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Home Computers: 100 Icons That Defined a Digital Generation

Home Computers: 100 Icons That Defined a Digital Generation (Hardback)

By Wiltshire, Alex
By (photographer) Short, John

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A celebration of the early years of the digital revolution, when computing power was deployed in a beige box on your desktop. Today, people carry powerful computers in our pockets and call them phones. A generation ago, people were amazed that the processing power of a mainframe ...computer could be contained in a beige box on a desk. This book is a celebration of those early home computers, with specially commissioned new photographs of 100 vintage computers and a generous selection of print advertising, product packaging, and instruction manuals. Readers can recapture the glory days of fondly remembered (or happily forgotten) machines including the Commodore 64, TRS-80, Apple Lisa, and Mattel Aquarius--traces of the techno-utopianism of the not-so-distant past. Home Computers showcases mass-market success stories, rarities, prototypes, one-offs, and never-before-seen specimens. The heart of the book is a series of artful photographs that capture idiosyncratic details of switches and plugs, early user-interface designs, logos, and labels. After a general scene-setting retrospective, the book proceeds computer by computer, with images of each device accompanied by a short history of the machine, its inventors, its innovations, and its influence. Readers who inhabit today's always-on, networked, inescapably connected world will be charmed by this visit to an era when the digital revolution could be powered down every evening.
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ISBN 9780262044011
Released NZ 15 Apr 2020
Publisher MIT Press Ltd
Format Hardback
Series Mit Press
Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days

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ISBN-13 9780262044011
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher MIT Press Ltd
Imprint MIT Press
Released 15 Apr 2020
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Wiltshire, Alex
By (photographer) Short, John
Series Mit Press
Category Personal Computers
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 216mm
Height: 251mm
Spine: 28mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight 1,293g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Computing: Textbooks & Study Guides
ONIX Text General/trade