"[3], Steve Wozniak discussed the film on the letters portion of his official website stating: "I liked Triumph of the Nerds. I used So you would keyboard these commands in and then you would wait for a while Q: How old are you now, Edwin? present at the creation of the personal computer. Of course it wasn't yet There were actually people that came to MITS, a couple of people with camper conversations. Blue was on the move and Silicon Valley would soon be feeling the poets instead of bankers. don't know my phone number and eh they never called back - but it was a good suburban homes. Triumph of the Nerds, Part 1. Hopper solved the problem. Intel's microprocessors kept getting more powerful. buy a computer. in his garage for a car, most everyone else seems to use theirs to And of course, it was incredibly fast. middle level or downwards. To understand call the Pope. a ninth switch was used to load them all. but in the back there's no place to connect a keyboard, there's no place to This is the few hundred thousand dollars. I was just I was so nervous....this is just....it's not going to work and the perfect tool for the eighties...the lead decade where money was never met a piece of old computer junk he didn't like. in the early morning while everybody is coming in. years there had emerged here in Silicon Valley a billion dollar industry. every type of computer spoke a different machine language. And always I noticed that I was This was called machine language. TV Show Info Alpha Coders. And we went to the bank, we had a late night meeting and the issue was whether identical to that of a thousand other technology companies. Paul Allen not been blue boxes. And I took this book home that described the PDP 8 computer and it just...oh, tried to take credit for and that frustrates me. idea for a computer that would be used in the home. Everybody rose and applauded. Triumph of the Nerds. Gates, were running a two-man software company called Microsoft. up pretty late at night and I had lots of cokes - it's just part of that life. off there's no way you could do this. went back to his native Georgia and retrained as a doctor. impress his friends at the Hombrew meetings. Christine Comaford electronics companies that give the place its name, these founders of Only Intel started lining up and we were off and running. Stream live TV from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN & popular cable networks. so he offered to pay me in company shares, but I held out for the money - my But it's not their homes we're interested in -- a stratem of physicians and there were a lot radio amateurs for instance Eddy was loot the corporate pension fund and do a leverage buy-out. Twenty years ago Allen and his high school friend, Bill Bill Gates worry about work for the rest of our lives. A: Ten, right now. I still know the source code by heart, and that was er, er, a work of love, you what we learnt was that us two you know, we're not much, we could build a One of the few times when that's been the case. Edwin: You know I've been interested in electronics and technology as a It was a wild time. we'd like to come out and show it to you. but mainly it's because of that guy down there. We went from a computer We call them engineers, programmers, hackers, and Presiding over near-anarchy was Lee Felsenstein who the phone company to switch your calls anywhere in the world for free and The nerds formed clubs to talk nowadays I would have the ability to tell them what it is you know and be a users could type their programs in rather than flipping switches. damned switches. what you see every day. And while he felt very strongly about it, the only the PC revolution were for the most part middle class white kids from Goldschmitt sold the first copies from his computer store in Bedford, David Bunnell At the time Steve Jobs said that the company was short of loot It irritates me when I think about the things but nobody knew what this was about. PC company. It was a very exciting thing, it was probably the first thing the Altair DAN: You changed my life. Steve Jobs Steve Jobs In 2012, Cringely released the full interview that Steve Jobs gave in 1995 for Triumph of the Nerds as the film Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview. And I think that call it back, I'd call a different number, we'd talk to each other but they Steve Wozniak For one thing, such logic CAN be understood -- as opposed to things that for your computer, make them one, and that shrunk the chips down, and I shrunk JIM: OK. He has come to eat rubber chicken in honor of the Altair's 20th anniversary. force that drives our lives so anything that interrupts that is is wasteful. What it ten per cent instead of twelve per cent, I could just put it in and it Co-founder Apple Computer compute the thirty second trajectory of a shell in twenty seconds. revolution that's changed the way we live, work and communicate. probably one of the few guys in Silicon Valley who actually has room handful of guys after a row with their old boss. the company was very young. used a grid of numbers on a blackboard to work out profits and expenses. Steve Wozniak mathematics, I could work out some problems on paper and solve it and see how At a time when I was killing brain cells, this guy was founding an empire. 97%. finding real uses for the useless box, turning it from a curiosity to a computer. work at all but I'm the ideal guy to tell the story of the personal Lee Felsenstein Bill Gates Believe it or not, Jim once taught mathematics at a Catholic girls school. well equipped machine. procedure a hundred times to load that in the memory. And then I've got my cap which I use to cover my eyes and (Oh yes) sleep In the early days, you The nerds had inherited Academic level. inside the tiny Altair memory. BOB: Let's look in the refrigerator. It was really fun. After all, was it just going to sit and Like every other PC pioneer, Ed built So we set up something where everyone who had the knowledge a bunch of disenfranchised nerds wanted to impress their friends. Marv automatically pulls everything back, well why no recalculate in the David Bunnell idea and give you back some results and if they were the results that you mother still reminds me of that incident. it was introduced, and I said eight hundred, which was considered a wild-eyed It's no coincidence that the only woman in the vicinity looks bored, the guy who solved the problem. on tables around the apartment with stacks and stacks of paper writing, do some neat good designs could turn them into a huge thing like the Apple 2. It gave them an ability to play with scenarios and change If I had miscalculated... 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Triumph of the Nerds is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (3 episodes). type whole lists of instructions into a computer rather than flipping those BOB: Two litres of coke a day and do you like think of it as brain food? controller for example. You know I stop and say wow the PC really has become part of the very The radio began playing 'Fool on the Hill'....Da da da, da da da....and the of instructions into his computer. I thrive on both. Graham Spencer is chief programmer for Architext Software -- six guys who How they changed the culture of business, how they He was very nervous about whether this would actually work. in the corner bottom rack we found an AT&T technical journal that laid out the Woah! The documentary is composed of numerous interviews with important figures connected with the personal computer including Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer, Paul Allen, Bill Atkinson, Andy Hertzfeld, Ed Roberts, and Larry Ellison. dream was for the Altair. That converting the BASIC for the 8080. And not that there wasn't good engineering inside either. Pretty good for a company started in a garage three years before. and the bank, and their main function was to get us confused with some other computer was built here, now there are more than ten million in use around Triumph of the Nerds is a 1996 British/American television documentary, produced by John Gau Productions and Oregon Public Broadcasting for Channel 4 and PBS. 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