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21. The HP Way: How Bill Hewlett and I Built Our Company (Collins Business Essentials)
by Collins
Paperback (03 January, 2006)
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In a dry fashion, Packard tells the true story of the mighty Hewlett-Packard Company: Twocollege buddies begin a partnership by producing an audio oscillator in a Palo Alto garage in 1938 andwind up 60 years later with a $25-billion-dollar electronics company on their hands. He wraps the book uptidily with a timeline of the company's development milestones. Packard chalks up success to many things,including government contracts during wartime, but mostly to the company's management outlook ("TheHP Way"), which champions openness, honesty, and flexibility throughout the organization. Entrepreneursand technologists alike will be interested in this journey of an American giant. Packard's tone sometimesveers toward the self-congratulatory, but in this case, it somehow seems justified. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Nice guys sometimes win....
Bill Hewlett & Dave Packard were two nice guys who worked hard, played fair, and won. An interesting tale with some good homespun advice.

5-0 out of 5 stars What Happened?
I've read through this book 5 times and I don't recall the part where Mr Packard says to spy on the board of directors!

2-0 out of 5 stars Hewlett Packard's Rise to the Top
Hewlett- Packard is a giant in the PC industry and one of the best- known names in high tech. Most every business in America owns at least one product from this company. From its humble beginnings in a Palo Alto garage, HP has grown into a massive electronics machine, racking up more than $45 billion in revenue for the 2001 year.
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22. Alan Turing: Life and Legacy of a Great Thinker
by Springer
Hardcover (June, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Turing died too soon
Teuscher has gathered together a set of thought provoking essays about Turing and the ideas he espoused. The diverse range of the essays is a good reflection of Turing's genius.
5-0 out of 5 stars Man of many parts
This book celebrates the 90th anniversary of the birth of Alan Turing by bringing together a large set of essays on topics as diverse and colourful as the work and life of the man himself. Turing's fundamental contributions to computing kick started the modern computing era. However, he also made early and outstanding contributions to artificial intelligence, artificial neural networks, morphogenesis, cryptology and the philosophy of mind. The book touches on all these areas and includes contributions from luminaries such as Martin Davis, Daniel Dennett, Andrew Hodges, Douglas Hofstadter and Ray Kurzweil. The book also contains some essays on contemporary topics related to Turing's work such as the controversial area of so-called hypercomputation. While many of the essays are advanced, the material remains accessible and interesting. Turing had a strikingly original and whimsical imagination - reflecting this, and unlike many books on technical topics, this one includes some of the kind of speculation that is bound to fire the imagination of readers. Will computers outstrip human intelligence, and when might it happen? Will we become more like computers, or will they become more like us? Ninety years on from the birth of Alan Turing such issues are more relevant and pressing than ever, and this book makes an excellent advanced introduction to the breadth of Turing's work. ... Read more

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23. Bill Gates Speaks: Insight from the World's Greatest Entrepreneur
by Wiley
Hardcover (14 October, 1998)
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Love him or hate him, no matter how you feel about Bill Gates, you've got to respect him. As the richest man in the world and leader of the most successful company of our day, Gates has achieved a level of success that even the Almighty might be jealous of. In Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Nothing "Original" But Still A Good Book for Young Teens
This is one of a series of books that covers highly successful, highly visible individuals and how they got that way. These books are targeted at school age teens to inspire them to follow their paths for success. The author seems to cover the life stories of Bill Gates and adds quotes where appropriate to boost the storyline. There are occasional segments on subjects related to Gates as shown in the Amazon's "Look in" review. It's an easy read with only 230 pages. If you read any of the other books such as "Gates" or "Hard Drive" you'll get the feeling of reading this book before. Since the work isn't original and seems to heavily reference other books I give it 3 stars. The only question I have is whether the author actual sat down with Bill Gates and talked to him or did she really just go to the library, the Internet, etc. to get info on the book. As a first book on Bill Gates life, it's still a good read for young adults looking to be inspired.

2-0 out of 5 stars It's just a sumary of other books
It's an easy to read story of Gates, but there's nothing new here.In fact, the whole book is made up of quotes from other books and articles.You can't really tell if they are taken out of context or not.There's just not much original stuff here.

2-0 out of 5 stars No Meat To This BooK!
I like to be told a story. Although the book starts with a good story on how Bill Gates got started, it quickly digresses. This book is an accumulation of facts and boring accounts about Bill Gates and Microsoft. It never gets into the meat of things. I would have liked to have read more about the litigations against Microsoft. Maybe some more about Nescape's lawsuit. It mentions very little about the Antitrust lawsuit that I was looking forward to learning about. Instead we get quotes from Bill Gates that do not enhance the book, but instead interrupt it. The author references websites about Microsoft's and the government's claims about the lawsuit. It's like the author got lazy. Don't waste your money on this book. A very big dissapointment! ... Read more

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24. John von Neumann and the Origins of Modern Computing (History of Computing)
by The MIT Press
Hardcover (07 December, 1990)
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In the mid 1940s, John von Neumann revolutionized the nascent field of computing by showingthat program instructions could be stored in a computer's memory instead of on external panels orpunch cards. In Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A superb book on John von Neumann's many contributions to computer science
John von Neumann was one of the greatest prodigies of the last century.His right-wing politics and the fact that he made seminal contributions to many fields of science account for his not having won a Nobel prize.Nevertheless many Nobel laureates considered his intellect far superior to theirs.
5-0 out of 5 stars superb, scholarly book
Unsurpassed quality is the hallmark of this fine book

4-0 out of 5 stars An Overview of Von Neumann's Contributions to Computing
No one has yet written a biography of John von Neumann that sums up both his intellectual achievements and his curious personality.William Aspray's book, John von Neumann and the Origins of Modern Computing, atleast makes a good effort at explaining von Neumann's intellectualaccomplishments, although it is not a complete biography in explaining theman. Granted, such a biography might be impossible, given the breadth andprofundity of von Neumann's contributions to thought.It is hard toconceive of another person who left more of a mark on the twentieth centuryworld of science, with the exception of Einstein himself. For a look atvon Neumann the personality, one can find good character sketches of him inEd Regis's "Who Got Einstein's Office?" and in Joel Shurkin's"Engines of the Mind", but neither of these works presents acomplete view of von Neumann's intellectual achivements. Aspray's bookdoes a thorough job of covering von Neumann's thoughts on computing..Itis thorough in dealing with von Neumann's contributions to mathematics, tothe building of the IAS computer, to problems in information theory, andoutlines more of von Neumann's thought on the analogy between computerprocessing and the human mind than most writers ever notice.Additionally,von Neumann made contributions to meteorology that are usually overlooked,which Aspray outlines more thoroughly than other writers.The book doesnot address much about Game Theory (William Poundstone's book, Prisoner'sDilemma, outlines von Neumann's contributions in that field of study),which is another huge area of study that von Neumann pioneered. Aspray'sbook is required reading for anyone wrestling with John von Neumann'sideas, he outlines perhaps 60% of von Neumann's career better than anyother writer, but one wonders when the truly comprehensive biography of vonNeumann will be written. ... Read more

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25. The Difference Between God and Larry Ellison: *God Doesn't Think He's Larry Ellison
by Collins
Paperback (11 November, 2003)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
I absoultly loved this book. I am currently recieving my MBA, and it gave me a whole new perspective about how busniess can be, how it can suceed, and fail. Also, Ellisons sotry is realy fabulous, and the author does a great job of interviewing many of Ellison's ex-wives, ex-employyes etc. This gives a very realistic viw of Oracle, and how they felt about Ellison. I started ths book this morning, and I simply could not put it down until an hour ago when i finished it. Great Read!

3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting reading
It's a very good book in terms of the history of the computing giants that shaped the world. It kept my attention long enough to dedicate 2 days to reading it cover to cover. As an Oracle programmer, it helped me understand some of the thoughts I had of the company since working with their product since the early 90's.
2-0 out of 5 stars A candid look at Ellison
Okay, so who is this guy Larry Ellison? He's the man behind Oracle, one of the world's largest software companies. Not only is he known for his "battles" with Bill Gates of Microsoft, but also for his personal and professional exploits.
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26. Ada, the Enchantress of Numbers: Prophet of the Computer Age
by Critical Connection
Paperback (December, 1998)
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Many people get their first introduction to Lady Ada Lovelace, daughter of poet Lord Byron and companion to Charles Babbage, in William Gibsonand and Bruce Sterling's groundbreaking Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Well written, but missing illustrations.
I have reviewed most of the books that are readily available on Ada. This book was well written and Dr. Toole is truly the recognized authority of Ada and her life. I found an earlier edition of this book throughinterlibrary loan and was disappointed that this edition did not offer thesame illustrations and pictures. If you are interested in finding outmore about Ada especially from her own letters, this is truly one of thebest books out there.I would recommend reading at least one other book onAda Lovlace in addition to this one, for balance,at times Dr. Toole mayhave been too kind to Ada's memory. 5-0 out of 5 stars The History of a Passionate Visionary
Toole's book is an excellent introduction to the life and work of themathematical visionary, Ada Byron King.Toole's treatment allows thereader access to King's luminous mind--no small achievement.2-0 out of 5 stars Too much idolatry
This book is not about Ada but rather the author's defense of Ada's image and place in history.Read more

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27. Just for Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary
by HarperAudio
Audio CD (15 May, 2001)
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Most 31-year olds can't boast of being the instigator of a revolution. But then again, the world's leading promoter of open source software and creator of the operating system Linux does humbly call himself an accidental revolutionary--accidental being the operative word here. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent biography of a guy who doesn't know how cool he is.
The title of this book is very fitting, it seems to be the way things happpened. Linus was never a "go-getter" or someone looking to change the world, just a guy who loved programming, and seemed to do it just for fun, as the title implies.
2-0 out of 5 stars Good Start, Poor finish ... not put together very well
One reason I rated this audio CD so low was the packaging
4-0 out of 5 stars Reading this book is fun
You'd better be somewhat geek to get the language of this book. It's a fun book. If you are in the IT industry and have affinity for open source and Linux you'd better be reading this book. One thing I did not like is although I *know* Linus is not such a person to *act* as a hero, he is presented to be so. If the book was named ...accidental hero rather than ...accidental revolutionary, I'd not be buying it I guess. But it made me feel a bit like than. Other than that, a very fun book to read. ... Read more

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28. The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer (Great Discoveries)
by W. W. Norton
Hardcover (12 December, 2005)
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3-0 out of 5 stars read "Alan Turing: The Enigma"by Andrew Hodges instead
If your interest is in Alan Turing, and you are only just becoming familiar with him, you would probably be better served reading what many regard as not only an excellent biography of Alan Turing, but an excellent piece of biographical writing in and of itself, Andrews Hodges' ALAN TURING: THE ENIGMA.The current copy on the American Amazon site is an expanded and pricey edition, so you may want to go to the the United Kingdom Amazon site to get the slimmer, earlier edition, which not only costs less, but was also the basis for the award-winning play BREAKING THE CODE.After you've read Hodges' work, and wish to read more about Turing and his work and theories from other perspectives, then you may want to avail yourself on some of these other texts.

4-0 out of 5 stars I wish other reviewers would take a step back
As a dual computer science and English major, I find it refreshing when I stumble upon a computer science book that surveys the field from a more literary and philosophical perspective. (Galloway's "Protocol" is another example of such a work that I've encountered recently.)
4-0 out of 5 stars Sad ending to a great genius
This book gives a clear and accessible account of the life and the mathematical achievements of Alan Turing and his contributions to the development of cryptanalysis and the modern computer. Turing apparently committed suicide in the early 1950's because the British authorities were hounding him about his homosexuality. He was a man ahead of his time in one too many ways! ... Read more

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29. Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents
by City Lights Publishers
Paperback (November, 1997)
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If there is such a thing as a typical computer programmer,Ellen Ullman is not it. She's female, a former communist, bisexual,old enough to be a twentysomething's mom, and not a nerd.Sheruns her own computer-consulting business in San Francisco and in Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Tedious, boring and insulting.
There is really nothing to this book. When I finally finished it I was like "That was it?" Aside from the lack of any kind of interesting or engaging plot I found the very stereotypical charicterizations of programmers to be insulting. I get the feeling that the author is one of those "non-geek" programmers who (incorrectly) thinks that she understands true geek culture and secretly thinks she is better than the geeks.

4-0 out of 5 stars An intimate "The Soul of a New Machine"
Ellen Ullmann has created a wonderful novel about the awkward interfaces between programmers and users, programming and aging, and technology and humanity.2-0 out of 5 stars Some pros, but mostly cons
Ellen Ullman is obviously an adept coder and is able to describe both the great highs and great lows of being "close to the machine". However, as an actual author, she's a bit tedious and occasionally eye-rollingly vapid: her surprisingly generic sex scenes seem like quick masturbatory breaks, almost as if she felt the need to remind us that "programmers have sex lives, too". And she shows some occasional touches of her own techno-fear, especially when disparaging the nomenclature on a web-browser's interface (she pooh-poohs the usage of "home" on the browser, apparenly forgetting that "home" has also been the traditional name for users' directories on UNIX systems). Probably a good head-nodding read for legacy techies, the post-web generation will most likely sigh "Oh, get OVER yourself" a few times before flinging this one across the room and going back to reading WIRED. ... Read more

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30. Softwar: An Intimate Portrait of Larry Ellison and Oracle
by Simon & Schuster
Paperback (31 August, 2004)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
I have to admit that this book really caught me. It isn't light reading, and it isn't a beacon of objectivity, but the book is packed with action, and very little of it is filler. Having Ellison comment on this is also very interesting read. The book is written the clarity, even if lot of it is just quoting people the author has interviewed, but it does seem like he was asking the right questions and his interviewees did not hesitate to answer candidly.
4-0 out of 5 stars Great Read, but Flawed
True to its subtitle Softwar does indeed deliver an 'intimate portrait' of billionaire business leader Larry Ellison.Unfortunately, although the book is enthralling and features an incredibly interesting format including written responses by Ellison to points raised by Symonds, it falls short in two important areas for biographies.
4-0 out of 5 stars very interesting but not objetive
very interesting book overall, paints larry in a very (probably almost too) positive light. (the author was selected by larry to write the book.) the most interesting part is that larry adds his own notes to the bottom of various pages. the parts about sailing at the end were sort of boring, but it's nice to know that larry is planning on donating to medical foundations when he retires from oracle. ... Read more

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31. The Second Coming of Steve Jobs
by Broadway
Paperback (11 September, 2001)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Exciting and Interesting, but Perhaps not Fair
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end, but I do not feel it does Mr. Jobs justice.Deutschman always keeps things interesting, but he is almost certainly too harsh in his critique of Jobs.The problem with writing any biography on Jobs is that he is a fairly personal individual outside of his business persona.There is a general feeling throughout the book that Deutschman is captivated by Jobs but does not necesarily like him.However, because there are so few recent biographies of Mr. Jobs, this one becomes a must read.Worth the time for any Steve Jobs fan, not for its insiGHT, but for its insiDE information and story telling.If this book was written today, after Jobs renewed media darlingship, I think it would spin him more positively.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
If you love Apple and you think Steve Jobs walks on water, get ready for a reality check!The author does a great job at giving areal look into Steve Jobs the media personality, Steve Jobs the CEO and Steve Jobs the man.
4-0 out of 5 stars New Perspective
It's great to see a different perspective on Jobs.So many books are either too nice to him, or too mean.This one is much more balanced than most, and has testaments from all sorts of people in Steve's life, and covers the bases as well as is possible without Steve participating.The best part is that it really focuses in on a portion of Steve's life that is often ignored in stories about Apple and Steve- NeXT and Pixar. ... Read more

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32. Net Entrepreneurs Only: 10 Entrepreneurs Tell the Stories of Their Success
by Wiley
Hardcover (15 September, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Net Entreprenures Only
This book is a unique book that profiles successful online entrepreneurs. We could find their motivation, strong point, business model, etc. Because the market is getting cold, rational and systematic business model is becoming important. This book suggested the ways for final winner in business. This book profiles twelve entrepreneurs who have started successful online businesses and provides information on the companies they founded, why they founded them, and how they succeeded. These entrepreneurs have been winners of Ernst & Young's prestigious "Entrepreneur-of-the-Year" awards. From person-to-person interviews with each entrepreneur such as founder of eBay, priceline, etc we could find their secret, important know-hows. I strongly recommend this book. ... Read more

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33. Hacker Cracker: A Journey from the Mean Streets of Brooklyn to the Frontiers of Cyberspace
by Harper Paperbacks
Paperback (16 December, 2003)
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4-0 out of 5 stars I think even my mother would like this book!
The first part of the book deals entirely with the authors plight of growing up in a very rough area of town and the struggles that he faces with on a day to day basis.Apart from the first 4 or 5 pages, which contained a fast moving account of what happens when a rogue Chief Technology Officer gets sacked, for the first 71 pages I was wondering whether a differnet book had been slipped inside the jacket of hacker cracker as there was no mention of computers at all. The story was still pretty interesting though.Eventually he gets round to his first experience with computers and his encounters with hacking and the addictiveness of it all.Eventually the story ends up with a moving account of being at the site of the twin towers on 9/11 and a very touching part about a strange whistling noise (which I won't explain as it is a bit of a spoiler).An easy read and not really the usual hacker biography type book. I think this is partly due to the fact that the author is assuming his readers are not technical as some of the explanations (IRC for example) are very basic and some are almost "media stereotypical assumptions" of what really goes on.
4-0 out of 5 stars Intercity computer whiz-kid(pretty good book)
Ejovi Nuwere is from Bedford Stuyvesant a neighborhood in brooklyn he comes from somewhat of a brokenhome doesnot really know his father and has a mother who does just about anything in the world for her children but she is a drug addict and has Aids he lives with his grandmother uncle and brother and numerous others that hang out at his grandmothers apartment were something is always going on.5-0 out of 5 stars American Dream Story
This is an amazing story of a young man who goes from nothing to something, using technology. After reading this I was inspired to do something with my life!Read more

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34. AOL.com
by Three Rivers Press
Paperback (29 June, 1999)
list price: $14.00
Isbn: 0812931912
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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AOL's story--from its origins in a doomed gaming service through its early appearance as a much-dismissed startup to its current status as an often-maligned giant--is as irresistible as a heroic comedy. Kara Swisher chronicles the surprising growth of the world's largest online service, an organization for which everything apparently went wrong. Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Never again...
I have tried the AOL's cd that gives free connection for 3 months, and when I wanted to cancel the subscription (because I changed my home address) it was impossible to stop the bank tranfers. As incredible as this may sound, AOL claims that they cannot cancel my subscription because I don't remember my password. Even when I am able to confirm all other information (credit card number, date of birth, social, etc), they refuse the cancel the subscription.
5-0 out of 5 stars Who Would Have Thought
This is a good book. Well written with lots of information that you would have never known went on behind the scenes of aol. A real page turner.

4-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING THE AOL IS STILL HERE!
Very fascinating and detailed look at the early and middle years of AOL(before the latest difficulties with TimeWarner merger). We see just how amazingly close we came to not having an AOL at all. Steve Case and his partners and co-horts came so close so many times to going belly up, yet the book also shows how others failed to capitalize on AOL's weaknesses and failed to understand its strengths.Read more

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35. On the Firing Line: My 500 Days at Apple
by Harperbusiness
Hardcover (08 April, 1998)
list price: $25.00
Isbn: 0887309186
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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It's hard to think of a company that has captured the public imagination as much as Apple Computer. The rise and fall of the business that single-handedly created the PC market and then let it slip away has been the fodder for several books, most notably Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars if you are still curious about the history of management & marketing,particularly from a CEO's perspective...
On the Firing Line: My 500 Days at Apple
5-0 out of 5 stars Very good insight into the vacuum-sealed area of Apple
Gil Amelio provides excellent advice on how to deal with the difficult, stubborn and bright people who run Apple. At the end of the book it becomes clear that "if you contend with an influential person, then you will fall into his power" (Old Testmnt., Sirach 8:1).
4-0 out of 5 stars Beyond Self Pity there is Actual Value and Insight
I know he seems rather naive and in a serious mode of self pity, but Jobs is infamously known for getting under people's skin and turning them inside out.He can make you a true believer, a zealot, or fill you with such dour disposition that you'd even contemplate suicide.He's that powerful.And it looks like Gil is caught up in that distortion field to his determent, so cut him a break please.
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36. The New Imperialists
Hardcover (15 January, 2002)
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Isbn: B00008NRHR
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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If you use a personal computer or automated teller machine, make purchases online, or consume media of any kind, your life is directly impacted by the five digital-age visionaries profiled in Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Read
In case you are not familiar with the people who "virtually" rule our technology-laden world, according to Washington Post technology reporter Leibovich, they are Microsoft's Bill Gates, Amazon.com's Jeff Bezos, American Online (AOL)'s Steve Case, Oracle Corporation's Larry Ellison, and Cisco Systems' John Chambers.5-0 out of 5 stars Emperors and Empires Sill "Under Construction"
Leibovich's use of the word "imperialist" is apt to the extent that each of the five "restless kids" (Case, Chambers, Bezos, Gates, and Ellison) grew up to "virtually rule the world" and now preside over the 21st century's equivalent of an empire. Thus each can be viewed as a modern-day emperor. In that sense, they are (at least for now) among the "royalty" of the contemporary business world. Frankly, I find them much more interesting as ordinary human beings in most respects but who do indeed possess a few extraordinary talents which help to explain why each has achieved so much thus far. 5-0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down!
This book offers great insights into the minds of todays business leaders.The diversity of this group is amazing and compelling reading.Each has a different style, beliefs, and background that have shaped their lives.I'm not a big reader, but I could not put this one down.Highly recommended. ... Read more

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37. Perfect Enough: Carly Fiorina and the Reinvention of Hewlett Packard
by Portfolio Hardcover
Hardcover (23 January, 2003)
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Isbn: 1591840031
Sales Rank: 460707
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Thorough, Zero Insight
American tech industries were in the middle of tough times and facing a very uncertain future, as they still are, and the HP board did not understand what kind of "new HP" would deal best with that new world. None of this is in the book, but this should've been reasonably clear by 2003 when the book was published. And Carly, with a little insight, should be seen as just another bubble economy internet dream seller. She quickly developed "an internet story" to sell herself to HP, and ostensibly for HP to sell to the world, and the board was _so_ delighted. Between the lines (we can find out a lot there, as this book is fully documented, and so it earns three stars) the board comes off as quite naive, and Carly as what she is: a saleswoman who pumps herself up to "believe" what she's selling, but others should be a whole lot more skeptical.
5-0 out of 5 stars Growing up in a California Engineering Culture
As I started to read this book, I anticipated a tainted Carly story. True it did give a positive review of Carly's leadership which may have been a bit too rosey, but it gave a glimpse into the manifestation of business growth pains. The factors of HP's reinvention are a growing concern within the culture of all great engineering environments within the Valley. The change in global business strategies have demanded a change, yet it is a very difficult strain on a healthy culture to be railroaded into corporate consolidation.
1-0 out of 5 stars book commissioned by Carly
I was frustrated by how unbalanced this book was.All of Fiorina's warts were covered up and she was made to look like a hero.At one point, I kept looking at the back cover to see if she wrote the book herself; but she didn't so I can only guess that she must have commisioned it.If you want a Carly love-fest, this is the book, else, read "Backfire" for a more balance viewpoint. ... Read more

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38. The Road Ahead: Completely Revised and Up-to-Date
by Penguin (Non-Classics)
Paperback (01 November, 1996)
list price: $15.95
Isbn: 0140260404
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Love him or loathe him, Mr. Microsoft is certainly an influential voice in the modern business world and Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I owe a lot of things to this book
This book hit the stands in 90's when I was an undegrad doing my 4 year course in Computer Science and Engineering. I devoured this book with the kind of passion a teenager devours his first Playboy/Penthouse.
3-0 out of 5 stars Classic Gates-- Before the Internet was Invented....
Seriously this is Bill Gates talking about the future but out of 300 pages about 9 are dedicated to talking about the internet -- and most of that is buried with other information. Lots of talk about applications and appliances that did not materialize....one book you need to read because-- then you know that all the gurus DO NOT KNOW everythng !! Wonderful for entrepreneurs who dont' doubt their own paths on their road ahead......

3-0 out of 5 stars Worth reading
Definitely worth reading. I'd also, however, suggest that if you really are curious about the early years of computing, you use the internet to check up other opinions of Microsoft's origin. There's two sides to every story...Read more

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39. Father, Son & Co.: My Life at IBM and Beyond
by Bantam
Hardcover (29 February, 2000)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A warm tale behind a cold company
Indeed a truly heart-warming, rivetting story. One of the best - possibly the best - bios that I have ever read. This is a story about IBM, the big blue corporate monolith. Yet in its core, this is really the story of a Son, a father and the relationship between them. Once into the pages of the book, you will soon realise that IBM is just a necessary but incidental backdrop to a father-son relationship..It's a book that talks of a strict yet loving father, and a son working his way up to gain his father's approval and affection. A very humane tale, devoid of any overt management jargon or mantra that seems to be the norm in most bios by business leaders, it is a surprise that nobody has thought of making a movie out of this story.
4-0 out of 5 stars Where Destiny Takes You
This is not a story that I had really expected to enjoy; I found this book in a hostel in Europe, and with nothing in English to read I gladly snapped it up. Father, Son & Co wound up being a very interesting and enjoyable book, and even though it is more than 15 years old now, it still gives tremendous insights into the rise of IBM and the evolution of the computer. Within two generations of the Watson family, business advanced from the Robber Barons of the 19th century to the big corporations of the 20th, and during this same period the computer advanced from punch-card machines into the electronic machines we use today. It is hard to look at a PC and see a direct connection to horse-and-buggy days, but that is the story Thomas Watson and Peter Petre tell.
4-0 out of 5 stars Readable portrait of an IT empire
It is always interesting to read what sons have to write about their fathers. Thomas J. Watson Jr.'s book is no exception to this rule. Although in many ways the book is a business biography, the relationship between the two men creeps in between the lines (almost more than you could imagine that the author had intended it to). Watson Jr. was clearly influenced by his iconic father, both for better and for worse. The book is a lot about how that influence (and the escape from that influence) shaped the company that is IBM today.
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40. Out of their Minds: The Lives and Discoveries of 15 Great Computer Scientists
by Springer
Paperback (02 July, 1998)
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Isbn: 0387982698
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Over the past fifty years, most of computer science's important inventions have come frominnovators who aren't exactly household names. Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great Source
I was looking for a good source on the masterminds who shaped the Computer Science field and I found in this book. I think this book delivers a good mixture of personal stories plus technical details about the main contributions of the 15 computer scientists who shaped the field.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great read for history buffs
If you're a computer scientist, programmer or what have you, then this book is a must read. The book presents key contributions of 15 computer scientists. While the book does contain some level of computer science speak, those who don't have computer science backgrounds will still find the book easy to read and follow. I first read this book when it was first published, and I occasionally refer back to it so I don't forget about all the great contributions made to computing.

4-0 out of 5 stars Computer Scientists are People
At about 15 pages per computer scientist, you get brief but often substantive introductions to some key figures in computer science. For those that intrigue you, you can then look elsewhere, but from this book alone you can get a good feel for some of the key problems computer scientists have addressed. You'll also get a good feeling for what these scientists were like as people and how they thought. Quotes from interviews with each gets you closer to them.
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