Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution, Steven Levy interviewed by Dale Dougherty

Levyhacker At O'Reilly Media's FOO Camp this weekend, BB pal Dale Dougherty, founder of MAKE:, interviewed Steven Levy about his seminal 1984 book Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution. The book was just republished by O'Reilly in a 25th Anniversary Edition. If you haven't read it yet, Hackers is a terrific telling of how the DIY mindset (and of course some shrewd business dealings) gave birth to the personal computer industry. The new edition includes recent interviews with Bill Gates, Mark Zukerberg, Richard Stallman, and Steven Wozniak. Hindsight is 20/20 but damn, those were different times.
"Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition" (Amazon)


  1. What I liked about the book were the several pages devoted to Mike Quinn’s in Oakland. It was an electronics surplus house that was the source of cheap chips for countless prototypes. Everyone of note was a customer.
    Mike’s was housed in an old T building near the Oakland Airport. Behind was Bill Godbout’s. Bill’s desk was in a corner. App books were piled on the floor. Up in the corner was the biggest spider web I’ve ever seen. That web was part of geek lore and was the first thing one checked out when visiting Bill.
    If you were in luck you’d run into George Morrow during your visit. It was a very special place and I’m glad that it made it into the book.
    Any Harvard MBA could have learned more about business from Mike.

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