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Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer that Changed Everything

Insanely Great The Life and Times of Macintosh the Computer that Changed Everything The creation of the Mac in catapulted America into the digital millennium captured a fanatic cult audience and transformed the computer industry into an unprecedented mix of technology economi

  • Title: Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer that Changed Everything
  • Author: Steven Levy
  • ISBN: 9780140291773
  • Page: 218
  • Format: Paperback
  • The creation of the Mac in 1984 catapulted America into the digital millennium, captured a fanatic cult audience, and transformed the computer industry into an unprecedented mix of technology, economics, and show business Now veteran technology writer and Newsweek senior editor Steven Levy zooms in on the great machine and the fortunes of the unique company responsible foThe creation of the Mac in 1984 catapulted America into the digital millennium, captured a fanatic cult audience, and transformed the computer industry into an unprecedented mix of technology, economics, and show business Now veteran technology writer and Newsweek senior editor Steven Levy zooms in on the great machine and the fortunes of the unique company responsible for its evolution Loaded with anecdote and insight, and peppered with sharp commentary, Insanely Great is the definitive book on the most important computer ever made It is a must have for anyone curious about how we got to the interactive age.

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    About "Steven Levy"

    1. Steven Levy

      Steven Levy born 1951 is an American journalist who has written several books on computers, technology, cryptography, the Internet, cybersecurity, and privacy Levy is chief technology writer and a senior editor for Newsweek, writing mainly in the Science Technology section He also writes the column Random Access in the monthly feature Focus On Technology Levy is also a contributor to Wired, and has had articles published on Harper s, Macworld, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Premiere, and Rolling Stone He is regarded along with Walter Mossberg as a prominent and respected critic of Apple Computer In July 2004, Levy wrote a cover story which also featured an interview with Apple CEO Steve Jobs which unveiled the 4th generation of the iPod to the world before Apple had officially done so, an unusual event since Apple is well known for its tight lipped press policy.

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    1. I fell under the spell of Steve Jobs after finishing Walter Isaacson s biography of him, and fortunately I m slowly stepping out of the glow of the reality distortion field What hasn t changed since my reading of Isaacson s biography however, is an admiration and fascination with the personal computer movement and the way it crafted a rhetoric of computers as a means of changing the world As such I ve been looking for books which explore the Apple Phenomena and Steven Levys book does just that.N [...]


    2. A good overview of how the Macintosh came to be and of the people who made it happen.Steven Levy is a writer who seems to divide opinions I liked his earlier book Hackers a lot , and this book continues with the same style, although this time solely focused on Apple and Macintosh This time a couple of his stylistic devices rubbed me the wrong way, though he seems to have a real penchant for obscure words with perfectly good common alternatives This style of writing can come across as pretentious [...]


    3. The ebook is a reissue of an older book, originally published in 1994 The author has added a couple of appendices, one of which is his essay, In Memory of Steve Jobs, 1955 2011, and the other a lengthy interview with Steve Jobs that took place shortly before the Macintosh launch 1984 I enjoyed this review of the Mac s development, the fervor and frenzy and commitment I ve been a Mac user since 1991, but had forgotten a lot of the details e.g names of display features, software, etc and how slow [...]


    4. Reading a new old book I picked from Phoenix used bookstore in Amsterdam near my apartment.The book is called Insanely Grea the life and times of Macintosh, the computer that changed everything I am reading now about the incredibly intelligent visionaries of the sixties and seventies who visualized what a computer could be and do Things that are today part of our everyday vocabulary like desktop, windows, mouse, informations ape and others were leaps of imagination beyond belief.Then come the ho [...]


    5. The Kindle edition of the latest edition of the book, which adds a lengthly 1983 Steve Jobs interview transcript, is available, as I type this, for 4.99 I read the original hardcover edition in 1994, but rereading it and the Jobs interview and an afterword from the 2000 edition was a fascinating experience I d give the latest Kindle edition 5 stars if it weren t for some glaring typos and an obvious factual error that went uncorrected from the 2000 revision Levy asserted, in reference to 1997 Ma [...]


    6. An excellent look at the rise and challenges of the Macintosh To me, this book was a bit of a trip down memory lane I remember some of the very applications that Levy describes I remember the frustrations of first using a personal computer, but didn t know the backstory behind the development of the Mac Rife with interesting parables from key players like Atkinson and Woz, this is a really interesting book that ages surprisingly well.


    7. This was decent, although 20 years old I like Steven Levy and this was read by him, which made it better The afterword and other updates to the audiobook after Jobs death as well as a very recent roundtable discussion among some of the key players were nice additions to this edition It was fun to go back in time to remember how many things we take for granted were really innovative back then.


    8. Even though I ve heard this story at least 100 times now, the author was still able to make it interesting and added a couple little tidbits that I hadn t heard before.I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about the creation of the Macintosh without all of the technical jargon.




    9. The history of THE most important computer of all time, by a person very close to the action but also with the distance from it to tell the story with all it s aspects Great book for those looking to get to know the innovations that defines almost all user interfaces that we see today from windows and mac computers, to the android and iphone smartphones.The only thing that I would have wanted was an updated version also including the lines drawn all the way to the UI s of today that would have m [...]


    10. Not a particularly impressive one of these technological Silicon Valley deep dive profiles, and they re all usually pretty fawning and low information content It wasn t unpleasant to read, but I wouldn t really recommend it.



    11. Nowhere near as comprehensive as I expected, and filled with minor errors and inconsistencies Still, there were a couple of anecdotes that I hadn t heard previously, and it was a pleasant read.



    12. Interesting story behind the creation of the Macintosh computer and the general history of Apple What was fascinating was learning about the people who designed these computers Many of them were musicians, poets, artists who happen to be computer engineers as well I was particularly impressed with the man who initially launched the Mac project for Apple, Jef Raskin, who majored in Philosophy and Engineering, taught computer science classes and conducted the San Francisco Chamber Opera Society an [...]


    13. Any Mac aficionado will love this book I am very aware of Steven Levy s writing He is one of the best technology chronologist of our time Even though I am not a Mac User, I really enjoyed listening about how Apple got started There is a secret hidden gem about Apple and their stories This company is like a blockbuster movie, lights, action, and drama There is no other tech company out there like Apple that keep their consumers wanting I don t see multiple books about Intel, but there is always [...]


    14. The tale of the original Macintosh is very interesting This book, as it was written 10 years since the Macintosh entered the marketplace, covers a lot of details that have been skipped in recent versions of Apple history Therefore it is an interesting addition to the collection Levy gives us insight in the struggles and the amazing accomplishments of the team, like overlapping windows The audiobook version also covers an interview with Bill Atkinson and Joanna Hoffman on being part of the origi [...]


    15. This book is provides a great overview of all the personalities, quirkiness, ideas, difficulties, and ultimately, as the title suggests, genius behind the development of the Macintosh computer The narrative can be slow a bit at times but it s a fun read and one I would definitely recommend for anyone interested in business and or computers The divide between the engineers and those focused on the business side in the computer industry is certainly highlighted throughout the book but is by no mea [...]


    16. Written in 94, the book might appear to be dated to some, but serves as an excellent perspective on the history of technological device development and the history of Apple Even by 94, it assumed that windowed environments had become the standard operating interface for users and in the last chapter presaged devices such as the Iphone and Kinect It wasn t until 95, and Windows 95, that the majority of business machines were running a windowed interface DOS held on for a long long time in the bus [...]


    17. Levy goes about reporting his experiences covering the Mac developments sometimes mixing Apple history with his own Things also get specific while describing key design decisions and killing apps like PageMaker But the fun here comes from the great pirate within Jobs daring to design something insanely great a hell of fun of course.


    18. A good history of the initial development of the Mac Published shortly after Jobs return to Apple, so don t expect much of the recent history, but it s a decent chronicle of the original Mac project.


    19. Not Levy at his best It s an enjoyable story despite the sloppy writing Especially at the beginning when he tries to explain things, it s not that he oversimplifies, it s that he misunderstands his own subject There are even errors that any editor should have caught, regardless of knowledge.


    20. An interesting look at the history of personal computers and of course the Mac Would be hard to recommend to anyone unless they had a interest in computers.






    21. Finally A book about the Mac that gives credit where credit is due Interesting read even for those who may not be too tech savvy but love a good history lesson.


    22. Excellent look into the making of the macintosh A very interestig read for anyone who finds technology interesting.


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