The Silicon Jungle
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The Silicon Jungle

By David H. Rothman
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Table of Contents
  • The SILICON JUNGLE
  • Contents
  • 1 The Silicon Jungle
  • 2 The Kaypro Phenomenon: How Solana Beach Took on Silicon Valley
    • A Z80-Style Microprocessor
    • 64K Random-Access Memory (RAM)
    • Use of CP/M Software
  • 3 After the War
  • 4 WordStar: The Creators
  • 5 The Select Word Processor: Martin Dean versus the Command-Driven Restaurants
  • 6 Three Software Stories: Motorcycles, Homes, and The $200,000-a-Year Disk
    • Ed Boland: Accounting
    • Charlie Bowie: Data Base and Spreadsheet
    • Alan Scharf: Integrated Program, Including Graphics
  • 7 Graphics (or How a Mouse Helped Joe Shelton’s Friends Stop Feeling Like Rats)
    • A SALES REP (OR BROCHURE DESIGNER)
    • A CORPORATE TRAINING OFFICIAL OR TEACHER
    • A BUREAUCRAT
    • A PERSONNEL OR DIVISION MANAGER
    • AN ARCHITECT
    • A PRODUCT DESIGNER
    • A FACILITIES MANAGER
    • A CONVENTION PLANNER
    • A CORPORATE PLANNER
  • 8 People: the Who-How Solution
    • Training: How to Enjoy the Mahony Advantage
    • Training (Continued): The Dahlonega Answer
    • Micros and the Data-Processing Department
  • 9 The Hal Syndrome
    • The Canary in the Mine
    • ... Good Job Design
    • Terminal Happiness
      • THE SCREEN
      • THE KEYBOARD
      • SPECIAL ERGONOMIC FEATURES
    • Good Furniture
    • Lighting
    • Noise Reduction
    • Air Conditioning, Heat, And Ventilation
    • Healthy Honesty
      • RADIATION
      • BACK AND MUSCULAR PROBLEMS
      • PSYCHOLOGICAL COMPLAINTS
    • EYESTRAIN
    • CRTs: Should They Go Down the Tube?
  • 10 Jewels that Blip
    • Data Diddling
    • The Trojan Horse
    • The Salami Trick
    • Superzapping
    • The Trap-Door Trick
    • The Logic Bomb
    • Simulation and Modeling
    • Scavenging
    • Data Leakage
    • Wiretapping
    • Piggybacking and Impersonation
    • People and Policies: Working with the Right Ones
    • Hardware and Software
  • 11 Wired to Work
  • 12 How I Found “God,” on MCI (and a Few Other Odds and Ends About Electronic Mail)[75]
  • 13 Net Gain$
    • Do You Need One?
    • In General, Do You Know What You Want To Do—With People and Equipment?
    • How Fast Do You Want the Network to Transfer Information?
    • How Much of a Load Do You Want to Put On Your Network—and Can It Handle It?
    • Is the Network Reliable in Other Ways?
    • How Easy Must the Network be to Use?
    • What Special Features Do You Need?
    • What Kind of Protocol Does the Network
    • How Easy Is the Network to Install?
    • How Much Support Will the Manufacturer
    • A Bus
    • A Star
    • A Ring
    • Telephone Style
    • Twisted Pair
    • Shielded Wire
  • 14 As The Jungle Thickens (AKA the Great Modeming)
  • Afterword
  • BACKUP I Twenty-Six Questions to Ask at (and About) the Computer Store
  • BACKUP II A Few Grouchy Words on Printers
  • BACKUP III The Lucky 13: What to Look for in Choosing Software
  • BACKUP IV On the Evolution of Software (And a “Perfecter and Perfecter” Program)
  • BACKUP V “3-D” Versus Mail-Order Software—and How to Shop
  • BACKUP VI “Easy” Data Bases: Another View (Mensa Member Versus InfoStar)
  • BACKUP VII ❑ Graphics Tips
  • BACKUP VIII Consultant Contracts: Some Who-How Questions
  • BACKUP IX Window Shopping
  • BACKUP X Of Mice and Men—and Touch Pads, Touch Screens, Etc.[106]
  • BACKUP XI The Micro Connection: Some Critical Explanations
    • BACKUP XII MODEM7: An Almost-Free and Fairly Easy Way to Talk to Other Computers
  • BACKUP XIII Why Not an Electronic Peace Corps?
  • INDEX
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