Skip the iPhone, the iPod, and the Macintosh. If you want to
understand how Apple Inc. became an industry behemoth, look no
further than the 1977 Apple II. Designed by the brilliant engineer
Steve Wozniak and hustled into the marketplace by his Apple
cofounder Steve Jobs, the Apple II became one of the most
prominent personal computers of this dawning industry.
The Apple II was a versatile piece of hardware, but its most
compelling story isn’t found in the feat of its engineering, the
personalities of Apple’s founders, or the way it set the stage for
the company’s multi-billion-dollar future. Instead, as historian
Laine Nooney shows, what made the Apple II iconic was its
software. In software, we discover the material reasons people
bought computers. Not to hack, but to play. Not to code, but to
calculate. Not to program, but to print. The story of personal
computing in the United States is not about the evolution of
hackers — it’s about the rise of everyday users.
Did I preorder a copy immediately? Come on, you know the answer.