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Dealers of Lightning the legendary story of Xeroxs Palo Alto Research Center PARC Written by Los Angeles Times corespondent Michael Hiltzik The Book brings together moments behind the research labs trailblazing technological achievements Hiltzik also gives you vast amounts of insight and information about such people as Jack Goldman Xerox chief scientists who convinced the corporation to sink tens of millions of dollars into PARC while acknowledging that it may never pay off Alan Kay PARCs philosophical soul who was ridiculed for many years envisioning a computer that could be tucked under the arm yet would contain the power to store books letters and drawings until he arrived at Palo Alto and met the people who would build it Finally Steve Jobs who staged a daring raid to obtain the technology that would end up at the heart of the Macintosh In the late 1960s Xerox founded a PARC California Eventually that facility became ground zero of the computer revolution the dinosaur era of computing a typical machine filled a large room and was shared by dozens of researchers Hiltzik credits Robert W Taylor who assembled the PARC team with changing that A psychologist rather than an engineer Taylors vision of the computer as a communications device proved to be a revolutionary idea He found his chance to realize it when Xeroxs chief scientist Jacob Goldman persuaded his superiors to launch a basic research facility along the line of ATTs famed Bell Labs Xerox management more interested in marketable products than in pure science nearly killed the center before it opened But Taylor gradually built his team of young computer hotshots and the innovations flowed mouse Ethernet even the term Personal Computer By 1973 a team led by Chuck Thacker had created Alto a computer small enough to fit under a desk The first program of the so-called Alto displayed an animated graphic as a test of the user interface Cookie Monster from Sesame
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