Computing: A Business History

Computing: A Business History

Language: English

Pages: 162

ISBN: 0615675778

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Nielsen provides a most excellent and understandable narrative of a complex history. Well done.- Andy Grove, co-founder, CEO, and Chairman of Intel

Lars Nielsen engagingly shows why we've got an unlikely partnership - the American military-industrial complex teamed with a generation of pot-smoking hippie whiz-kids - to thank for today's digital economy.

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varied. Per IBM: "For example, a text system with 29 million characters of system/user disk storage capacity, five 5253 display stations and two 5257 printers, cost $64,351 or could be leased for $1,980 a month. A text and document distribution system with 130 million characters of system/user disk storage capacity, fifteen 5253 display stations, six 5257 printers and the necessary features to support communication lines, could be purchased for $175,753 or leased for $5,372 a month.") Additional

WorldCom and former CEO of UUNET, contrived a complicated, elegant transaction which met the needs and capabilities of all parties, while also playing out to WorldCom's advantage. WorldCom acquired all the shares of CompuServe using $1.2 billion of WorldCom stock. As previously arranged, Block nearly immediately sold the WorldCom stock to other investors for $1.2 billion in cash. Also as previously arranged, within one day of this deal, WorldCom sold the Information Service portion of CompuServe

where bodies live. We are creating a world that all may enter without privilege or prejudice accorded by race, economic power, military force, or station of birth. We are creating a world where anyone, anywhere may express his or her beliefs, no matter how singular, without fear of being coerced into silence or conformity. Your legal concepts of property, expression, identity, movement, and context do not apply to us. They are all based on matter, and there is no matter here." This philosophy

contagion for a small time, but they will not work in a world that will soon be blanketed in bit-bearing media." In Barlow's view, the decentralized and pervasive nature of the Internet would itself put down all attempts at censorship and regulation. "Your increasingly obsolete information industries would perpetuate themselves by proposing laws, in America and elsewhere that claim to own speech itself throughout the world. These laws would declare ideas to be another industrial product, no more

many, many more. Today we cannot imagine retail goods, travel-related services, information (including music and films) and financial services not being available via the Web. This is the measure of a revolution. Forrester Research predicts that total world online retail sales will total $250 billion by 2014. 14 The Future: Inter-Cloud, Etc. "The best way to predict the future is to invent it." - Alan Kay, computer scientist The future is, in some respects, already here. Smartphones. Tablet

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