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Editorial Reviews. faymicwigendmen.ml Review. Back in the early s, word spread about an inviting Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer that changed Everything - Kindle edition by Steven Levy. Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer that changed Everything Kindle Edition.
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- A ‘Personal’ Computer Turns 30
- The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer That Changed Everything
- In the Plex(Versión en inglés) Resumen gratuito | Steven Levy
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A ‘Personal’ Computer Turns 30
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Successfully reported this slideshow. We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime. Upcoming SlideShare. Like this presentation? Why not share! Embed Size px. Start on. No matter how good a computer is, unless it gets out - is shipped - unless it hits the street, it doesn't change any lives.
It doesn't make a dent in the universe.
The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer That Changed Everything
In a very real sense, it doesn't really matter at all. At one point in the development of Macintosh, Levy writes, Jobs was furious that the prototype Macintosh took 30 seconds to start up after a person turned it on. Finally, Jobs pinpointed the source of delay with the system's programmer, Larry Kenyon. But Kenyon, Levy writes, couldn't figure out any way to make the machine start up faster. Jobs was unconvinced:. How many lifetimes does million seconds equal? Would you take three days to save fifty people's lives?
In the Plex(Versión en inglés) Resumen gratuito | Steven Levy
So far, so good. But then, a few weeks later, Levy writes, Jobs became obsessed with the functional design lines of French food processors, and spent two weeks out of his busy schedule during the height of Macintosh development to look at them in Bay-area show rooms. Just how many souls were lost to that exercise? In the final analysis, computers don't save time and work; they simply move it around, from the computer's user to the keyboard of the programmer.
The power of modern computers is that they let a single team of programmers solve an entire set of problems once; then, simply by copying the software, millions of people can solve those problems again and again without great effort. Nevertheless, Macintosh was nearly a failure, because it was so difficult for people to master the art of writing those easy-to-use programs.
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It took a group of programmers working in Seattle, under the name Aldus, to write the application program that would be the machine's salvation. That program was PageMaker, the world's first Desktop Publishing application. Desktop Publishing forever changed the way magazines and newspapers around the world are produced. Even this newspaper was produced on a Macintosh with a desktop-publishing application.
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Just as million seconds do not make up 50 lifetimes they barely account for 11 years , in many places Levy blithely repeats technical details that are simply wrong. Although these errors won't detract from the book for all but the most nit-picking nerds, their presence is annoying.
These mistakes would have been a lot easier to track down and fix if Levy included an index.
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