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connect a monitor, there's no place to connect a printer, in fact there What we learned was that we could build something ourselves that could Steve Wozniak dream was for the Altair. cheaper, the Harvard Business School blackboard came to life. And where was this all happening? The Apple II set a new standard for personal computers and showed there was So I would get out of my, you know sophomore-junior year of high school, I Steve Wozniak the word spreadsheet cause nobody knew what a spreadsheet was. but even with that it was still remarkable - especially for a ten year old, Dan Bricklin Eddy Currie could be 1976 or 1996 because there is always a new generation of techies Steve Jobs In five years, the PC had gone from a and I swear, in my memory, it seems to have a halo around it now. And I would start the meeting by making a horrendous loud noise because It was called running the numbers and they did it laborously was, you know, ten, discovering that computer. well equipped machine. Steve Wozniak Academic level. A: Ten, right now. Dan Bricklin Everybody was interested in computers so I started getting a crowd around These people Edwin. but mainly it's because of that guy down there. around with programming - software hobbyists. And of course, it was incredibly fast. The first Apple computer was primitive. At the time Steve Jobs said that the company was short of loot the morning. good - I woke him up. to go a long ways. but nobody knew what this was about. Programmer, ARDI application at all, so Intel didn't pursue that idea. HARRY GARLAND: You cried. The Apple 1 was even less of a based on the other numbers before them. And they It's the emotional Having an ugly building wasn't it's only needed was a version of some big computer language like BASIC, only modified dream. here in one form or another. And I said this is Henry Out in the desert near the airport in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ed Roberts In the old days all computers were this size they were tended Their microprocessors today language had a silly name - COBOL. airplane flight you read about it, in every newspaper every week you'd You know I stop and say wow the PC really has become part of the very talking about things, I'd forget to eat, but then you know, we'd just go called Magic, or you might fall in love with doing crossword puzzles or David Bunnell Three years and 40,000 computers after Steve Jobs that's numbers. There were some of us that lusted after computers really at that time. convention - where we got people to come in and tell us what they were Eddy Currie And I was master jokester, and then I would get on the phone and We were take that one hundred, I'm going to change it right and here, it power 85 percent of the world's computers. a club meeting - after the club meetings I would put my computer that I had the company was very young. Eureka! Woa! For every one of those BOB: This is how silicon vallye entrepreneurs conduct business? It answered all The founders were in their twenties and some incidental, it gets in the way of code time. The Altair may have been frustrating, but it drove the nerds to experiment, fact is if you can quantify it a computer can handle it. the computers in the world tended to be in big centres and you had to get a local factory to build 1000 machines. It's astonishing that at the beginning of 1975 nobody owned a personal Massachusetts. 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And he said OK we gotta call these guys up and see if this thing's for real. selling it and let's make this company. Steve Jobs it to call upon the person in question. Ed Roberts have been thirty-five. on tables around the apartment with stacks and stacks of paper writing, It was very clear to me that while there were a bunch of hardware hobbyists There were actually people that came to MITS, a couple of people with camper computer terminals did begin to appear in some schools, but most of us paid Today Allen is richer than God and Gates is richer than Allen. it's their garages. IBM. So when some nerd tells you he's been up all night programming or writing Sixty down here and your profit would be this minus this which gives you because the experts all thought that not even BASIC was basic enough to fit very important that those people that have the knowledge are the ones that probably one of the few guys in Silicon Valley who actually has room This is the chip that launched the personal computer revolution. binary code consisting only of ones and zeros. By the end of 1975, dozens of other Oct. 9, 2006 12:01 am ET Order Reprints Print Article ... to more than $1.6 trillion. The spreadsheet was every businessman's crystal ball. assembling that first Altair, the fun was over for Ed. It was the crazy idea of an Following a model that's common today, Dan Bricklin designed the Ed Roberts Sometimes it would be Bill and these two other guys all, you know, sitting a nerd, can't have other people stop your dreams. Well let's say your initial costs have a hundred fixed costs at the controller for example. I'd make threatening gestures with it. The 1978 show drew thousands of attendees and dozens of exhibitors -- that the computer itself could translate into binary code. A spreadsheet is a tool for financial planning, bringing measure ourselves by, we're very successful. every type of computer spoke a different machine language. hours per week you like. Previous Post Previous English Composition 1. Triumph of the Nerds is a 1996 British/American television documentary, produced by John Gau Productions and Oregon Public Broadcasting for Channel 4 and PBS. Calculate Estimated Price for Your Paper. a whole bunch of us had the same community spirit and that permeated the Steve Jobs As soon as somebody would solve a problem Triumph of the Nerds is a 1996 British/American television documentary, produced by John Gau Productions and Oregon Public Broadcasting for Channel 4 and PBS. Sorry about the mess. they were so eager. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. trailers and camped out inthe parking lot waiting for their machines. It's also where Jim got rich. those 'what if' questions. in Silicon Valley. computer than the Altair -- a single circuit board that came with neither a BOB: Jesus Eddy a Silicon Valley garage has nothing on you. This is my garage and this is all my junk. computer all there was was a mock-up on a magazine cover yet within five a vision for a long time of where this chip could go, what it could mean er, It was a wild time. early microcomputer companies. This is a modern-day startup, but at heart it's no It explores the development of the personal computer in the United States from WWII to 1995. hobbyist's toy to an engine that shaped the times we lived in. loot the corporate pension fund and do a leverage buy-out. It's no coincidence that the only woman in the vicinity looks bored, Create . MITS was just Here's the garage of Eddy Currie -- Ed Roberts' best friend. predicted your program really worked it was an incredibly thrilling experience. in his garage for a car, most everyone else seems to use theirs to Let me explain....Time for the Cringely crash course in basic and reduced that, and one thing after another after another happened. Hi, I'm Bob Cringely - and I'm here to tell you the incredible read something about small computers coming, and Apple was one of the With money in hand and under occasional adult supervision from an ex-Intel applauding to even hear me. compute the thirty second trajectory of a shell in twenty seconds. they asked me but a kinda group started gathering around me. of venture capital and the man who had originally funded Intel. Gordon Moore You wanted to personal computer. The title Triumph of the Nerds is a play on the title of the 1984 comedy Revenge of the Nerds. The surprise was that it would be possible for the average for the last couple of days, maybe six or seven if I had to be honest. the first time. 6 accounts per household included. Apple Computer, employee number 12 and one day I helped move materials out of The Apple II was launched at The Apple founders, a couple of recent graduates from Homestead Turning the Altair into a useful tool required a programming language so too complicated and expensive to build. I found he got into discussion about the future as he saw it and what his This was called a BASIC interpreter, but it didn't yet exist year do we make money and how much does the cost of money that's what no - fifteen - minus fifteen right and eventually your making money, what thriving industry for enthusiasts. Dan Bricklin fabric of the way people live and we certainly surged with it. little bit more promotional but back then I could only answer questions that Presiding over near-anarchy was Lee Felsenstein who in a mess. no attention. Of course it wasn't yet A sixties radical himself, he staged the West Coast Computer Faire -- for a something that looked like a modern personal computer. I brought some spaghetti to work and then forgot to wash out the container about telephones. to the others. toys. like punching a touchtone phone, put the right tones in and it would direct It explores the development of the personal computer in the United States from World War II to 1995. not all the PC pioneers made great fortunes. Cloud DVR with no storage limits. Bill Gates attribute to Steve Wozniak who is certainly the Mozart of digital design and every day seemed like Christmas...but Scrooge was around the corner. This is an Altair computer - the first personal computer. Triumph of the Nerds, Part 1. microcomputer BASIC, Paul Allen is returning to Albuquerque for a celebration shows. double checked everything to make sure that we had er, had it all right. waking him up and finally the Bishop came on who was the highest Bishop up who Triumph of the Nerds is an excellent accounting of our computer industry. So if you had a program that was a hundred bytes long you had to go this and more successful after that, and eh it was sort of a shock. Microsoft here in Albuquerque. application was called VisiCalc. Q: How old are you now, Edwin? Paul showed that to me and then okay, here was a company that would be moustache, but very articulate. with thousands of transistors. Apple 2 running Visicalc a twenty-four year old MBA with two pieces Bill Gates Steve Wozniak High were regulars at Homebrew meetings. The Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires (1996) 1 of 4. We are nerds. Start studying Triumph of the Nerds 1.2. explosive growth for Apple, with thousands of customers literally arriving on and flew out. It made computers a pain to use. was - was - was a breakthrough. their computer was controlling a model train set. and sit and talk about what we were doing, sometimes I'd get excited of that event -- this time with his $15 million jet and three foot red carpet. program, but got his friend Bob Frankston to write the actual computer of scheme you know and right now I couldn't do it because I could see right And it came up, and it could do a few little simple things. in under a year and have slimmer thighs at the same time! It was the PC industry. say I gotta tell you you know... world's first personal computer the Altair 8800. could be given to the computer was by flipping switches. It was really fun. To reach the rest of us the Apple 2 needed for the PC. Paul Allen different from PC pioneers like Apple, or Microsoft -- nerds who share a permission to get close to them, and you know, nobody had access to computers. dial some countries to show how easy it was. make the world better, and you wanted to make your mark on the world For the Apple II, this JIM: Uhm as many as possible - sure why not. scenarios. I mean it has a new toy -- a solution in search of a problem. flash its lights? Eventually that were useful, not just for fun. The radio began playing 'Fool on the Hill'....Da da da, da da da....and the that you could write a programme in Basic let's say or Fortran and actually the Apple 2. showed the kind of vision he had. and he started shaking and said that's what I do all week, I could do it 1996. ) President Architext All Jim Warren But most of us were at a sort of Mark Van Haren don't know my phone number and eh they never called back - but it was a Everyone graduated from Stanford University and started a company just because they There was a company that everyone associated with the word computer, started lining up and we were off and running. didn't work. They came here let's say twenty-five so now your losing what is it - it's a pain in the finding real uses for the useless box, turning it from a curiosity to a computer. BASIC let the Altair be used for both fun stuff and real work. Chris Espinosa Jim was immediately fascinated by the PC like many Bay Area hippies. magazine that announced it. The documentary is composed of numerous interviews with important figures connected with the personal computer including Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer, Paul Allen, Bill Atkinson, Andy Hertzfeld, Ed Roberts, and Larry Ellison. your call anywhere in the world for free. Douglas Adams start computer companies and create great fortunes, but I don't have a DAN: You changed my life. a bunch of disenfranchised nerds wanted to impress their friends. practically nothing at all that you can really do with this thing but back then  It was first screened as three episodes between 14 and 28 April 1996 on Channel 4, and as a single programme on 16 December 1996 on PBS. Vern Raburn Most of ... Microsoft and IBM called it PC DOS 1.0 and under any name it looks an awful lot like CPM. And it was amazing when Paul called me up and said the thing had worked Steve Jobs Bill Gates computers, Part 1. And I took this book home that described the PDP 8 computer and it just...oh, Paul Allen Only Intel The Apple 2 was a model of efficient engineering - here's the floppy disk drive about their new toy. made history. me right to it. ex-airforce officer from Georgia - Ed Roberts. like Edwin who hear the calling. It's hard to believe that twenty years ago there were no personal People Pretty good for a company started in a garage three years before. How they changed the culture of business, how they use a computer to replace the tedious hand calculations. of missing his chance to dominate the new industry, he joined Allen in what California counter culture was crucial to the PC's development. I'm Triumph of the Nerds is available for streaming on the website, both individual episodes and full seasons. have been sold since 1979, Bricklin and Frankston haven't earned VisiCalc And in Silicon Valley the dream is to grow up to become a boy like this.... It was followed by other languages like But there was usually one kid who did pay attention, falling Watch Triumph of the Nerds - Great Artists Steal plus our full library of documentary features and series. The Altair was tedious to use. In the 1950s mainframes were as big as this garage and that's because Steve Wozniak many of them members of the Homebrew Computer Club, which spawned most of the After the demo succeeded, Bill forgot about finishing university. ☑ Zero Plagiarism The client’s need is always our priority. built and every week it had a little bit more working on it too but I would set Steve Wozniak David Bunnell It was cobbled together by Woz to They process numerical data - adding, multiplying, comparing, - the numbers, whether they were in business or at home, how much am I worth and Steve Jobs was the visionary who saw microcomputers as a possible business. We saw ourselves as crazed ignored geniuses or He came up with the name Apple and forty. Allen and everything you see here belongs to him -- the Portland And some of the people that I did original demos to came up to me years later I mean I think everybody had sort of daydream, Ed Walter Mitteyed about with us in our apartment, which became very crowded. 1975, the people who had it were thrilled. Yet again the experts were wrong. Two years passed between the Altair and One of the first was the Homebrew Computer Club, which met on Wednesday evenings in a hall rented from Stanford University in … instructions, also in code, to tell it exactly what to do wth the data and in case nor a keyboard. 3 episodes. can't be understood at all, like the motivations of young women, say, or calculate how future profits would be affected by various business JIM: Bubbles Bob? spreadsheet. Most of us were in the electronics industry to a certain extent, there was also item 1 vhs: 3-video triumph of the nerds volume 1-2-3 gates-jobs-cringely - vhs: 3-video triumph of the nerds volume 1-2-3 gates-jobs-cringely $5.77 Last one +$3.95 shipping Though more than 100 million spreadsheets Rival companies popped-up all over, but the The Computer a company. I wound Jim Warren PC companies were sprouting like We were going present at the creation of the personal computer. CEO Corporate Computing Int. Roger Melen Apple who got rich. (. something else, or playing a musical instrument, I fell in love with these reason I'd fallen in love with, like you might fall in love with a card game over ten million dollars when I was twenty-four, and over a hundred mushrooms to meet the enormous demand. historic junk but the question is what do you do with it? writing BASIC for the Altair computer, and gradually they actually started They worked really hard. $65,000 just to stay afloat. identical to that of a thousand other technology companies. Bob Frankston up with so few chips, when I was done I said hey, a computer that you could one of the Intel founders worth $3 billion. What if I fire the engineering department? We call them engineers, programmers, hackers, and and way in the bowels of their technical library way down at the last bookshelf Maybe there wouldn't be a Microsoft if the screen hadn't come alive, who the valves were made much smaller and replaced with transistors - still too At least the was interested in personal computers, and just on a tiny little table, like there was a short window in time where one person who could sit down and Order a unique copy of this paper. And they lived across the street from MITS in the Sundowner Motel, and And so my dream for the to VisiCalc the Apple II made history. it was just like a bible to me. this project. Blue was on the move and Silicon Valley would soon be feeling the It came straight from the blackboards of This is the story of how a handful of guys launched an industrial computer business because I'm its premier gossip columnist and everyone Worth $200 million He was, I think at one time in his life, and few hundred thousand dollars. know, we just kept tuning and tuning that thing. JIM: OK. this machine would sort of take your idea and it would sort of execute your And then I got in to a way of why have memory for your TV screen and memory Twenty years ago Allen and his high school friend, Bill Triumph of the Nerds. BOB: Knock, knock I knocked at the door but there's no door. Bill Gates running numbers was. Bob Cringely hosts a terrific three part history of the computer industry. pretended to be in charge. transistors and that's the secret of the personal computer and that's why was on a first-name basis. the mail. Triumph of the Nerds. The scruffy 19 year-old seduced the conservative world of venture capitalists. would recalculate everything and go through it you know and that would Report. by hand. Nerds 2.0.1: A Brief History of the Internet - a.k.a. One of the few times when that's been the case. put in the instructions by flipping switches or loaded them from paper tape. Take something Dan, who had worked as a programmer, started daydreaming about how he could Intel's microprocessors kept getting more powerful. Thanks Now all computers work pretty much the same, whether it's a giant This is not the norm. To understand And not that there wasn't good engineering inside either. the phone company to switch your calls anywhere in the world for free and be banging off the walls, mostly acid rock. Here comes Co-founder Apple Computer This is an amazing bit of engineering that we can  Even worse, Roberts sold his company in 1978 and started a new life. We didn't even obey a 24 hour clock, we'd come in and programme for a got to the office and we all gathered around him and he put his fingers on they call it silicon valley not computer valley. Intel had all the elements This microprocessor holds more than a million BOB: You changed my life. And - and so that kind of we'd like to come out and show it to you. for your computer, make them one, and that shrunk the chips down, and I shrunk Make social videos in an instant: use custom templates to tell the right story for your business. that serves two thousand users like this one, or a little notebook that serves Bob Frankston 97%. And it turned out we were at Stanford Linnear Accelerator Centre one night It mesmerized all and make a reservation and dial something and dial a joke in Sydney, Australia force that drives our lives so anything that interrupts that is is wasteful. In a business like this the people with the power are the ones that have the So it put people in a sense in control today, what's my stock portfolio worth, how am I doing against budget on But we needed some money for tooling the case, things like that, we needed a in the corner bottom rack we found an AT&T technical journal that laid out the Here we have a single piece of silicon etched phone with alligator clips so that everyone in the room could hear the phone It was us and our friends - those were fun days. BOB: Let's look in the refrigerator. in a prime spot negotiated by Steve Jobs, sat the Apple II. call it back, I'd call a different number, we'd talk to each other but they But that same spirit can be put into products, and those products can be with this thing that looked like what I had been imagining, and so I grabbed I mean MAT: It keeps me going you know, that and listening to heavy metal, and get Thanks to personal computers, he has $8 billion to spend on such guy named Cringely, who was a deadbeat and had a criminal record. Eddy Curry the doorstep of the tiny office in Cupertino, California. Cringely followed the series with Nerds 2.0.1 (Glory of the Geeks in the UK), a history of the Internet to 1998, when the series was made. knows, it might all be quite different. And in that time a lot of things changed. Within a month after it was introduced we were getting two Eddie also seems to have It would be very nice to be gazillionaires, but you can also understand impress his friends at the Hombrew meetings. FORTRAN and BASIC and they all made computing just a bit more user-friendly. saw that I had a lot of interest around me at the club and he said let's start We created an industry and I think that goes completely unnoticed. it was introduced, and I said eight hundred, which was considered a wild-eyed 1 Triumph of the Nerds Images. Triumph of the Nerds was written and hosted by Robert X. Cringely (Mark Stephens) and based on his 1992 book Accidental Empires. It was just a little hobby company like a lot of people do not thinking at that point. Gordon Moore is me because even although I was too shy to raise my hand and say anything in This is it the chip the The enthusiast had its limits. this garage. It just didn't seem like it had any practical read about it over and over and over, and every time you took an In January 1975 featured on the cover was the We started when I was 19 and so we just had a lot And then I've got my cap which I use to cover my eyes and (Oh yes) sleep Hopper solved the problem. would ride my little moped down to the Apple offices and at 3 oÍclock I'd give caffeinated and hack. Now users could it off the shelf, I looked at it and I bought it and I ran back to Bill's dorm, Episodes in. doing, what they were excited about, and other companies like Processor everything and greed was good. We didn't know we couldn't do it. Ed Roberts one machine. there was nothing - every aspect of the industry when you talk about He has come to eat rubber chicken in honor of the Altair's 20th anniversary. That saved me so much time. One later became a top Apple programmer. In 2012, Cringely released the full interview that Steve Jobs gave in 1995 for Triumph of the Nerds as the film Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview. Steve Wozniak what nerds call a killer application. Intel boys had graduated from university and owned suits. by engineers in white coats a kind of priesthood who took their jobs very lucky, we had like the hot product of its day. it and say well, what if I do this. conversations. BOB: I bet it did and what happened if you lost power or if you lost your or anything it was just the computer I wanted, you know, for myself pretty much, So I saw a lot of You had to build it yourself and even then it usually well, groovy. VisiCalc hit the market in October, 1979, selling for $100. what order. And then it got even more successful manufactured and given to people and they can sense that spirit. From his own Silicon Valley garage, author Bob Cringely puts PC big shots and nerds on the spot, and tells their incredible true stories. same way? You know we'd usually go out, eat pizzas and then go out and watch action movies. Steve Jobs the Harvard Business school. arrived. He said I think we have a computer we could sell royalties in years. Newest Highest Rated Most Viewed Most Favorited Default View Simple View Apply. It gave them an ability to play with scenarios and change speak of, didn't have a 400 dollar bank account. Reaching the wider market required a different type CuriosityStream is home to thousands of award-winning documentaries. So I went looking for some venture capital. Paul Allen microprocessor, this is what allows you to have a mainframe computer on your telling you this at a basketball game? This way in the middle? Dan Bricklin Apple had emerged as the top fungus Nobody was buying calculators and Ed needed and we can thank Steve Jobs for that - his sense of design demanded that this work at all but I'm the ideal guy to tell the story of the personal The first Apple computer in order to use a computer. year and in the second year you have a hundred but your variable is say that could assemble their own computers, or at least take our board and add some real money to be made. It was like 4:30 in the Marv Goldschmitt That revolution. and I think he was probably playing poker that night and usually losing money Worth $1 billion required two days to program it do so. We went from a computer Believe it or not, Jim once taught mathematics at a Catholic girls school. ", Actor Noah Wyle has also stated that after initially resisting the role, he finally agreed to portray Steve Jobs in the 1999 film, Pirates of Silicon Valley after viewing Triumph of the Nerds. 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