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

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

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Steven Levy
genre:
Science and Technology

We gave it a B+

For most people these days, working on a computer is as natural as brushing one’s teeth, and working on the Macintosh-the first computer to make the leap from giant, big-brotherish machine to bubbly automated pal-is the most natural of all. That perception, and how it came about, is the subject of this generally fascinating book by a longtime computer reporter who, incidentally, started his professional life as a technophobe. Most compelling of all in Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer that Changed Everything is Levy’s description of the way the original Mac creators and their progeny fooled the rest of us ignorant mortals into thinking we were replicating familiar actions on a screen and thus demystified the computer: A mouse is simply a pointer, a monitor a desktop, and so on-you think you’re flipping a page, but you’re actually sticking your finger into cyberspace. Apple Computer cofounder Steven Jobs was fond of telling his minions they were going to make a dent in the universe; Insanely Great makes it seem more like a nuclear explosion. B+