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

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 Internet Here is the story of the brilliant, eccentric designers, developers, and denizens (often teenagers and twentysomethings) of the PLATO system, a computer network so far The remarkable untold story of PLATO, the computer program and platform created in the 1960s, that marked the true be...

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Title:The Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture
Author:Brian Dear
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Genres:History
ISBN:The Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:640 pages pages

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

  • Lucy Murphy
    Jan 22, 2018

    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 tou...

    This book is a tour de force as it sweeps through 25 years of missing computing history. It adroitly weaves the complex technical, personal and business story of PLATO. It's a compelling narrative, held together by great vignettes of the key players who developed the system, software a...

    The Friendly Orange Glow : The Untold Story of the PLATO system and the dawn of cyberculture (2017) by Brian Dear is a fascinating but wildly too long account of the PLATO interactive, networked computer system developed at the University of Illinois. PLATO was clearly an incredibly...

    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 so...

    Extraordinary. Actually got goosebumps upon reading the final paragraphs. Congratulations to Brian Dear. What an accomplishment. Proper review to follow in a day or two. ...

    "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 ...

    I had a PLATO terminal in my house in the early 80?s, got hooked on the lessons and multiplayer games, and didn?t see anything like it again until at least the mid 99?s, particularly the games. I absolutely loved reading the history of the system and the culture of PLATO. Now...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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 bu...

    Absolutely essential reading for anyone with an interest in online/computer culture. An (elsewhere) almost shockingly untold story, exhaustively researched for over 30 years. The only thing stopping this from being a five-star rating is that this book is, honestly, much too long -- ...

    This is an engagingly-written, thoroughly enjoyable biography of one of the then-little-known now-forgotten enclaves of brilliance and community that spontaneously generated from the advent of computers and electronic communications. If you had a career or at least dabbled deeply in th...

    Brian Dear's history of PLATO and the origins of its early online community reads almost like an adventure novel - but it's all true. ...

    It's a great dive into an obscure but significant piece of computing history. Before reading I had little knowledge of the PLATO System, but this served as a fantastic history of the project, the community, and the innovations that helped pave the way for many of the technological adva...

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  • Matthew
    Oct 17, 2017

    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 tou...

    This book is a tour de force as it sweeps through 25 years of missing computing history. It adroitly weaves the complex technical, personal and business story of PLATO. It's a compelling narrative, held together by great vignettes of the key players who developed the system, software a...

    The Friendly Orange Glow : The Untold Story of the PLATO system and the dawn of cyberculture (2017) by Brian Dear is a fascinating but wildly too long account of the PLATO interactive, networked computer system developed at the University of Illinois. PLATO was clearly an incredibly...

    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 so...

  • Sandra
    Oct 23, 2017

    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 tou...

    This book is a tour de force as it sweeps through 25 years of missing computing history. It adroitly weaves the complex technical, personal and business story of PLATO. It's a compelling narrative, held together by great vignettes of the key players who developed the system, software a...

    The Friendly Orange Glow : The Untold Story of the PLATO system and the dawn of cyberculture (2017) by Brian Dear is a fascinating but wildly too long account of the PLATO interactive, networked computer system developed at the University of Illinois. PLATO was clearly an incredibly...

    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 so...

    Extraordinary. Actually got goosebumps upon reading the final paragraphs. Congratulations to Brian Dear. What an accomplishment. Proper review to follow in a day or two. ...

    "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 ...

    I had a PLATO terminal in my house in the early 80?s, got hooked on the lessons and multiplayer games, and didn?t see anything like it again until at least the mid 99?s, particularly the games. I absolutely loved reading the history of the system and the culture of PLATO. Now...

    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 ...

    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...

  • (a)lyss(a)
    Oct 15, 2017

    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 tou...

    This book is a tour de force as it sweeps through 25 years of missing computing history. It adroitly weaves the complex technical, personal and business story of PLATO. It's a compelling narrative, held together by great vignettes of the key players who developed the system, software a...

    The Friendly Orange Glow : The Untold Story of the PLATO system and the dawn of cyberculture (2017) by Brian Dear is a fascinating but wildly too long account of the PLATO interactive, networked computer system developed at the University of Illinois. PLATO was clearly an incredibly...

    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 so...

    Extraordinary. Actually got goosebumps upon reading the final paragraphs. Congratulations to Brian Dear. What an accomplishment. Proper review to follow in a day or two. ...

    "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 ...

  • Max
    Dec 25, 2017

    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 tou...

    This book is a tour de force as it sweeps through 25 years of missing computing history. It adroitly weaves the complex technical, personal and business story of PLATO. It's a compelling narrative, held together by great vignettes of the key players who developed the system, software a...

    The Friendly Orange Glow : The Untold Story of the PLATO system and the dawn of cyberculture (2017) by Brian Dear is a fascinating but wildly too long account of the PLATO interactive, networked computer system developed at the University of Illinois. PLATO was clearly an incredibly...

    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 so...

    Extraordinary. Actually got goosebumps upon reading the final paragraphs. Congratulations to Brian Dear. What an accomplishment. Proper review to follow in a day or two. ...

    "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 ...

    I had a PLATO terminal in my house in the early 80?s, got hooked on the lessons and multiplayer games, and didn?t see anything like it again until at least the mid 99?s, particularly the games. I absolutely loved reading the history of the system and the culture of PLATO. Now...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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 bu...

    Absolutely essential reading for anyone with an interest in online/computer culture. An (elsewhere) almost shockingly untold story, exhaustively researched for over 30 years. The only thing stopping this from being a five-star rating is that this book is, honestly, much too long -- ...

    This is an engagingly-written, thoroughly enjoyable biography of one of the then-little-known now-forgotten enclaves of brilliance and community that spontaneously generated from the advent of computers and electronic communications. If you had a career or at least dabbled deeply in th...

    Brian Dear's history of PLATO and the origins of its early online community reads almost like an adventure novel - but it's all true. ...

    It's a great dive into an obscure but significant piece of computing history. Before reading I had little knowledge of the PLATO System, but this served as a fantastic history of the project, the community, and the innovations that helped pave the way for many of the technological adva...

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  • John Sundman
    Jan 25, 2018

    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 tou...

    This book is a tour de force as it sweeps through 25 years of missing computing history. It adroitly weaves the complex technical, personal and business story of PLATO. It's a compelling narrative, held together by great vignettes of the key players who developed the system, software a...

    The Friendly Orange Glow : The Untold Story of the PLATO system and the dawn of cyberculture (2017) by Brian Dear is a fascinating but wildly too long account of the PLATO interactive, networked computer system developed at the University of Illinois. PLATO was clearly an incredibly...

    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 so...

    Extraordinary. Actually got goosebumps upon reading the final paragraphs. Congratulations to Brian Dear. What an accomplishment. Proper review to follow in a day or two. ...

  • Artbikes
    Nov 03, 2017

    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 tou...

    This book is a tour de force as it sweeps through 25 years of missing computing history. It adroitly weaves the complex technical, personal and business story of PLATO. It's a compelling narrative, held together by great vignettes of the key players who developed the system, software a...

    The Friendly Orange Glow : The Untold Story of the PLATO system and the dawn of cyberculture (2017) by Brian Dear is a fascinating but wildly too long account of the PLATO interactive, networked computer system developed at the University of Illinois. PLATO was clearly an incredibly...

    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 so...

    Extraordinary. Actually got goosebumps upon reading the final paragraphs. Congratulations to Brian Dear. What an accomplishment. Proper review to follow in a day or two. ...

    "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 ...

    I had a PLATO terminal in my house in the early 80?s, got hooked on the lessons and multiplayer games, and didn?t see anything like it again until at least the mid 99?s, particularly the games. I absolutely loved reading the history of the system and the culture of PLATO. Now...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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 bu...

    Absolutely essential reading for anyone with an interest in online/computer culture. An (elsewhere) almost shockingly untold story, exhaustively researched for over 30 years. The only thing stopping this from being a five-star rating is that this book is, honestly, much too long -- ...

    This is an engagingly-written, thoroughly enjoyable biography of one of the then-little-known now-forgotten enclaves of brilliance and community that spontaneously generated from the advent of computers and electronic communications. If you had a career or at least dabbled deeply in th...

    Brian Dear's history of PLATO and the origins of its early online community reads almost like an adventure novel - but it's all true. ...

    It's a great dive into an obscure but significant piece of computing history. Before reading I had little knowledge of the PLATO System, but this served as a fantastic history of the project, the community, and the innovations that helped pave the way for many of the technological adva...

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  • Pete
    Dec 29, 2017

    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 tou...

    This book is a tour de force as it sweeps through 25 years of missing computing history. It adroitly weaves the complex technical, personal and business story of PLATO. It's a compelling narrative, held together by great vignettes of the key players who developed the system, software a...

    The Friendly Orange Glow : The Untold Story of the PLATO system and the dawn of cyberculture (2017) by Brian Dear is a fascinating but wildly too long account of the PLATO interactive, networked computer system developed at the University of Illinois. PLATO was clearly an incredibly...

  • Patrick Justo
    Jan 31, 2018

    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 tou...

    This book is a tour de force as it sweeps through 25 years of missing computing history. It adroitly weaves the complex technical, personal and business story of PLATO. It's a compelling narrative, held together by great vignettes of the key players who developed the system, software a...

    The Friendly Orange Glow : The Untold Story of the PLATO system and the dawn of cyberculture (2017) by Brian Dear is a fascinating but wildly too long account of the PLATO interactive, networked computer system developed at the University of Illinois. PLATO was clearly an incredibly...

    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 so...

    Extraordinary. Actually got goosebumps upon reading the final paragraphs. Congratulations to Brian Dear. What an accomplishment. Proper review to follow in a day or two. ...

    "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 ...

    I had a PLATO terminal in my house in the early 80?s, got hooked on the lessons and multiplayer games, and didn?t see anything like it again until at least the mid 99?s, particularly the games. I absolutely loved reading the history of the system and the culture of PLATO. Now...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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 bu...

    Absolutely essential reading for anyone with an interest in online/computer culture. An (elsewhere) almost shockingly untold story, exhaustively researched for over 30 years. The only thing stopping this from being a five-star rating is that this book is, honestly, much too long -- ...

    This is an engagingly-written, thoroughly enjoyable biography of one of the then-little-known now-forgotten enclaves of brilliance and community that spontaneously generated from the advent of computers and electronic communications. If you had a career or at least dabbled deeply in th...

    Brian Dear's history of PLATO and the origins of its early online community reads almost like an adventure novel - but it's all true. ...

    It's a great dive into an obscure but significant piece of computing history. Before reading I had little knowledge of the PLATO System, but this served as a fantastic history of the project, the community, and the innovations that helped pave the way for many of the technological adva...

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  • Nada
    Sep 15, 2017

    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 tou...

    This book is a tour de force as it sweeps through 25 years of missing computing history. It adroitly weaves the complex technical, personal and business story of PLATO. It's a compelling narrative, held together by great vignettes of the key players who developed the system, software a...

    The Friendly Orange Glow : The Untold Story of the PLATO system and the dawn of cyberculture (2017) by Brian Dear is a fascinating but wildly too long account of the PLATO interactive, networked computer system developed at the University of Illinois. PLATO was clearly an incredibly...

    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 so...

    Extraordinary. Actually got goosebumps upon reading the final paragraphs. Congratulations to Brian Dear. What an accomplishment. Proper review to follow in a day or two. ...

    "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 ...

    I had a PLATO terminal in my house in the early 80?s, got hooked on the lessons and multiplayer games, and didn?t see anything like it again until at least the mid 99?s, particularly the games. I absolutely loved reading the history of the system and the culture of PLATO. Now...

    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 ...

  • Anthony
    Feb 09, 2018

    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 tou...

    This book is a tour de force as it sweeps through 25 years of missing computing history. It adroitly weaves the complex technical, personal and business story of PLATO. It's a compelling narrative, held together by great vignettes of the key players who developed the system, software a...

    The Friendly Orange Glow : The Untold Story of the PLATO system and the dawn of cyberculture (2017) by Brian Dear is a fascinating but wildly too long account of the PLATO interactive, networked computer system developed at the University of Illinois. PLATO was clearly an incredibly...

    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 so...

    Extraordinary. Actually got goosebumps upon reading the final paragraphs. Congratulations to Brian Dear. What an accomplishment. Proper review to follow in a day or two. ...

    "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 ...

    I had a PLATO terminal in my house in the early 80?s, got hooked on the lessons and multiplayer games, and didn?t see anything like it again until at least the mid 99?s, particularly the games. I absolutely loved reading the history of the system and the culture of PLATO. Now...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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 bu...

    Absolutely essential reading for anyone with an interest in online/computer culture. An (elsewhere) almost shockingly untold story, exhaustively researched for over 30 years. The only thing stopping this from being a five-star rating is that this book is, honestly, much too long -- ...

    This is an engagingly-written, thoroughly enjoyable biography of one of the then-little-known now-forgotten enclaves of brilliance and community that spontaneously generated from the advent of computers and electronic communications. If you had a career or at least dabbled deeply in th...

    Brian Dear's history of PLATO and the origins of its early online community reads almost like an adventure novel - but it's all true. ...

    It's a great dive into an obscure but significant piece of computing history. Before reading I had little knowledge of the PLATO System, but this served as a fantastic history of the project, the community, and the innovations that helped pave the way for many of the technological adva...

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  • Candice
    Nov 05, 2017

    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 tou...

    This book is a tour de force as it sweeps through 25 years of missing computing history. It adroitly weaves the complex technical, personal and business story of PLATO. It's a compelling narrative, held together by great vignettes of the key players who developed the system, software a...

    The Friendly Orange Glow : The Untold Story of the PLATO system and the dawn of cyberculture (2017) by Brian Dear is a fascinating but wildly too long account of the PLATO interactive, networked computer system developed at the University of Illinois. PLATO was clearly an incredibly...

    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 so...

    Extraordinary. Actually got goosebumps upon reading the final paragraphs. Congratulations to Brian Dear. What an accomplishment. Proper review to follow in a day or two. ...

    "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 ...

    I had a PLATO terminal in my house in the early 80?s, got hooked on the lessons and multiplayer games, and didn?t see anything like it again until at least the mid 99?s, particularly the games. I absolutely loved reading the history of the system and the culture of PLATO. Now...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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 bu...

  • Brian Perry
    Jan 11, 2018

    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 tou...

    This book is a tour de force as it sweeps through 25 years of missing computing history. It adroitly weaves the complex technical, personal and business story of PLATO. It's a compelling narrative, held together by great vignettes of the key players who developed the system, software a...

    The Friendly Orange Glow : The Untold Story of the PLATO system and the dawn of cyberculture (2017) by Brian Dear is a fascinating but wildly too long account of the PLATO interactive, networked computer system developed at the University of Illinois. PLATO was clearly an incredibly...

    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 so...

    Extraordinary. Actually got goosebumps upon reading the final paragraphs. Congratulations to Brian Dear. What an accomplishment. Proper review to follow in a day or two. ...

    "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 ...

    I had a PLATO terminal in my house in the early 80?s, got hooked on the lessons and multiplayer games, and didn?t see anything like it again until at least the mid 99?s, particularly the games. I absolutely loved reading the history of the system and the culture of PLATO. Now...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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 bu...

    Absolutely essential reading for anyone with an interest in online/computer culture. An (elsewhere) almost shockingly untold story, exhaustively researched for over 30 years. The only thing stopping this from being a five-star rating is that this book is, honestly, much too long -- ...

    This is an engagingly-written, thoroughly enjoyable biography of one of the then-little-known now-forgotten enclaves of brilliance and community that spontaneously generated from the advent of computers and electronic communications. If you had a career or at least dabbled deeply in th...

    Brian Dear's history of PLATO and the origins of its early online community reads almost like an adventure novel - but it's all true. ...

    It's a great dive into an obscure but significant piece of computing history. Before reading I had little knowledge of the PLATO System, but this served as a fantastic history of the project, the community, and the innovations that helped pave the way for many of the technological adva...

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  • Luke
    Jan 06, 2018

    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 tou...

    This book is a tour de force as it sweeps through 25 years of missing computing history. It adroitly weaves the complex technical, personal and business story of PLATO. It's a compelling narrative, held together by great vignettes of the key players who developed the system, software a...

    The Friendly Orange Glow : The Untold Story of the PLATO system and the dawn of cyberculture (2017) by Brian Dear is a fascinating but wildly too long account of the PLATO interactive, networked computer system developed at the University of Illinois. PLATO was clearly an incredibly...

    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 so...

    Extraordinary. Actually got goosebumps upon reading the final paragraphs. Congratulations to Brian Dear. What an accomplishment. Proper review to follow in a day or two. ...

    "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 ...

    I had a PLATO terminal in my house in the early 80?s, got hooked on the lessons and multiplayer games, and didn?t see anything like it again until at least the mid 99?s, particularly the games. I absolutely loved reading the history of the system and the culture of PLATO. Now...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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 bu...

    Absolutely essential reading for anyone with an interest in online/computer culture. An (elsewhere) almost shockingly untold story, exhaustively researched for over 30 years. The only thing stopping this from being a five-star rating is that this book is, honestly, much too long -- ...

    This is an engagingly-written, thoroughly enjoyable biography of one of the then-little-known now-forgotten enclaves of brilliance and community that spontaneously generated from the advent of computers and electronic communications. If you had a career or at least dabbled deeply in th...

    Brian Dear's history of PLATO and the origins of its early online community reads almost like an adventure novel - but it's all true. ...

    It's a great dive into an obscure but significant piece of computing history. Before reading I had little knowledge of the PLATO System, but this served as a fantastic history of the project, the community, and the innovations that helped pave the way for many of the technological adva...

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  • David Steinberger
    Dec 30, 2017

    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 tou...

    This book is a tour de force as it sweeps through 25 years of missing computing history. It adroitly weaves the complex technical, personal and business story of PLATO. It's a compelling narrative, held together by great vignettes of the key players who developed the system, software a...

    The Friendly Orange Glow : The Untold Story of the PLATO system and the dawn of cyberculture (2017) by Brian Dear is a fascinating but wildly too long account of the PLATO interactive, networked computer system developed at the University of Illinois. PLATO was clearly an incredibly...

    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 so...

    Extraordinary. Actually got goosebumps upon reading the final paragraphs. Congratulations to Brian Dear. What an accomplishment. Proper review to follow in a day or two. ...

    "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 ...

    I had a PLATO terminal in my house in the early 80?s, got hooked on the lessons and multiplayer games, and didn?t see anything like it again until at least the mid 99?s, particularly the games. I absolutely loved reading the history of the system and the culture of PLATO. Now...

  • Nicole Jarvis
    Nov 23, 2017

    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 tou...

    This book is a tour de force as it sweeps through 25 years of missing computing history. It adroitly weaves the complex technical, personal and business story of PLATO. It's a compelling narrative, held together by great vignettes of the key players who developed the system, software a...

    The Friendly Orange Glow : The Untold Story of the PLATO system and the dawn of cyberculture (2017) by Brian Dear is a fascinating but wildly too long account of the PLATO interactive, networked computer system developed at the University of Illinois. PLATO was clearly an incredibly...

    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 so...

    Extraordinary. Actually got goosebumps upon reading the final paragraphs. Congratulations to Brian Dear. What an accomplishment. Proper review to follow in a day or two. ...

    "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 ...

    I had a PLATO terminal in my house in the early 80?s, got hooked on the lessons and multiplayer games, and didn?t see anything like it again until at least the mid 99?s, particularly the games. I absolutely loved reading the history of the system and the culture of PLATO. Now...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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 bu...

    Absolutely essential reading for anyone with an interest in online/computer culture. An (elsewhere) almost shockingly untold story, exhaustively researched for over 30 years. The only thing stopping this from being a five-star rating is that this book is, honestly, much too long -- ...

    This is an engagingly-written, thoroughly enjoyable biography of one of the then-little-known now-forgotten enclaves of brilliance and community that spontaneously generated from the advent of computers and electronic communications. If you had a career or at least dabbled deeply in th...

    Brian Dear's history of PLATO and the origins of its early online community reads almost like an adventure novel - but it's all true. ...

    It's a great dive into an obscure but significant piece of computing history. Before reading I had little knowledge of the PLATO System, but this served as a fantastic history of the project, the community, and the innovations that helped pave the way for many of the technological adva...

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  • Angie
    Nov 15, 2017

    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 tou...

  • Jim Hardesty
    Jan 26, 2018

    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 tou...

    This book is a tour de force as it sweeps through 25 years of missing computing history. It adroitly weaves the complex technical, personal and business story of PLATO. It's a compelling narrative, held together by great vignettes of the key players who developed the system, software a...

    The Friendly Orange Glow : The Untold Story of the PLATO system and the dawn of cyberculture (2017) by Brian Dear is a fascinating but wildly too long account of the PLATO interactive, networked computer system developed at the University of Illinois. PLATO was clearly an incredibly...

    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 so...

    Extraordinary. Actually got goosebumps upon reading the final paragraphs. Congratulations to Brian Dear. What an accomplishment. Proper review to follow in a day or two. ...

    "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 ...

    I had a PLATO terminal in my house in the early 80?s, got hooked on the lessons and multiplayer games, and didn?t see anything like it again until at least the mid 99?s, particularly the games. I absolutely loved reading the history of the system and the culture of PLATO. Now...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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 bu...

    Absolutely essential reading for anyone with an interest in online/computer culture. An (elsewhere) almost shockingly untold story, exhaustively researched for over 30 years. The only thing stopping this from being a five-star rating is that this book is, honestly, much too long -- ...

    This is an engagingly-written, thoroughly enjoyable biography of one of the then-little-known now-forgotten enclaves of brilliance and community that spontaneously generated from the advent of computers and electronic communications. If you had a career or at least dabbled deeply in th...

    Brian Dear's history of PLATO and the origins of its early online community reads almost like an adventure novel - but it's all true. ...

    It's a great dive into an obscure but significant piece of computing history. Before reading I had little knowledge of the PLATO System, but this served as a fantastic history of the project, the community, and the innovations that helped pave the way for many of the technological adva...

    ...

  • Tyler
    Jan 23, 2018

    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 tou...

    This book is a tour de force as it sweeps through 25 years of missing computing history. It adroitly weaves the complex technical, personal and business story of PLATO. It's a compelling narrative, held together by great vignettes of the key players who developed the system, software a...

    The Friendly Orange Glow : The Untold Story of the PLATO system and the dawn of cyberculture (2017) by Brian Dear is a fascinating but wildly too long account of the PLATO interactive, networked computer system developed at the University of Illinois. PLATO was clearly an incredibly...

    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 so...

    Extraordinary. Actually got goosebumps upon reading the final paragraphs. Congratulations to Brian Dear. What an accomplishment. Proper review to follow in a day or two. ...

    "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 ...

    I had a PLATO terminal in my house in the early 80?s, got hooked on the lessons and multiplayer games, and didn?t see anything like it again until at least the mid 99?s, particularly the games. I absolutely loved reading the history of the system and the culture of PLATO. Now...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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 bu...

    Absolutely essential reading for anyone with an interest in online/computer culture. An (elsewhere) almost shockingly untold story, exhaustively researched for over 30 years. The only thing stopping this from being a five-star rating is that this book is, honestly, much too long -- ...

    This is an engagingly-written, thoroughly enjoyable biography of one of the then-little-known now-forgotten enclaves of brilliance and community that spontaneously generated from the advent of computers and electronic communications. If you had a career or at least dabbled deeply in th...

    Brian Dear's history of PLATO and the origins of its early online community reads almost like an adventure novel - but it's all true. ...

    It's a great dive into an obscure but significant piece of computing history. Before reading I had little knowledge of the PLATO System, but this served as a fantastic history of the project, the community, and the innovations that helped pave the way for many of the technological adva...

  • Cyber
    Nov 28, 2017

    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 tou...

    This book is a tour de force as it sweeps through 25 years of missing computing history. It adroitly weaves the complex technical, personal and business story of PLATO. It's a compelling narrative, held together by great vignettes of the key players who developed the system, software a...

    The Friendly Orange Glow : The Untold Story of the PLATO system and the dawn of cyberculture (2017) by Brian Dear is a fascinating but wildly too long account of the PLATO interactive, networked computer system developed at the University of Illinois. PLATO was clearly an incredibly...

    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 so...

    Extraordinary. Actually got goosebumps upon reading the final paragraphs. Congratulations to Brian Dear. What an accomplishment. Proper review to follow in a day or two. ...

    "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 ...

    I had a PLATO terminal in my house in the early 80?s, got hooked on the lessons and multiplayer games, and didn?t see anything like it again until at least the mid 99?s, particularly the games. I absolutely loved reading the history of the system and the culture of PLATO. Now...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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 bu...

    Absolutely essential reading for anyone with an interest in online/computer culture. An (elsewhere) almost shockingly untold story, exhaustively researched for over 30 years. The only thing stopping this from being a five-star rating is that this book is, honestly, much too long -- ...

    This is an engagingly-written, thoroughly enjoyable biography of one of the then-little-known now-forgotten enclaves of brilliance and community that spontaneously generated from the advent of computers and electronic communications. If you had a career or at least dabbled deeply in th...

    Brian Dear's history of PLATO and the origins of its early online community reads almost like an adventure novel - but it's all true. ...

    It's a great dive into an obscure but significant piece of computing history. Before reading I had little knowledge of the PLATO System, but this served as a fantastic history of the project, the community, and the innovations that helped pave the way for many of the technological adva...

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  • Rebecca
    Feb 10, 2018

    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 tou...

    This book is a tour de force as it sweeps through 25 years of missing computing history. It adroitly weaves the complex technical, personal and business story of PLATO. It's a compelling narrative, held together by great vignettes of the key players who developed the system, software a...

    The Friendly Orange Glow : The Untold Story of the PLATO system and the dawn of cyberculture (2017) by Brian Dear is a fascinating but wildly too long account of the PLATO interactive, networked computer system developed at the University of Illinois. PLATO was clearly an incredibly...

    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 so...

    Extraordinary. Actually got goosebumps upon reading the final paragraphs. Congratulations to Brian Dear. What an accomplishment. Proper review to follow in a day or two. ...

    "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 ...

    I had a PLATO terminal in my house in the early 80?s, got hooked on the lessons and multiplayer games, and didn?t see anything like it again until at least the mid 99?s, particularly the games. I absolutely loved reading the history of the system and the culture of PLATO. Now...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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 bu...

    Absolutely essential reading for anyone with an interest in online/computer culture. An (elsewhere) almost shockingly untold story, exhaustively researched for over 30 years. The only thing stopping this from being a five-star rating is that this book is, honestly, much too long -- ...

    This is an engagingly-written, thoroughly enjoyable biography of one of the then-little-known now-forgotten enclaves of brilliance and community that spontaneously generated from the advent of computers and electronic communications. If you had a career or at least dabbled deeply in th...

  • Conor Curry
    Dec 11, 2017

    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 tou...

    This book is a tour de force as it sweeps through 25 years of missing computing history. It adroitly weaves the complex technical, personal and business story of PLATO. It's a compelling narrative, held together by great vignettes of the key players who developed the system, software a...

    The Friendly Orange Glow : The Untold Story of the PLATO system and the dawn of cyberculture (2017) by Brian Dear is a fascinating but wildly too long account of the PLATO interactive, networked computer system developed at the University of Illinois. PLATO was clearly an incredibly...

    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 so...

    Extraordinary. Actually got goosebumps upon reading the final paragraphs. Congratulations to Brian Dear. What an accomplishment. Proper review to follow in a day or two. ...

    "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 ...

    I had a PLATO terminal in my house in the early 80?s, got hooked on the lessons and multiplayer games, and didn?t see anything like it again until at least the mid 99?s, particularly the games. I absolutely loved reading the history of the system and the culture of PLATO. Now...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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 bu...

    Absolutely essential reading for anyone with an interest in online/computer culture. An (elsewhere) almost shockingly untold story, exhaustively researched for over 30 years. The only thing stopping this from being a five-star rating is that this book is, honestly, much too long -- ...

    This is an engagingly-written, thoroughly enjoyable biography of one of the then-little-known now-forgotten enclaves of brilliance and community that spontaneously generated from the advent of computers and electronic communications. If you had a career or at least dabbled deeply in th...

    Brian Dear's history of PLATO and the origins of its early online community reads almost like an adventure novel - but it's all true. ...

    It's a great dive into an obscure but significant piece of computing history. Before reading I had little knowledge of the PLATO System, but this served as a fantastic history of the project, the community, and the innovations that helped pave the way for many of the technological adva...

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  • Tech Historian
    Dec 30, 2017

    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 tou...

    This book is a tour de force as it sweeps through 25 years of missing computing history. It adroitly weaves the complex technical, personal and business story of PLATO. It's a compelling narrative, held together by great vignettes of the key players who developed the system, software a...

  • RavenWorks
    Jan 25, 2018

    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 tou...

    This book is a tour de force as it sweeps through 25 years of missing computing history. It adroitly weaves the complex technical, personal and business story of PLATO. It's a compelling narrative, held together by great vignettes of the key players who developed the system, software a...

    The Friendly Orange Glow : The Untold Story of the PLATO system and the dawn of cyberculture (2017) by Brian Dear is a fascinating but wildly too long account of the PLATO interactive, networked computer system developed at the University of Illinois. PLATO was clearly an incredibly...

    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 so...

    Extraordinary. Actually got goosebumps upon reading the final paragraphs. Congratulations to Brian Dear. What an accomplishment. Proper review to follow in a day or two. ...

    "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 ...

    I had a PLATO terminal in my house in the early 80?s, got hooked on the lessons and multiplayer games, and didn?t see anything like it again until at least the mid 99?s, particularly the games. I absolutely loved reading the history of the system and the culture of PLATO. Now...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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 bu...

    Absolutely essential reading for anyone with an interest in online/computer culture. An (elsewhere) almost shockingly untold story, exhaustively researched for over 30 years. The only thing stopping this from being a five-star rating is that this book is, honestly, much too long -- ...

  • Andrew
    Jan 10, 2018

    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 tou...

    This book is a tour de force as it sweeps through 25 years of missing computing history. It adroitly weaves the complex technical, personal and business story of PLATO. It's a compelling narrative, held together by great vignettes of the key players who developed the system, software a...

    The Friendly Orange Glow : The Untold Story of the PLATO system and the dawn of cyberculture (2017) by Brian Dear is a fascinating but wildly too long account of the PLATO interactive, networked computer system developed at the University of Illinois. PLATO was clearly an incredibly...

    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 so...

    Extraordinary. Actually got goosebumps upon reading the final paragraphs. Congratulations to Brian Dear. What an accomplishment. Proper review to follow in a day or two. ...

    "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 ...

    I had a PLATO terminal in my house in the early 80?s, got hooked on the lessons and multiplayer games, and didn?t see anything like it again until at least the mid 99?s, particularly the games. I absolutely loved reading the history of the system and the culture of PLATO. Now...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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 bu...

    Absolutely essential reading for anyone with an interest in online/computer culture. An (elsewhere) almost shockingly untold story, exhaustively researched for over 30 years. The only thing stopping this from being a five-star rating is that this book is, honestly, much too long -- ...

    This is an engagingly-written, thoroughly enjoyable biography of one of the then-little-known now-forgotten enclaves of brilliance and community that spontaneously generated from the advent of computers and electronic communications. If you had a career or at least dabbled deeply in th...

    Brian Dear's history of PLATO and the origins of its early online community reads almost like an adventure novel - but it's all true. ...

    It's a great dive into an obscure but significant piece of computing history. Before reading I had little knowledge of the PLATO System, but this served as a fantastic history of the project, the community, and the innovations that helped pave the way for many of the technological adva...

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  • Joseph Thillen
    Dec 05, 2017

    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 tou...

    This book is a tour de force as it sweeps through 25 years of missing computing history. It adroitly weaves the complex technical, personal and business story of PLATO. It's a compelling narrative, held together by great vignettes of the key players who developed the system, software a...

    The Friendly Orange Glow : The Untold Story of the PLATO system and the dawn of cyberculture (2017) by Brian Dear is a fascinating but wildly too long account of the PLATO interactive, networked computer system developed at the University of Illinois. PLATO was clearly an incredibly...

    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 so...

    Extraordinary. Actually got goosebumps upon reading the final paragraphs. Congratulations to Brian Dear. What an accomplishment. Proper review to follow in a day or two. ...

    "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 ...

    I had a PLATO terminal in my house in the early 80?s, got hooked on the lessons and multiplayer games, and didn?t see anything like it again until at least the mid 99?s, particularly the games. I absolutely loved reading the history of the system and the culture of PLATO. Now...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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 bu...

    Absolutely essential reading for anyone with an interest in online/computer culture. An (elsewhere) almost shockingly untold story, exhaustively researched for over 30 years. The only thing stopping this from being a five-star rating is that this book is, honestly, much too long -- ...

    This is an engagingly-written, thoroughly enjoyable biography of one of the then-little-known now-forgotten enclaves of brilliance and community that spontaneously generated from the advent of computers and electronic communications. If you had a career or at least dabbled deeply in th...

    Brian Dear's history of PLATO and the origins of its early online community reads almost like an adventure novel - but it's all true. ...

    It's a great dive into an obscure but significant piece of computing history. Before reading I had little knowledge of the PLATO System, but this served as a fantastic history of the project, the community, and the innovations that helped pave the way for many of the technological adva...

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  • David Woolley
    Nov 26, 2017

    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 tou...

    This book is a tour de force as it sweeps through 25 years of missing computing history. It adroitly weaves the complex technical, personal and business story of PLATO. It's a compelling narrative, held together by great vignettes of the key players who developed the system, software a...

    The Friendly Orange Glow : The Untold Story of the PLATO system and the dawn of cyberculture (2017) by Brian Dear is a fascinating but wildly too long account of the PLATO interactive, networked computer system developed at the University of Illinois. PLATO was clearly an incredibly...

    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 so...

    Extraordinary. Actually got goosebumps upon reading the final paragraphs. Congratulations to Brian Dear. What an accomplishment. Proper review to follow in a day or two. ...

    "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 ...

    I had a PLATO terminal in my house in the early 80?s, got hooked on the lessons and multiplayer games, and didn?t see anything like it again until at least the mid 99?s, particularly the games. I absolutely loved reading the history of the system and the culture of PLATO. Now...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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 bu...

    Absolutely essential reading for anyone with an interest in online/computer culture. An (elsewhere) almost shockingly untold story, exhaustively researched for over 30 years. The only thing stopping this from being a five-star rating is that this book is, honestly, much too long -- ...

    This is an engagingly-written, thoroughly enjoyable biography of one of the then-little-known now-forgotten enclaves of brilliance and community that spontaneously generated from the advent of computers and electronic communications. If you had a career or at least dabbled deeply in th...

    Brian Dear's history of PLATO and the origins of its early online community reads almost like an adventure novel - but it's all true. ...

  • Laura M.
    Nov 26, 2017

    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 tou...

    This book is a tour de force as it sweeps through 25 years of missing computing history. It adroitly weaves the complex technical, personal and business story of PLATO. It's a compelling narrative, held together by great vignettes of the key players who developed the system, software a...

    The Friendly Orange Glow : The Untold Story of the PLATO system and the dawn of cyberculture (2017) by Brian Dear is a fascinating but wildly too long account of the PLATO interactive, networked computer system developed at the University of Illinois. PLATO was clearly an incredibly...

    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 so...

    Extraordinary. Actually got goosebumps upon reading the final paragraphs. Congratulations to Brian Dear. What an accomplishment. Proper review to follow in a day or two. ...

    "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 ...

    I had a PLATO terminal in my house in the early 80?s, got hooked on the lessons and multiplayer games, and didn?t see anything like it again until at least the mid 99?s, particularly the games. I absolutely loved reading the history of the system and the culture of PLATO. Now...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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 bu...

    Absolutely essential reading for anyone with an interest in online/computer culture. An (elsewhere) almost shockingly untold story, exhaustively researched for over 30 years. The only thing stopping this from being a five-star rating is that this book is, honestly, much too long -- ...

    This is an engagingly-written, thoroughly enjoyable biography of one of the then-little-known now-forgotten enclaves of brilliance and community that spontaneously generated from the advent of computers and electronic communications. If you had a career or at least dabbled deeply in th...

    Brian Dear's history of PLATO and the origins of its early online community reads almost like an adventure novel - but it's all true. ...

    It's a great dive into an obscure but significant piece of computing history. Before reading I had little knowledge of the PLATO System, but this served as a fantastic history of the project, the community, and the innovations that helped pave the way for many of the technological adva...

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  • Doug Green
    Dec 04, 2017

    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 tou...

    This book is a tour de force as it sweeps through 25 years of missing computing history. It adroitly weaves the complex technical, personal and business story of PLATO. It's a compelling narrative, held together by great vignettes of the key players who developed the system, software a...

    The Friendly Orange Glow : The Untold Story of the PLATO system and the dawn of cyberculture (2017) by Brian Dear is a fascinating but wildly too long account of the PLATO interactive, networked computer system developed at the University of Illinois. PLATO was clearly an incredibly...

    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 so...

    Extraordinary. Actually got goosebumps upon reading the final paragraphs. Congratulations to Brian Dear. What an accomplishment. Proper review to follow in a day or two. ...

    "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 ...

    I had a PLATO terminal in my house in the early 80?s, got hooked on the lessons and multiplayer games, and didn?t see anything like it again until at least the mid 99?s, particularly the games. I absolutely loved reading the history of the system and the culture of PLATO. Now...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Keith G McMillen
    Jan 11, 2018

    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 tou...

    This book is a tour de force as it sweeps through 25 years of missing computing history. It adroitly weaves the complex technical, personal and business story of PLATO. It's a compelling narrative, held together by great vignettes of the key players who developed the system, software a...

    The Friendly Orange Glow : The Untold Story of the PLATO system and the dawn of cyberculture (2017) by Brian Dear is a fascinating but wildly too long account of the PLATO interactive, networked computer system developed at the University of Illinois. PLATO was clearly an incredibly...

    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 so...

    Extraordinary. Actually got goosebumps upon reading the final paragraphs. Congratulations to Brian Dear. What an accomplishment. Proper review to follow in a day or two. ...

    "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 ...

    I had a PLATO terminal in my house in the early 80?s, got hooked on the lessons and multiplayer games, and didn?t see anything like it again until at least the mid 99?s, particularly the games. I absolutely loved reading the history of the system and the culture of PLATO. Now...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    "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 bu...

    Absolutely essential reading for anyone with an interest in online/computer culture. An (elsewhere) almost shockingly untold story, exhaustively researched for over 30 years. The only thing stopping this from being a five-star rating is that this book is, honestly, much too long -- ...

    This is an engagingly-written, thoroughly enjoyable biography of one of the then-little-known now-forgotten enclaves of brilliance and community that spontaneously generated from the advent of computers and electronic communications. If you had a career or at least dabbled deeply in th...

    Brian Dear's history of PLATO and the origins of its early online community reads almost like an adventure novel - but it's all true. ...

    It's a great dive into an obscure but significant piece of computing history. Before reading I had little knowledge of the PLATO System, but this served as a fantastic history of the project, the community, and the innovations that helped pave the way for many of the technological adva...

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