The Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture by Brian Dear

The Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture

The remarkable untold story of PLATO, the computer program and platform created in the 1960s, that marked the true beginning of cyberculture--a book that will rewrite the history of computing and the InternetHere is the story of the brilliant, eccentric designers, developers, and denizens (often teenagers and twentysomethings) of the PLATO system, a computer network so far...

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  • Nada
    The Friendly Orange Glow by Brian Dear is an endeavor to preserve a history that is at risk of being lost. The research put into compiling the history of the PLATO computer system is clear in the length and depth of the details and the extensive list of sources and notes. The personal interest and v...
  • Angie
    I must admit that came into this book a little wary. I could tell from the introduction that Brian Dear has a chip on his shoulder about UIUC and the midwest in general being underappreciated for their technical advancements, and it's a major complaint you'll hear anytime you get a tour of the engin...
  • Matthew
    I received an early copy of this book from Penguin's First to Read program.As a someone with a saltwater view (I didn't realize there were freshwater views, I figured it was an unpeopled land of quiet groves of trees and fields of corn and little else), I was pleased to read about something I knew v...
  • (a)lyss(a)
    "Every manager at any level had to go through a minimum of forty hours per year of PLATO lessons. In Silicon Valley, this practice is affectionately called "eating your own dog food" and was generally considered a good thing."I received a copy of this ebook from firsttoread.com in exchange for an ho...
  • Sandra
    The Friendly Orange Glow by Brian Dear. My father was a computer programmer and his first use of the computer systems was PLATO and NovaNET as part of his training to work with different platforms and be able to solve other people’s porblems. I was blessed to have one of the first in-home compu...
  • Candice
    "The Friendly Orange Glow" by Brian Dear was a fascinating tech history by a master storyteller. I knew nothing about PLATO when starting the book, as most of the events and innovation took place before I was born, but now feel as if the technology, along with people and places that built and 'hacke...
  • Doug Green
    Brian Dear has more talent as a writer than I ever imagined. This is a fun read! Thorough, thoughtful, accurate, amazingly well researched, and an entertaining hoot for anyone who lived it! I was one of those annoying young rug rats running around CERL in the early 1970's, playing and writing games ...

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