Triumph of the Nerds

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A PowerPoint for school students used as an introduction to the episodes of the Triumph of the Nerds TV series.

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Triumph of the Nerds

  1. 1. Triumph of the Nerds <br />B A Thomas<br />
  2. 2. The presenter<br />Robert X Cringely<br />
  3. 3. The story of the PC …<br />The MITS Altair 8800<br />
  4. 4. In the early 1970s most computers were mainframes<br />
  5. 5. Bill Gates in 1977<br />
  6. 6. Bill Gates and Paul Allen in the late 1970s<br />
  7. 7. Paper tape was used to input programs <br />
  8. 8. Jobs and Woz about 1976<br />
  9. 9. The Apple 1 mother board sold for $666.<br />They sold about 50 to hobbyists.<br />
  10. 10. One of the first Apple 1s<br />
  11. 11. The Apple 2 in 1977.<br />A modern looking computer.<br />
  12. 12. Visicalc – the first Spreadsheet and first useful program on a PC <br />
  13. 13. Big Blue – the major mainframe manufacturer<br />
  14. 14. Riding the Bear<br />
  15. 15.
  16. 16. Open Architecture<br />
  17. 17. Microsoft did Languages not Operating Systems<br />
  18. 18. Bill Gates <br />Garry Kildall<br />
  19. 19. Tim Patterson wrote an OS based on CPM<br />
  20. 20. CPM<br />
  21. 21. MS DOS<br />
  22. 22. Advert for the IBM PC 1981<br />
  23. 23. Lotus 123 – The Killer Application for the IBM PC<br />
  24. 24.
  25. 25. A BIOS window <br />
  26. 26. Compaq portable<br />The first clone/IBM compatible<br />
  27. 27. PC Clones<br />Dell<br />Amstrad<br />Apricot<br />
  28. 28. OS/2<br />IBM’s doomed Operating System<br />Was meant to replace MS-DOS.<br />
  29. 29. Great Artists Steal – Part 3(Good artists copy)<br />A quote from <br />Pablo Picasso<br />
  30. 30. California<br />
  31. 31. Silicon Valley<br />
  32. 32. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silicon_Valley<br />
  33. 33. Windows 95 launch1st really usable version<br />
  34. 34. Xerox – “copier heads”<br />
  35. 35.
  36. 36. The first computer mouse<br />
  37. 37. The Apple Lisa = failure<br />
  38. 38. And so was the Mac …….<br />
  39. 39. Until it got its killer application!<br />
  40. 40. The Future?<br />
  41. 41. Google and Apple?<br />Web based OS & applications?<br />Thin client networks?<br />Netbooks?<br />
  42. 42. Netbooks<br />
  43. 43. Google OS might look something like this<br />

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