This 3 parts documentary is seriously enjoyable and very educational.
It is indeed very thorough, summarizing the evolution of PC technology in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s in a very accurate manner, highlighting all the main events and turning points and showing us today’s giants; how they started, and where they are headed.
It is not a new one, dates back to 1996, however, you will be surprised that the conclusions the aces made for the future at the end of the show were all accruate, hence why they are nerds.
The main nerds are:
Accompanied by a great cast of aces (nerds) like famous IBM CEO’s and short lived OS developers and owners at the time.
You will see them all in honest to god interviews throughout the documentary, mixed with cartoons, historical commercials and nice footages.
The documentary suggests that this triumph is rather accidental, and it comes from people who are nerds – meaning creative, casual, funny, and down to earth geeks, rather than professional suits and corporate gurus.
All the interesting stories we know a bit about are detailed like:
…and lots of other cool stuff, and the best thing is that we get to see the real reactions of the people involved and hear them talking about it.
If you are a nerd (I am) you will enjoy this one and will be so proud of what you do, if you are not you will get to learn a lot and have lots of nerd fun.
PBS production, written and hosted by Robert (Bob) Cringley.