Idea Man: A Memoir by the Co-Founder of Microsoft

by paul allen | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 0241953715 Global Overview for this book
Registered by BookGroupMan of Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on 5/17/2015
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Journal Entry 1 by BookGroupMan from Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on Sunday, May 17, 2015
I picked up 2 of these by mistake - a hardback and a paperback - obviously something I need to read! All about Paul Allen, the other co-founder of Microsoft (not Bill Gates). Not wanting to overstate it, '[He]...literally invented the twenty-first century.'

June'15 - I'm halfway through this, and will release the s/b and finish and keep the h/b.

(21/06/15) I can forgive Paul Allen for being a better technologist than he is a writer. I can almost forgive him for his part in the Microsoft dominance of the world – I think enough time has passed now to put it all into perspective? But, I can’t forgive the awful second half of this book!

It all started so well, the fascinating story of how 2 super-nerds, Allen and Gates (William Gates III), ‘invented’ programming languages for PC hobbyists (Altair Basic), created the operating system (PC-DOS/MS-DOS) that powered the first truly usable microcomputers, and went on to dominate most areas of software that they chose to move into. But after his health-scare and leaving the cash-cow business to Gates in 1983 it all goes a bit weird.

After 8 years of Microsoft we are subjected to 27 years about Allen and his various ‘ideas’, hobbies, philanthropic undertakings and business ventures. It’s all too ‘me, me, me’, self-congratulatory and disjointed for my liking, sorry :(

Released 4 yrs ago (6/13/2015 UTC) at CoffeeLink, Neptune Marina in Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom

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Journal Entry 3 by Niksoki at Stowmarket, Suffolk United Kingdom on Sunday, June 14, 2015
I am going to give this a go. This type of book I tend to love or hate, so will either quickly read or quickly discard.

Journal Entry 4 by Niksoki at Barn Cafe in Hasketon, Suffolk United Kingdom on Sunday, August 20, 2017

Released 2 yrs ago (8/20/2017 UTC) at Barn Cafe in Hasketon, Suffolk United Kingdom

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Not going to get round to reading this, so left at the Barn Cafe in Hasketon for someone else to enjoy.

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