Nerd Pride Friday: Triumph of the Nerds

This Friday, I thought I’d highlight one of my favorite and nerdiest documentaries of the technology industry.  Given the presence of the late Steve Jobs in the media lately – his loss to cancer, the new Walter Issaccon biography, and Apple’s re-creation of personal computing – I thought it would be nice to reflect upon Jobs’ first major impact into our technological lives. 

15 years ago, PBS created a documentary called Triumph of the Nerds:  An Irreverent History of the PC Industry.  It was hosted by Bob Cringely, who at the time wrote a column for InfoWorld about the goings-on of Silicon Valley and now writes a weekely column, I, Cringely.  In it, Cringely humorously and effectively describes how Steve Jobs and Bill Gates created the PC industry as we know it. 

I was always impressed with this documentary and the impact the subjects (especially Jobs) had on our lives through their business and technology pursuits.  I personally think it’s amazing and worth your time watching.  They made another documentary about the history of the Internet:  Nerds 2.0.1 - this second documentary was done in 1998 and the Internet as we know it was probably only three years old or so…

I serve as Director of Data Science & Analytics Engineering at Areté Associates. I've also served in leadership positions with Elanix, Inc. (now Agilent Technologies) and Mentor Graphics. I live in Thousand Oaks, CA, where I've served the public as Chair of our city's Planning Commission and our county's Tobacco Settlement Allocation Committee. I have been married to my wife Stephanie since 1993, and we have a wonderful daugther Monroe. Learn more about me »

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