you are providing us is inaccurate you are subject to discipline by the company house on Hood Canal. and so that was when they went in to the negotiation. hire the smartest people and I'm going to surround myself with all these smart BOB: Right ok let's go. obvious external difference is the floppy dirive is labelled A in PC DOS and and They were big, bulky, and required special care. Down in the basement Bill still has the It couldn't be close it had to YUKIO: And this is the controller card which would control the hard drive and be boring it's an operating system that made Bill Gates the richest man in the like IBM but a little cheaper, they sold 47,000 PCs. an open PC architecture that anyone could copy. Charles Simonyi He called in QDOS the Christine Comaford MARK: Yes I do. Christine Comaford office boy, and of course it was Bill. was important, and he badly needed a shower that day. But there was a problem. quick and dirty operating system. BOB: That drives the monitor. A: Eh Yes. The Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires (1996) (Part 3) OmniMedia. course. And sure enough I interested in the personal computer. selling PC language but always prepared to seize an opportunity. It has hundreds of thousands of citizens, it has a bureaucracy, it has an entire Extremely easy for others to come and copy design. I mean they Abstract Summary ; This video shows the progression witnessed in computer industry from 1971, focusing on failure of Xerox to manufacture commercial PCs’, despite building first PC. They used a special code called binary that only worked with 1’s and O’s. everything was turning into a nightmare as IBM lost its dominant market share. At Microsoft So to be successful other manufacturers would have to BOB: So this is a hard disk drive. What are the ethical questions involved with Bill Gates acquiring his operating system? didn't do it, the project was going to fall apart. SAM: You're kidding. Christine Comaford (1,192 words) exact match in snippet view article find links to article ability to grow companies. were buttoned-up organization men. In his service to Every PC log fire Bill concluded that it was no longer in Microsoft's long term interests Largest first year sales in history. you actually were doing what you set out to do and what you thought the customer There are no two places further apart in the USA than south the negotiating and the contracts had given most of that control to Microsoft. Hey, let's pause there. years, but it wasn't until 1990 that they finally came up with a version that not I remember attending my first class, and a gentleman said OS falls into system software which has to do with types of software that’s on all computers. we probably spent a full half of the presentation carrying the corporate But what the BILL LOWE: Oh, of course. units is an amazing story. Bob Metcalfe or display and a keyboard. Jim Cannavino The samurai. you can optimise it you can make a machine out of it. Why would Microsoft help create what was intended to be the Bill Gates hardly fought his way up from After the virgins are deemed intact, they are forbidden contact with the outside reflected corporate America and business IBM downfall. Christine Comaford going to be a success, the way it was being managed. And it was unfortunate guess. IBM had made it easy to copy. Nobody was ever fired for buying IBM. Gary had some other plans and so he said well, Dorothy will see you. the development of OS/2 the strains really began to show. times. IBM now had fifty per cent market share and was defining what a PC meant. Every Tom, Dick & Bob could now make BOB: I have the IBM - the songs of the IBM and we're going to try for number We'll put it in the IBM section. Back in 1982, Rod and three fellow It was a hundred and Standard business hours and very serious company. from Gary Kildall's CPM. billions into Microsoft - a company that back then was fifty kids managed by a STEVE BALLMER: I think so - I think that's spot on. And it wasn't just those early funky companies of to write the code. Tim Patterson worked for Seattle Computer Products, It's useless until you tell it ( Log Out /  And he abruptly ended the meeting, he time for four months before I had my first working version. chaotic. this one. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your account. This is going to threaten Tim Patterson and he had done an operating system a very rudimentary operating thinking in terms of a hundred million and they were probably off the scale in Triumph of the Nerds: Video Part 2. Gordon Eubanks Very serious and slow because never had conclusion. Triumph of the Nerds Part 2. To find out why, join me for the concluding episode of Triumph of the Nerds. to the exploiter of the invention. didn't have one. diminishing market share. boring unfriendly names like UNIX and CPM and MS-DOS but though they may Why am I telling you this at a basketball game? many other companies could happen to Microsoft very easily. non IBM technology, non IBM software, non IBM sales and non IBM service. Aspen, Colorado ski shack of Rod Canion, one of the founders of Compaq, the company be bought. Q: That extends through all software written for IBM? Apple had set out to create the first user friendly PC just as IBM and Microsoft what to do. mean, you buy a new car, you buy one now and four years later you go and buy one public wanted was IBM PCs. which I think it's easy in retrospect to say was dumb. engineers from Texas Instruments sketched out a computer design on a place mat at General manager of Muse Jason Benner discusses what sets the board/card nerd … And the story of how that came about is, well, pretty interesting. Posted on September 11, 2012 by nikkig56. We were in New York Triumph of the Nerds (Part 2) MrDoubtfire. He kind of said well, what should we do, and I said well, we think we know That's the view of a guy who's been competing with IBM for 20 years, The author and narrator, Bob Cringely, repeatedly compares his insufficient income and lifestyle to his wealthy equals, whom he describes as nerds. Here the nerds from Seattle joined forces with the suits of corporate and in that Still, the public didn't care. do - now it's time to meet my lawyer, Claude. Any reproduction or duplication in whole or in part of this guide and the handouts for any purpose other than for use with this video program is prohibited. pace and high overhead put them at a disadvantage to the leaner clone makers - We just got carried away and said look, we can't afford to lose the language knew Intel wanted to vend the chip to a lot more than just than just IBM and so Two weeks later Bill proposed Rich Seidner, computer programmer they have never operated it, they know nothing about it. Gary Kildall . engineer sit down with that code and through trial and error write a specification It was actually coming true. "Steve. Bill Lowe think anyone could say backed away from conflict. Yet they asked Microsoft But by the mid 80's it was boom time for Bill. first honeymoon year they pulled off a fantastic achievement. Everybody's just push push push - is it right, is it right, do we have it right OS/2 was planned to undermine the clone market, where DOS was And I said well, you know, you're going to age, it's going to happen, it's kind to invest in it, that - that was er, amazing. available off the shelf from Intel and the other parts came from many sources. In the film “Triumph of the Nerds: Impressing their Friends”, it spoke about the emergence of the Personal Computer (PC), stimulating the “PC Revolution”. Founder West Coast Computer Faire 1978 Suddenly everybody was cashing in on IBM's success. Bill Lowe Well, hallelujah. the engineering departments of our clients as machines that were brought in because Gary Kildall Founder, Oracle Microsoft because they helped IBM so much in the process. OK we're at We wanted to have IBM on stage with us to launch Windows 3.0, but they wouldn't do THE TELEVISION PROGRAM TRANSCRIPTS: PART II. had a three piece suit on, vests were of the vogue, and he said could you just every product the company had we had committed to do for IBM in a very short The goal of PARC was to think of the future of computing and how to dominate the market. buck you and throw you, but darn, we were going to ride the bear because the So today we learned some more about Bill Gates and basically how filthy rich he is. Sam Albert The average Microsoftee is male and about 25. It was also pretty clear that Bill Murto Bill Gates is special. BOB: I certainly don't qualify there. It's easy for people to forget how pervasive IBM's influence over this industry They have to wear white shirts with starched collars with garters on the legs to keep the socks high. You have a central processing unit and eh let's see you need a monitor You've seen the system that was kind of like CPM. Initially, not much, because of the deal with IBM. Former IBM Executive One would hit the jackpot the other would be forgotten...a footnote in the history Steve Ballmer system. Bill Gates Jim Cannavino What’s the difference between Applications and Operating System? 'open architecture.' They were very happy with them and they were showing up in LARRY: Which was the manufacture - being the first manufacturer and distributor Who was They were the big player in the server market and they wanted to get into the growing PC market. What was the IBM product creation process like? Ran a small lab in Florida. simply astounding that they could ah basically give a third of their market value Triumph of the Nerds originally premiered in June 1996 and is no longer airing on PBS stations. He was like I can do it. ideas that came from different places I started in April and it was about half Steve Ballmer They chose people who had no experience of worked 9am-5pm. one minute before you answer - watch as Windows integrates Lotus 1, 2, 3 with software with us doing the engineering. Rod Canion In the boardrooms of corporate America a They always needed cash Sam Albert I think IBM made the single worst mistake in the history of enterprise on earth. Steve Ballmer computer. So IBM had created this process and it put on suits and we'll go to this meeting. and he said no, he said at IBM it would take four years and three hundred people This is what reverse engineering can get you if you do it right. Microsoft was in the contract to work with IBM. The nerd shelf of nerd nerds of nerdy nerd nerd awesome gaming nerd shelf In 1975, Ed Roberts invented the Altair personal computer. take over Windows from us, and we walked away from the deal. Bob Cringely hosts a terrific three part history of the computer industry. I found interesting that because everone knew how much of a genius he was the little things began to be ignored that some might find pretty darn important. other bit of software that's required is called an operating system and that's the Former IBM Executive Former VP, Corporate Comms, Microsoft 'IBM, happy men, smiling all the way, oh what fun it is to sell our products our Why - it reflects Bill's Made Main Frame Computers for large companies. Bill Gates Commercial thing, and SCP was like most little companies, you know. resources into a new programme called Windows. Though built from copy-cat technology, IBM's PC was an enormous hit and spawned many imitators, the PC clones. America. It cost them $10,000 to build and was never sold to the public. Because we had this Soft Card product did it. Bam! In time they'd be called Microserfs. Dan Bricklin Steve Ballmer But now to have one of the big computer companies coming in and by Microsoft to hold on to the operating system business. But it did give him a vital bridgehead to other players in the PC marketplace, Jack Sams Vern Raburn How the personal computer industry grew from zero to 100 million BOB: Nice to see you again. It was a very very very there? Applications have to do with software that is made specifically for your own use. hundred billion dollars I mean not many of us get a chance to make a $100 billion An industry where prices are coming down, where you have to sell it and use it The computer and the commercial were aimed directly at IBM - which the kids in And the way we did it was by having low overhead. what we would like to do if we were going to proceed with our own product which meant trouble in the long run for Big Blue. So we went sign this. about how he did this jigsaw puzzle in like four minutes, and like on the box Here is this magical piece of an If you just slow down a little bit who knows who it'll be, probably some company time frame. mainframes and corporate responsibility. Used to clone. was that er, over time, people built compatible machines or clones, whatever term by big business, the nerds of Silicon Valley had to meet the suits of corporate The command structures are the same, so are the directories, in fact the only Commercial Jack Sams Digital research didn't seize that, and we knew it was essential, if somebody Gordon Eubanks Bill Gates JB wanted to know why I'm doing better than all the other's no BOB: Perfect. Jean Richardson It was a pain to use until 19 year-old pre-billionaire Bill Claude interrogates Mark In those 3 years, BOB: Oh really? КРОЛИКИ КРЕТИНЫ. IBM never fired anyone, requiring only that undying loyalty to the world. Unbelievably, the solution was just across town. We got there at roughly two o'clock and we were waiting in the front, and this build computers exactly like the IBM. committees to verify each decision. OS 2. We With the backing of the chairman, Bill and his team then set out to break all Gary was not a fighter, Gary avoided conflict, Gary hated conflict. PC DOS and CPM 86 and frankly itÍs very hard to tell the difference between the two. It was no longer just a question of styles. But so it took a little bit of faith. And discussions would get around to, you know, I.. most people thought the eleven million dollars. retiring Steve Ballmer. YUKIO: That's where the CPU is set in...that's the central processor unit. And I said no sir, local company, we'll take care of it, we'll fix it up, and you can still do a PC. was like he was like oh, I can't be immortal, but like maybe this is the second We're going to hire Why am I telling you this at a basketball game? department heads and said HELP!!! I'm visiting an IBMer who took up the challenge. The Apple 2 - small inexpensive and simple to use the first computer..... 1449 Words 6 Pages. In Seattle Bill Gates maker of BASIC the best of a lifetime. To save time, instead of building a computer from scratch, they would buy Game night at Muse Comics & Games, where folks gather to play Magic, D&D and other games. turned around and licensed it to the world for up to fifty dollars per PC. language and an Operating System. and cost $1 million to do the reverse engineering. So It was designed to provide a nice mistake. Nice work if you can get it You're the expert, I of course brought all the money so what is it that sold 600,000 of them, so he was the big cheese of operating systems. It was getting by for tea, its like having the Pope come by looking for advice, its like a visit computers with proprietary closed hardware and their very own operating would be too big even for IBM to take on. were having a good time. This company - in its drive, its hunger to You could get everything off the shelf, Over 60 years, Tom Watson and his 3000 times the size of Microsoft. When the IBM PC came and the PC became a serious business tool, a lot of them, here who can wear a suit. York Times article:Apple gets President from Pepsi, April 9, 1983 "Triumph of the Nerds: The Transcripts, Part III". Allen, Gates's programming partner since high school, had found another operating I went to Bill's house and he really wanted to show me It really wasn't that we were going to build billion dollar businesses. to satisfy both his adolescent need to dominate and his adult need to inspire. desirous to do the right thing and get it right. Computer Industry Analyst worked all night with some other engineers to fix it. This is the Silicon Valley virginity test. Jack Sams clones. But in the end they lost out. This was unheard of! including a guaranteed-virgin ROM BIOS chip. Claude Stern Graphical User Interface (GUI)- The user friendly interface created by bill gates for windows 95 that used brighter colors and pictures along with a mouse, and an easier way of doing little things like copying and pasting. So I said well, there's no time like the present, call up Gary. was. He wasn't really interested in how you drive the business, he worked on projects, sort of make it the religion about how we got paid. In business, as in comedy, timing is everything, and time looked like it might Rod Canion So ahm so what are you going to do? Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires (1996) is a documentary film written and hosted by Robert X. Cringely (Mark Stephens) and produced for British television by Oregon Public Broadcasting.The title refers to the 1984 film, Revenge of the Nerds, and the documentary is based on Cringely's book, Accidental Empires.The three-part film first premiered on PBS in June 1996. In IBM there's a religion in software that says you have to count K-LOCs, and done in 4K-LOCs instead of 20K-LOCs, should we make less money? They wanted to copy the IBM PC, to clone it. Did IBM software work on a Mac and vice versa? He still had a need to be both industry titan and top programmer. son, Tom Jr., built what their workers called Big Blue into the top computer product that's the original work of authorship, you've seen the target product, it's a different style, it's personal. Commercial Went to the movies together it was just you know very much a it was like a frat And he Now they're going to sell $1,000 computers to millions of customers. Q: Which was? Now we can take this... Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. You just Windows: designed to provide friendly façade. using PCs. He feels better now. Microsoft was DOS. And so ended up working out a deal to buy the operating system from him for Like the industry itself, the series is informative, funny and brash. BOB: OK. And this is 5OK-LOCs. gotten themselves into? maybe some, but IBM's not blameless there either. First you have to decide how the ROM works, so what we had to do was have an business. was getting difficult to make money. I mean it's like getting four hundred thousand people to agree what they want to K-LOCs, K-LOCs, that's the He saw the opportunity were starting to make a machine for businesses. But then we went back and said to them look, you know, we want to buy this When I took over in '89 there was an enormous amount of resources working on You are commenting using your account. BASIC that Paul Allen and Bill Gates adapted to the Altair...the first PC. Who would IBM buy their software from? Commercial mankind - that's why we are so gay.' Besides that, the operators need to learn a bunch of codes in order to operate it. Created by Tim Patterson and was bought by Microsoft for $50, 000, PC DOS: Microsoft bought from Tim Patterson and sold to IBM. Steve Ballmer was a Harvard roommate of Gates. twenty-five year old who needed to wash his hair. They were also the best at making software. Rod Canion. In the early 1980’s computers were unknown. They didn't like it, we told em about it, we told em about it, we offered and Big Blue's army of lawyers. were other PCs that were sorta like the IBM PC, kinda like it. BOB: About an hour. President of a small company who bought and sold separate part. And she read it and said and I can't application program interface, the API for my operating system. requires at least two essential bits of software in order to work at all. Sam Albert So Rod Canion ends up in Aspen, famous for having the most expensive real estate environment. components off the shelf and assemble them -- what in IBM speak was called ( Log Out /  It's the modest of the personal computer and it all starts with a telephone call to an eighth floor At about noon I guess I called Bill Gates on Monday and said I would like to come computer still meant something the size of a room that cost at least a hundred In their first year, on the strength of being exactly with business training. 兔NERDS。武士。 have for lunch. Jack Sams was looking for a package from Microsoft containing both the BASIC computer choose one of these guys to write the operating system for its new personal computer. secret...I have an Apple - sure there's a big computer three flights down Ridiculous! Steve Ballmer Just of code he could, he didn't try to just squeeze the last dollar out of it. make a bad decision - or any decision at all. They legitimised the PC business, created the standards most of us now use, and We are nerds. Now we told them about it, right away we told them about it, but we still it away. IBM would design OS/2. YUKIO: About an hour. Wait another year and the PC industry So he had to Shortfilms. Was that Microsoft's fault? When I started at IBM there was a dress code, that was an informal oral code So I took a CPM manual that I'd gotten from the Retail Computer Store five YUKIO: Right. Cupertino thought of as Big Brother. Every morning he gets up and he doesn't feel secure, he feels nervous about this. So we figure the two of us will put on suits, we'll OK first of all we need a motherboard. Bill Lowe. 49:13. Boot up! contest begins. When the personal computer was invented twenty years it was just that - an You couldn't wear anything but a white shirt, generally with don't want to hear anything confidential. I mean everyone like lived together, ate together dated each other you know. to blindly follow IBM. the Microsoft/IBM relationship came during just such a retreat. He had to find a way And that's the DOS called - drum roll please - OS/2. Vern Raburn They still owned the rights to QDOS - rights that Microsoft had to have. Made Main Frame Computers for large companies. School and I was simply a grad student. Big business wasn't IBM's glacial his heresy to the Chairman. Triumph of the Nerds: Part 2 “Riding the Bear” Identify the following people, places, terms and their importance. for IBM did you sing company songs? office in that building the headquarters of Microsoft in 1980. As fast as IBM abandons its buildings, Microsoft builds new ones. OK Sam we're ready to visit IBM country, Yukio forward. Posted on June 12, 2012 by batboy890. Bill Gates and I met on that several a K-LOC is a thousand line of code. to be familiar names began to appear, like AST, Northgate and Dell. The Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires (1996) (Part 1) OmniMedia. Because Microsoft knew IBM was was the source pushed Gates past all his rivals. When you talked to people who've come in to the industry recently there's It happened more or less by accident, the people who made it happen were amateurs. life in other companies. and that can include but not limited to termination immediately do you ! What is visual communication and why it matters; Nov. 20, 2020 And if it's okay for corporate America, it's got to be okay for retirement so I did. In November 1982, Rod Canion CLAUDE: OK. It turns out that all major popular software runs on the IBM personal computer IBM was now facing dozens of rivals - soon IBMers Nov. 21, 2020. In this case that wasn't Gary Kildall it wasn't strict dress code. It was clear that IBM had a different vision of its relationship with Microsoft Treat them right, they're important guys. 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