Geek Silicon Valley: The Inside Guide To Palo Alto, Stanford, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, San Jose, San Francisco (英语) 平装 – 2007年10月27日
Based in Silicon Valley, Ashlee Vance serves as US Editor for TheRegister.com, Britain's irreverent online rag keeping tabs on the high-tech industry. Vance covers numerous Silicon Valley corporations and various technology areas, including microprocessors, robots, supercomputers and national labs. The Register - fueled by its slogan "Biting the hand that feeds IT" - has amassed more than 5 million readers and counts as one of the most popular technology news destinations online in Europe, the US, Australia and Canada.Vance's writing has appeared in other publications such as the Economist, the New York Times, and the International Herald Tribune.
OutlineIntroduction: Shockley brings silicon to Silicon ValleyChapter 1: Palo Alto and Menlo Park* Federal Telegraph Company* Stanford University/Stanford Research Park/The Stanford Dish/Silicon Valley Archives* University Avenue and Stanford Shopping Center: collegiate eateries contrast with high-end mall* Hewlett-Packard: HP history and background with headquarters address* HP Garage: Thousands of people a year come by the house to try to see the garage, which a historic market designates as "Birthplace of Silicon Valley"* Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) - Menlo Park: Fun with high-energy physics. Provides tours daily and hosts thousands of visitors each year* Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center). Campus located on beautiful, hilly bit of land in Palo Alto.No tours, but it offers talks open to the public every Thursday.* Sand Hill Road/3000 Sand Hill Road: Where everyone goes to get venture capitol* SRI International, Menlo Park * Fairchild SemiconductorChapter 2: Mountain ViewShockley Semiconductor Computer History MuseumFenwick & West quintessential SV law firmMicrosoft's Silicon Valley Campus: SGI: Silicon GraphicsThe Stevens Creek Trail: NASA Ames: SETI Instituteetscape HQGoogle/Googleplex Chapter 3: Santa Clara and SunnyvaleIntel/Intel Museum/Intel HeadquartersLockheed Martin SunnyvaleSun Microsystems/Sun's Headquarters AMD Advanced Micro DeviceYahoo Sunnyvale Chapter 4: San JoseWorld's First Broadcasting Station: KQWIBM's Almaden Research Center/Magnetic Disk Heritage CenterSan Jose City HallSantana RoweBayWinchester Mystery House/Tours. Thousands go each yearSan Jose State UniversityPulgas Water TempleLick ObservatoryCisco Systems The Tech Museum of Innovationhildren's Discovery Museum Chapter 5: San FranciscoGreen Street LabThe ExploratoriumThe Wave OrganThe Letterman Digital Arts CenterMoscone CenterThe MetreonCraigslist.orgGolden Gate Yacht ClubSilicon Justice: San Francisco's courthousesElectronic Frontier FoundationMicrosoft Research CenterGenetechCalifornia Academy of SciencesBay Area Laboratory Co-operativeTechnology Publishers RowAT&T ParkMonster/Candlestick Park Chapter 6: Out and About in Silicon Valley: The Surrounding SceneWindy HillOracle, Redwood ShoresHiller Aviation Museum, San CarlosJoint Genome Institute, Walnut CreekAtari, SunnyvaleElectronic Arts, Redwood CityLawrence Livermore National Laboratory/Discovery CenterSandia National Laboratories, LivermoreExcite@HomeAlviso: Home of Tivo Drawbridge (ghost town)Apple Computer, Cupertino Drive the Valley: Best Routes for Seeing it AllSuggested ReadingSurf the ValleyIndex
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Overall this is solid book that will be of interest mainly to real geeks and those interested in silicon valley history. My favorite parts of the book by far are the ones that tell the history of the various tech companies and personalities.
The formatting is terrible on the Kindle version of this book due to the sidebars. It makes it disjointed and hard to follow at times. I constantly felt like I was re-reading what I had read.
Forget Yosemite, O Traveller. If you want to see how America works in the 21st century, go to Silicon Valley... aka Geek heaven. See the connections.
And what connections they are!
Ashlee Vance is an online journo who has written a lively account of the early history of Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Mountain View and San Jose and noting the overriding impact of nearby San Francisco. He provides an easy to follow guide to these places together with a lively discussion of the early pioneers like Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard.
This book is designed for the curious traveler, indeed the geek traveler, rather than the academic scholar, and, it gives a very good overview of the various small cities that make up "the valley". There is a listing of other Silicon Valley books at the end of the publication, a list of other nerdy sites to look at but no list of restaurants (Don't nerds eat at all?) plus an index. Sadly, the book is spoilt,however,by the poor quality paper used in this edition.
I've lived in the Valley for nearly 15 years, and yet learned a fair amount from this book, including several places to visit that were new to me. There were only a few curious omissions: e.g., Halted gets a mention, but Fry's does not; neither does Buck's in Woodside; and surely Frank Drake should be mentioned in the section on the SETI Institute? - but otherwise the text is remarkably accurate, despite having condensed many complex histories, each worthy of a book in its own right, into paragraphs or pages. Vance clearly did his homework. My only historical quibble is with his description of the demise of SGI. I thought it was mainly done in by cheap graphics chips from Nvidia and the like; Itanic was just the icing on the cake.
The book mentions his web site and claims additional information can be found there, but so far there isn't anything new. Hopefully that will change over time. Another concern is that quite a bit of the information in the book will date fast; I hope Vance and his publisher refreshes the text (or the website, or both) regularly.
If you live in the Valley, visit the Valley, or you just want to know what the heck the place is about, this book is for you. And if you're a geek too, it's a must-read.
Minor quibble, the book suffers from "young journalist syndrome," where its history, anecdotes and insights are a synthesis of the bibliography in the back. However, kudos to the author for reading more valley history than 99% of other writers. He is headed for greatness when he finds his own voice.