ICFA 2009, Talking about Apples and PCs

Last night, Ritch and I were talking about our iPhones (he has a 3G and mine is first gen) and Macs (he has three and I have my unibody MacBook).  Our discussion made me think back to some of the books that I’ve read about Steve Jobs, Apple, and Apple culture in general.  It has been a number of years since I last fulfilled my reading fascination with Apple, but I would recommend these books and films for anyone interested in learning more about Apple:

Insanely Great (2000) by the fantastic technology writer Steven Levy.  His official website is here.

Accidental Empires: How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions, Battle Foreign Competition, and Still Can’t Get a Date  (1996) by Robert X. Cringely.  Read his I, Cringley blog on pbs.org here.

And, I have yet to read Andy Hertzfeld’s Revolution in the Valley:  The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac was Made (2004).  You can out more about Hertzfeld’s book, and read other stories about the early days at Apple on his website here.

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Jason W. Ellis

I am an Associate Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology. Also, I coordinate the City Tech Science Fiction Collection, which holds more than 600 linear feet of magazines, anthologies, novels, and research publications.