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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 Robert X. Cringely ... Himself (host / interviewer)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Douglas Adams ... Himself (author)
Sam Albert Sam Albert ... Himself (former IBM executive)
Paul G. Allen ... Himself (co-founder, Microsoft)
Bill Atkinson Bill Atkinson ... Himself (designer, Macintosh Development Team)
Steve Ballmer ... Himself (vice-president, Microsoft)
Dan Bricklin Dan Bricklin ... Himself (VisiCalc inventor)
David Bunnell David Bunnell ... Himself (founder, PC World and Macworld magazines)
Rod Canion 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 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

Himself (author): A nerd is a person who uses the telephone to talk to other people about telephones. And therefore a computer nerd is somebody who uses a computer in order to use a computer.
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Connections

Featured in De wereld draait door: Episode #7.46 (2011) See more »

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Great series with all the big names from the industry
28 September 2017 | by MiekjeSee all my reviews

I found these clips on YouTube, it's a 3-part documentary about the rise of computers/internet from about 1976 to 1996. Definitely worth seeing if you're from this era and still want to know more about it. All the great names pass by, like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, etc... The documentary is made by Robert Cringely, a sort of "insider" to the whole booming of silicon valley. He deliver's a lot of accurate information, in my opinion, with a bit of humor here and there. So it's also fun to watch as well. And seeing as computers and the internet are the best things to come along since sliced bread, this is a MUST SEE! ;-)


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