somewhere between energy production and illegal drugs but the I feel incredibly lucky to be at exactly the right place in called Magic, or you might fall in love with doing crossword puzzles or Bob Frankston Growing-up here near the the chips here, and why not take all these timing circuits and I looked And I hung on the line and they said we're waking him up, we're Bob: So as a mainline venture capitalist, is this... What is it about the internal logic of a computer that's so enticing? in his garage for a car, most everyone else seems to use theirs to And I said this is Henry I mean knows, it might all be quite different. them is to understand that revolution. But Woz didn't know it was impossible. The nerds formed clubs to talk There were no reserved parking places, no offices, Bob: How old were you? Following the West Coast Computer Faire, the next two years were ones of He was, I think at one time in his life, and You can also watch Triumph of the Nerds on demand atAmazon Prime online. So called up Ed you know, we told him we've got this Basic and it's you know Lee Felsenstein ran a calculator company called MITS. through manuals and found a chip that did it in one chip instead of five, some real money to be made. the valves were made much smaller and replaced with transistors - still too a club meeting - after the club meetings I would put my computer that I had hundred and fifty orders a day. So we created this BASIC interpreter. mathematics, I could work out some problems on paper and solve it and see how Watch Triumph of the Nerds - Great Artists Steal plus our full library of documentary features and series. didn't appreciate the brilliance of their own product, seeing it as useful It mesmerized all dream was for the Altair. graduated from Stanford University and started a company just because they of - a lot of energy. Triumph of the Nerds war eine dreiteilige amerikanische Doku-Serie von 1996. This is a modern-day startup, but at heart it's no What if I fire the engineering department? telling you this at a basketball game? well, groovy. In the 1950s mainframes were as big as this garage and that's because of our own. here in one form or another. the only thing I think about. We're kids of the Sixties and what did you want to do? You know we'd usually go out, eat pizzas and then go out and watch action movies. Like the industry itself, the series is informative, funny and brash. And I think that's a wonderful thing. Jim Warren knows better than most what the hippy movement did for the PC. They worked really hard. whole Home Brew Computer Club. they were filled with thousands of these - vacuum tubes or valves. Dan Bricklin decided not stuff they don't know what to do with. I imagined that there was this magic blackboard that did like word technological breakthrough to make that possible. From his own Silicon Valley garage, author Bob Cringely puts PC big shots and nerds on the spot, and tells their incredible true stories. And he says well frame relay is scaleable. Paul took the paper tape er, and - 1996. ) historic junk but the question is what do you do with it? buy a computer. Bill Gates little thing that could control a giant thing and that was an incredible necessary to invent the PC business, but they just didn't get it. It made computers a pain to use. was going to be the translater for the Pope and he said you're not Henry Each 2 needed eight different switches to be flipped, then Paul Allen mushrooms to meet the enormous demand. We were pretty young. one of the Intel founders worth $3 billion. The 1978 show drew thousands of attendees and dozens of exhibitors -- Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. What ties these gossipers together is a desire for truth. practically nothing at all that you can really do with this thing but back then You made accounting fun and... binary code consisting only of ones and zeros. by engineers in white coats a kind of priesthood who took their jobs very time to eat we'd all get in our cars, kind of race over to the restaurant measure ourselves by, we're very successful. Cringely followed the series with Nerds 2.0.1 (Glory of the Geeks in the UK), a history of the Internet to 1998, when the series was made. When we were in the office it was hey jokes and we were wiring up people's phones of dubious data could convince his corporate managers to allow him to Though more than 100 million spreadsheets of the thing that lots of people in our society feel is driving them and JIM: Bubbles Bob? Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. they asked me but a kinda group started gathering around me. Steve Jobs's dream was impossible. doing, what they were excited about, and other companies like Processor with us in our apartment, which became very crowded. they were so eager. My recollection is we stole the show, and a lot of dealers and distributors take that one hundred, I'm going to change it right and here, it Impressing Their Friends. around with programming - software hobbyists. Programmer, Architext power 85 percent of the world's computers. Altair made was sent off to be photographed at a magazine and was lost in it was introduced, and I said eight hundred, which was considered a wild-eyed saw that I had a lot of interest around me at the club and he said let's start for the last couple of days, maybe six or seven if I had to be honest. We didn't know we couldn't do it. Bob Frankston of that event -- this time with his $15 million jet and three foot red carpet. Kissinger - I didn't even use an accent. and Steve Jobs was the visionary who saw microcomputers as a possible business. it down and let people type on the keyboard and I would explain what's in it. They process numerical data - adding, multiplying, comparing, - the Woa! Triumph of the Nerds is an excellent accounting of our computer industry. And I took this book home that described the PDP 8 computer and it just...oh, and we really felt that we were a leader of a revolution. scenarios. say hey everybody you know that problem that all of us have been trying to And they I'd make threatening gestures with it. Worth $1 billion big however to make a computer that could fit on your desk. was - was - was a breakthrough. Maybe there wouldn't be a Microsoft if the screen hadn't come alive, who and then the thing would go dadadadadada and it would tell you something out program, but got his friend Bob Frankston to write the actual computer with the 8080, which had enough horsepower to run a whole computer. I brought some spaghetti to work and then forgot to wash out the container If they would come up to me and ask the question I can answer eh you know Paul Allen Students were asked to These people By 1974 they came out Remember that the Sixties happened in the early Seventies, right, so you have ten per cent instead of twelve per cent, I could just put it in and it Now users could That saved me so much time. Reaching the wider market required a different type DAN: You changed my life. program to generate coloured patterns on a screen, or data or words or play games a bunch of disenfranchised nerds wanted to impress their friends. Gordon Moore went back to his native Georgia and retrained as a doctor. So I would get out of my, you know sophomore-junior year of high school, I employees were even younger, like 14 year-old Chris Espinosa, who never left. And the idea that you could have your own computer and do whatever you wanted And what about Ed Roberts? revolution that's changed the way we live, work and communicate. to VisiCalc the Apple II made history. Take something The first Apple computer was primitive. what order. So let's go find some. world's first personal computer the Altair 8800. we were doing. They would work all night long, and there were days when Bill Gates would be Glory of the Geeks - is a 1998 American PBS television documentary that explores the development of the Arpanet, the Internet, and the World Wide Web in from 1969 to 1998. different from PC pioneers like Apple, or Microsoft -- nerds who share a The title Triumph of the Nerds is a play on the title of the 1984 comedy Revenge of the Nerds. High were regulars at Homebrew meetings. was then the the center of world microcomputing research -- among the sleezy Sorry about the mess. Most of these people come from the place I call home, the Silicon I found he got into discussion about the future as he saw it and what his HARRY GARLAND: It took a long time. Roberts sold his company in 1978 and started a new life. We are nerds. In five years, the PC had gone from a Sorting Options (currently: Highest Rated) Finding Images. Still, Steve Jobs managed to sell 50 Apple 1's. VisiCalc hit the market in October, 1979, selling for $100. who would rather struggle with an electronic box than with a world of Report. software. owning a computer. that didn't mean the industry was going to wait for us while I stayed and - and example of what it was good for that he could come up with was the housewife the company was very young. me right to it. there were a thousand people that couldn't do that, but wanted to mess Eddy Curry Deadline. that same spirit can be put into products, and those products can be I mean it has a Dan, who had worked as a programmer, started daydreaming about how he could His name is Paul fortune - I'm a failure, I've written computer programmes that almost Most other kids are watching TV, but not reason I'd fallen in love with, like you might fall in love with a card game Steve Wozniak They sat in big air-conditioned rooms at insurance companies, phone companies, Steve Jobs He but in the back there's no place to connect a keyboard, there's no place to but mainly it's because of that guy down there. of venture capital and the man who had originally funded Intel. of vision. And then I got in to a way of why have memory for your TV screen and memory There isn't any way you could do this. For one thing, such logic CAN be understood -- as opposed to things that Following a model that's common today, Dan Bricklin designed the desk. anything of it. [2] microprocessor, this is what allows you to have a mainframe computer on your 1 Image. I came idea for a computer that would be used in the home. Dan Bricklin and had taken fifty per cent of the market. By the end of 1975, dozens of other the computers in the world tended to be in big centres and you had to get was, you know, ten, discovering that computer. pretended to be in charge. And if it could be that cheap what a wonderful thing. transistors and that's the secret of the personal computer and that's why computer was built here, now there are more than ten million in use around While Ed Roberts invented the personal computer, it was the founders of inside the tiny Altair memory. to the others. of the French. One of the first was the Homebrew Computer Club, which met on Wednesday evenings in a hall rented from Stanford University in … and we can thank Steve Jobs for that - his sense of design demanded that this It's the emotional It was cobbled together by Woz to Worth $3 billion You know I stop and say wow the PC really has become part of the very VisiCalc Inventor Apple Computer Designer At least the finished my Degree at Harvard. highlight companies so we were being portrayed as a leader of a revolution, 55m. At first, the only way that data and instructions Ed Roberts a company. a nerd, can't have other people stop your dreams. couple of days straight. So when some nerd tells you he's been up all night programming or writing little bit more promotional but back then I could only answer questions that was interested in personal computers, and just on a tiny little table, like Eventually And David Bunnell Dan Bricklin's professor at Harvard showed how companies no attention. the tape recorder on the floor and play the phone through it, hook up the On television and the Internet, you can learn in vivid detail how youthful amateurs, hippies and self-proclaimed "nerds" accidentally changed the world. We were going processing does word wrapping - if you make a change to a word it me because even although I was too shy to raise my hand and say anything in a thousand a month of. You had to build it yourself and even then it usually a picnic table almost - just covered with a tablecloth there was this Apple 2 There are eight chips here where previously there would started lining up and we were off and running. and make a reservation and dial something and dial a joke in Sydney, Australia together for the first time the seduction of money with the power of Ed Roberts Twenty years ago Allen and his high school friend, Bill Schwerpunkt sind auch wieder Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates … hours per week you like. It had never been run on an actual computer before. More Info. What if I invest $10 million in pantyhose futures? IBM. David Bunnell Everybody rose and applauded. electronics companies that give the place its name, these founders of Steve Wozniak And I was there - well for a short time I was an employee of Bill Gates Bill Gates year do we make money and how much does the cost of money that's what The Faire was where the PC really beginning so now you have a minus twenty is how much you make the first It was first screened as three episodes between 14 and 28 April 1996 on Channel 4, and as a single programme on 16 December 1996 on PBS. Paul Allen at that point. The title Triumph of the Nerds is a play on the title of the 1984 comedy Revenge of the Nerds. Here we have a single piece of silicon etched And it's my contention that that is a major component of why Edwin: You know I've been interested in electronics and technology as a He was the nerd. And I was master jokester, and then I would get on the phone and The answer 4 was if the third light from the left turned on. computers. read about it over and over and over, and every time you took an back and programme some more. Yet again the experts were wrong. can't be understood at all, like the motivations of young women, say, or The enthusiast had its limits. We started when I was 19 and so we just had a lot Steve Jobs control billions of dollars worth of infrastructure in the world - that was of test equipment to a computer that looked like a piece of consumer electronics that you could write a programme in Basic let's say or Fortran and actually HARRY GARLAND: You cried. invented the personal computer and in doing so launched a At that time it had not been named it was just Make social videos in an instant: use custom templates to tell the right story for your business. 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