[PDF] ✍ The Soul of a New Machine ✸ Tracy Kidder – Buyphenergan500.us

The Soul of a New Machine The Computer Revolution Brought With It New Methods Of Getting Work Done Just Look At Today S News For Reports Of Hard Driven, Highly Motivated Young Software And Online Commerce Developers Who Sacrifice Evenings And Weekends To Meet Impossible Deadlines Tracy Kidder Got A Preview Of This World In The Late 1970s When He Observed The Engineers Of Data General Design And Build A New 32 Bit Minicomputer In Just One Year His Thoughtful, Prescient Book, The Soul Of A New Machine, Tells Stories Of 35 Year Old Veteran Engineers Hiring Recent College Graduates And Encouraging Them To Work Harder And Faster On Complex And Difficult Projects, Exploiting The Youngsters Ignorance Of Normal Scheduling Processes While Engendering A New Kind Of Work Ethic.These Days, We Are Used To The Total Commitment Philosophy Of Managing Technical Creation, But Kidder Was Surprised And Even A Little Alarmed At The Obsessions And Compulsions He Found From In House Political Struggles To Workers Being Permitted To Tease Management To Marathon 24 Hour Work Sessions, The Soul Of A New Machine Explores Concepts That Already Seem Familiar, Even Old Hat, Less Than 20 Years Later Kidder Plainly Admires His Subjects While He Admits To Hopeless Confusion About Their Work, He Finds Their Dedication Heroic The Reader Wonders, Though, What Will Become Of It All, Now And In The FutureRob Lightner

[PDF] ✍ The Soul of a New Machine  ✸ Tracy Kidder – Buyphenergan500.us
  • Paperback
  • 293 pages
  • The Soul of a New Machine
  • Tracy Kidder
  • English
  • 09 February 2017
  • 0316491977

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  1. says:

    I can t believe this is not required reading for a computer architecture course In my high school Biology, H.G Wells The Time Machine was assigned to be read over the winter vacation It was a bit of a stretch, but did make the class a bitinteresting As I read Kidder describe the toil undertaken in creating this new computer working under the pressure on the brink of insanity to find those incessant bugs I thought this the perfect companion for the CS154B Computer Architecture clas I can t believe this is not required reading for a computer architecture course In my high school Biology, H.G Wells The Time Machine was assigned to be read over the winter vacation It was a ...


  2. says:

    As a shameless Tracy Kidder fan, I found this book quite extraordinary Written in 1981, it chronicles the building of a 32 bit microcomputer at Data General This was a time when the competitive environment for computer advancement was heating up to a furious pace Today, these times read like ancient history, exceptt for the fact that it was the dawning of an ag...


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    In the early 1980 s when this book was first published, the author had to communicate the complexity and labors experienced by a group of engineers as they developed the next big thing for a second rate company Most of those who read this book today have a level of computer literacy that may be beyond what the author s computer literacy was when he wrote the book Consequently there are sections where the author takes great care to convey computer concepts and operations to a reader who has nev In the early 1980 s when this book was first published, the author had to communicate the complexity and labors experienced by a group of engineers as they developed the next big thing for a second rate company Most of those who read this book today have a level of computer literacy that may be beyond what the author s computer literacy was when he wrote the book Consequently there are sections where the author takes great care to convey computer concepts and operations to a reader who has never seen a computer The modern reader might find such sections quaint or boring, while a few others, who had lived through those times will find the detail and care a nostalgic visit to past lives Bear with the author as he describes the ins and outs of Adventure and intricacies of machines that have become dinosaurs in the pantheon of technology.As so many other reviewers have mentione...


  4. says:

    The Soul of A New Machine is an engineers soap opera following a rag tag team of neophytes driven by their own Captain Ahab to build a revolutionary 32 bit computer for the now defunct Data General in the late 1970s Tracey Kiddler, the author, was given a rare opportunity as a journalist to follow the team s progress from within and his story shows an insiders knowledge He breaks down the complex technical nature of the task ...


  5. says:

    It is a testament to Tracy Kidder s skills as a writer that I found a book of ancient computer engineering to be a compelling read The story of Data General s development of a 32 bit minicomputer was somehow rendered like an adventure story through a wild landscape fill...


  6. says:

    It s the late 1970s, and minicomputer maker Data General is in trouble Their machines are getting long in the tooth programs are bumping up against the memory limit of the 16 bit architecture Who could ve thought that 64 kilobytes of RAM wouldn t be enough In desperation, a team in North Carolina was tasked with building a modern, 32 bit machine capable of addressing up to 4GB In revenge, the passed over team in Massachusetts decided they would build another 32 bit machine, on simpler lines It s ...


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    4.0 Snapshot in time in the history of computingRetells the story of the development of the first 32 bit minicomputer offering from Data General I m not nerdy old enough to really know about them Much of it centers on the defiant attitude that the engineers took to build this computer even when it appeared that Data General was doing its best not to make it happen relatively low pay, few resources, few engineers, crazy deadline But they do only about 50% over schedule , through allnight 4.0 Snapshot in time in the histo...


  8. says:

    Terrific look at a piece of computer history written at the time it was actually happening I d just read Tracey Kidder s book about writing and as a fan of computer history thought this would be a good read It was as a team puts to...


  9. says:

    About 6 years ago, a sort of scandal rocked the gaming industry related to a blog post by a woman known as EASpouse The blog post criticized EA s labor practices at the time, which required employees to work massive amounts of unpaid overtime, as they were salaried employees By massive, I mean about 12 16 hour days, 6 days a week, regularly This was a big deal among gamers, because very few of us had ever had the opportunity to peek behind the curtain like this It was likely that most of u About 6 years ago, a sort of scandal rocked the gaming industry related to a blog post by a woman known as EASpouse The blog post criticized EA s labor practices at the time, which required employees to work massive amounts of unpaid overtime, as they were salaried employees By massive, I mean about 12 16 hour days, 6 days a week, regularly This was a big deal among gamers, because very few of us had ever had the opportunity to peek behind the curtain like this It was likely that most of us viewed game development with a variation of the way that Roald Dahl as a child imagined the inside of the Cadbury Chocolate Factory near the boarding school he attended which later led to Charlie the Chocolate Factory.The Soul of a New Machine, by Tracy Kidder shows that such workin...


  10. says:

    They were building temples to God It was the sort of work that gave meaning to life That s what West and his team of engineers were looking for, I think. An incredible account of what it feels like to work in the computer industry, an accurate description of computer architecture that is still relevant today , and an all around amazing book Touches many aspects of hardware, management and the emotional intricacies of engineering.On a personal note, to me, it captures the essence of computer They were building temples to God It was the sort of work that gave meaning to life That s what West and his team of engineers were looking for, I think. An incredible account of what it feels like to work in the computer industry, an accurate description of computer architecture that is still relevant today , and an all around amazing book Touches many aspects of hardware, management and the emotional intricacies of engineering.On a personal note, to me, it captures the essence of computers and the people who make them This was a very special read to me as a computer engineering undergraduate a...

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