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PlayStation is the hottest video-game platform going, and its $7 billion in annual sales now accounts for 23 percent of parent Sony's profits. In Revolutionaries at Sony, Reiji Asakura describes how this came about despite long odds and naysayers both within and without. Asakura gives all credit to Ken Kutaragi, a visionary executive engineer who recognized the possibilities when he first viewed Sony's revolutionary "System G" 3-D technology in 1984 and who still believes it has achieved only a fraction of its potential for launching "an entire world of computerized home entertainment." Asakura attributes much of the ongoing s... Rest of this review on the detail page
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A high-velocity chronicle of the open-source transformation taking place in computing. "Open source" began as the mantra of a small group of idealistic hackers and has blossomed into the all-important slogan for progressive business and computing. This fast-moving narrative starts at ground zero, with the dramatic incubation of open-source software by Linux and its enigmatic creator, Linus Torvalds. With firsthand accounts, it describes how a motley group of programmers managed to shake up the computing universe and cause a radical shift in thinking for the post-Microsoft era. A powerful and engaging tale of innovation versus ... Rest of this review on the detail page
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In the early 1970s, while Silicon Valley was designing the latest generation of digital wristwatches and pocket calculators, a ragtag group of college dropouts, hippies, and electronics hobbyists were busy creating the future in their garages. What they built was the personal computer, but what they were aiming for was something much more ambitious: a revolution. Fire in the Valley is the story of their efforts, and in particular, the contributions of an informal think tank called the Homebrew Computer Club. Its technically gifted community, comprising sci-fi aficionados and Berkeley counterculturists, believed computers could... Rest of this review on the detail page
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