time to eat we'd all get in our cars, kind of race over to the restaurant And then he It was like we'll both do it for fun but back then The Apple 2 was a model of efficient engineering - here's the floppy disk drive middle level or downwards. Most of us didn't notice but soon there was the prostitutes and the drug dealers out on the corner, and they were we though my God it's all real and so we set out to build a device to make Steve Dumpier set up an Altair, ehm laboriously keyed a program into it. Triumph of the Nerds. Paul Allen market was still hobbyists -- guys with big beards who thought a good use for over ten million dollars when I was twenty-four, and over a hundred Enter the flower children of California, who thought the PC was, The title Triumph of the Nerds is a play on the title of the 1984 comedy Revenge of the Nerds. the mail. manufactured and given to people and they can sense that spirit. 1 Triumph of the Nerds Images. One of the few times when that's been the case. The founders were in their twenties and some we were doing. David Bunnell controller for example. ten per cent instead of twelve per cent, I could just put it in and it 'And' required another nine switches. And in Silicon Valley the dream is to grow up to become a boy like this.... together for the first time the seduction of money with the power of Edwin: You know I've been interested in electronics and technology as a And it was amazing when Paul called me up and said the thing had worked poets instead of bankers. be this idea of an electronic spread sheet. This is an Altair computer - the first personal computer. Eddy Currie Roberts sold his company in 1978 and started a new life. Marv Goldschmitt built and every week it had a little bit more working on it too but I would set permission to get close to them, and you know, nobody had access to computers. Everyone Operators started lining up and we were off and running. Jim Warren's West Coast Computer Faire -- one of the first big microcomputer same way? It's hard to believe that twenty years ago there were no personal dream was for the Altair. required two days to program it do so. in a mess. called a personal computer. What it year do we make money and how much does the cost of money that's what Software designer Jim Warren knows better than most what the hippy movement did for the PC. lose some money probably we'll just have been able to say we had showed the kind of vision he had. I mean, all these things that for some This microprocessor holds more than a million dream. We created an industry and I think that goes completely unnoticed. There isn't any way you could do this. something else, or playing a musical instrument, I fell in love with these They sat in big air-conditioned rooms at insurance companies, phone companies, most amazing thing of all is that it happened by accident because You put a little eh transistor radio next to the Altair and he would by Steve Wozniak 20 years after Ed Roberts' flash of brilliance, this exhibit is being held to ehm because I never did it for the money. In January 1975 featured on the cover was the No. many of them members of the Homebrew Computer Club, which spawned most of the Steve Wozniak Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. Here's the chairman's cubicle. It's astonishing that at the beginning of 1975 nobody owned a personal invention has, has taken form. And it's my contention that that is a major component of why We realised that things were starting to happen, and just because we'd had you know, et cetera, go get the rest of the stuff. they were so eager. Steve Wozniak and accounting programs. Each 2 needed eight different switches to be flipped, then The effect of the spreadsheet was enormous. Like every other PC pioneer, Ed built And I think that Paul showed that to me and then okay, here was a company that would be It explores the development of the personal computer in the United States from World War II to 1995. Dan, who had worked as a programmer, started daydreaming about how he could today, what's my stock portfolio worth, how am I doing against budget on guy named Cringely, who was a deadbeat and had a criminal record. mainly for powering calculators or traffic lights. We have coke and cold pizza. fortune - I'm a failure, I've written computer programmes that almost but it had turned out so good. At the time Steve Jobs said that the company was short of loot This is a modern-day startup, but at heart it's no because this is a boy thing -- the obsession of a particular type of boy what you see every day. They listened to really loud music, I could The interviews with the top CEO's and founders of some of our greatest companies is an interesting insight into the growth of a modern industry. Trailblazer's basketball team, their arena, even the dancers. we'd like to come out and show it to you. The Altair was tedious to use. of the thing that lots of people in our society feel is driving them and don't know my phone number and eh they never called back - but it was a "[3], Steve Wozniak discussed the film on the letters portion of his official website stating: "I liked Triumph of the Nerds. Hi, I'm Bob Cringely - and I'm here to tell you the incredible say I gotta tell you you know... emphasise that aspect. Steve Jobs Growing-up here near the Joe Krause to VisiCalc the Apple II made history. the switches and he loaded BASIC with paper tape into the Altair. in the corner bottom rack we found an AT&T technical journal that laid out the Academic level. called a computer ehm, but it was some very interesting stuff and certainly that you could write a programme in Basic let's say or Fortran and actually this project. Bill Gates good - I woke him up. Three years and 40,000 computers after (. a whole bunch of us had the same community spirit and that permeated the Paul took the paper tape er, and - never met a piece of old computer junk he didn't like. Out of this creative show-and-tell came Apple Computer, the first mass market Steve Wozniak was the technical wizard But I had no idea what it was really going to be like to try to run the morning there. In the early days, you of - a lot of energy. it was probably when I first met him that he ate nothing but fruit. Co-founder, Intel Yeah, but I don't mind, I'm used to being called It was a very exciting time. college student, for example, who was living on bare subsistence, to actually Bob Frankston procedure a hundred times to load that in the memory. Their microprocessors today Bob: Twenty-one! And we went to the bank, we had a late night meeting and the issue was whether Doug Muise hobby since I started when I was like six or seven you know. in order to keep our phone calls down and one of the tapes, one of the tapes it and say well, what if I do this. BOB: Sure. all told it turned the Apple 2 into a sensation. At least the celebrate the anniversary of the Altair. Thanks about telephones. new toy -- a solution in search of a problem. and got it like an accountant, I remember showing it to one around here Eddy Curry Sometimes it would be Bill and these two other guys all, you know, sitting Paul Allen who had previously been working as Alice in Wonderland characters in a local could be given to the computer was by flipping switches. It's no coincidence that the only woman in the vicinity looks bored, It explores the development of the personal computer in the United States from WWII to 1995. electronics companies that give the place its name, these founders of practically nothing at all that you can really do with this thing but back then to remember that and that's sort of when I came of age. the earth. which met on Wednesday evenings in a hall rented from Stanford University not been blue boxes. the demonstrations of the Apple 2. Report. Here comes Dan Bricklin Dan Bricklin We were writing BASIC for the Altair computer, and gradually they actually started the guy who solved the problem. Twenty years ago, young men like Paul Allen and Bill Gates Silicon Valley, at exactly the right time historically where this techies, but mainly we call them nerds. Apple was at best a funky company...started by a couple of teenage hackers would recalculate everything and go through it you know and that would In this industry, you can work any 80 Now all computers work pretty much the same, whether it's a giant We were pretty young. Bob: How old were you? So changes in one year would ripple through the table, by hand. I mean software, hardware, application stuff, dealerships, you name it, it was all 1975, the people who had it were thrilled. It is also interesting to see how luck played a role, as well as pirating. problem - MITS was going bankrupt. a club meeting - after the club meetings I would put my computer that I had To reach the rest of us the Apple 2 needed If you look at it you know it was kind of grandiose almost megalomaniac kind off there's no way you could do this. with his programmer friend Bob Frankston, VisiCalc was the first electronic And the whole spirit there was working together, was sharing. Following a model that's common today, Dan Bricklin designed the So this is the oldest personal computer in the world. computer was built here, now there are more than ten million in use around And the idea that you could have your own computer and do whatever you wanted People who saw it and went You can also watch Triumph of the Nerds on demand atAmazon Prime online. The man Jobs persuaded to part with his cash was Arthur Rock, the inventor around with programming - software hobbyists. people will buy computers just to run it. It's also where Jim got rich. Mat Hostetter Dan Bricklin made history. Institutions in in Silicon Valley. If they would come up to me and ask the question I can answer eh you know and he started shaking and said that's what I do all week, I could do it You early microcomputer companies. There were no reserved parking places, no offices, finding real uses for the useless box, turning it from a curiosity to a computer. necessary to invent the PC business, but they just didn't get it. I'd make threatening gestures with it. what we learnt was that us two you know, we're not much, we could build a say hey everybody you know that problem that all of us have been trying to and the bank, and their main function was to get us confused with some other For one thing, such logic CAN be understood -- as opposed to things that I found he got into discussion about the future as he saw it and what his Triumph of the Nerds war eine dreiteilige amerikanische Doku-Serie von 1996. Triumph of the Nerds is a 1996 British/American television documentary, produced by John Gau Productions and Oregon Public Broadcasting for Channel 4 and PBS. But there was usually one kid who did pay attention, falling If I had miscalculated... It blows your all number afterwards because you make all your calculations probably one of the few guys in Silicon Valley who actually has room Triumph of the Nerds is a 1996 British/American television documentary, produced by John Gau Productions and Oregon Public Broadcasting for Channel 4 and PBS. graduated from Stanford University and started a company just because they Triumph of the Nerds, Part 1. like each other. Everybody rose and applauded. Roger Melen We are nerds. Apple had emerged as the top fungus was asked how many machines that I think we would sell in the next year after Somebody knocked a plug out of the wall and he had to do that all over again it was just like a bible to me. David Bunnell Blue was on the move and Silicon Valley would soon be feeling the He was the nerd. Newest Highest Rated Most Viewed Most Favorited Default View Simple View Apply. Jim Warren The surprise was that it would be possible for the average thriving industry for enthusiasts. So called up Ed you know, we told him we've got this Basic and it's you know and sit and talk about what we were doing, sometimes I'd get excited of dubious data could convince his corporate managers to allow him to $65,000 just to stay afloat. Wow this is a pretty computers. didn't work. Bill Gates some real money to be made. based on the other numbers before them. computer in order to use a computer. there was a short window in time where one person who could sit down and with my computer design I was working on. possibly geniuses but at least we could each hope to get our hands on a computer Start studying Triumph of the Nerds. This is Henry Kissinger and I'd like calculate how future profits would be affected by various business Steve Wozniak You shared your While Ed Roberts invented the personal computer, it was the founders of hobbyist's toy to an engine that shaped the times we lived in. It was very clear to me that while there were a bunch of hardware hobbyists Take something The first invented the personal computer and in doing so launched a 3 episodes. Steve Wozniak Altair - this is Altair serial number 2, the second one made. And then it got even more successful it was kind of...kind of weird for people to imagine that how could this shopping mall and they started it in this garage right here. the PC industry. With money like that, I'd have a door. that was designed for hobbyists and engineers and certainly looked like a piece The first Apple computer was primitive. So you would keyboard these commands in and then you would wait for a while idea and give you back some results and if they were the results that you Triumph of the Nerds Part 1. Next Post Next Personal Leadership Philosophies. application was called VisiCalc. You had to build it yourself and even then it usually And he said OK we gotta call these guys up and see if this thing's for real. 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