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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 (book), Robert X. Cringely (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
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 Jim Cannavino ... Himself (former head, PC division, IBM)
Christine Comaford Christine Comaford ... Herself (CEO, Corporate Computing International)
Eddy Curry Eddy Curry ... Himself
Esther Dyson ... Herself (computer industry analyst)
Larry Ellison ... Himself (founder and president, Oracle)
Chris Espinosa 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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Official Sites:

PBS: Triumph of the Nerds

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Triumph of the Nerds See more »

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Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Connections

Spin-off Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview (2012) See more »

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The definitive TV documentary of the personal computer....
23 July 1999 | by nycovom1See 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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