)
Claude Stern ... Himself (Silicon Valley attorney)
Bob Taylor ... Himself (former head of computer science lab, Xerox PARC)

Larry Tesler ... Himself (former Xerox PARC researcher; chief scientist, Apple Computer)
Mark Van Haren ... Himself (programmer, Architext Software)
John E. Warnock ... Himself (as John Warnock)
Jim Warren ... Himself (founder, West Coast Computer Faire 1978)

Steve Wozniak ... Himself (co-founder, Apple Computer)

Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert X. Cringely  book "Accidental Empires"
Robert X. Cringely  screenplay

Sound Department
Gene Koon .... sound mixer

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Also Known As:
"The Triumph of the Nerds" - USA (short title)
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Anachronisms: 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 »
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.See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Excellent Documentary, 7 January 2001
Author: Preetam Rai ( from Singapore

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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