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

  • Dwight
    Apr 22, 2018
    A niche history of an early computing system. It is a little long in parts and there seems to be no particular message for the book. Early educational computing and online community in the 60s and 70s. ...
  • Luke
    Sep 05, 2018
    Impressive history mostly comprised of 20 years of personal interviews, the story of early computer-based learning and the oddities of a networked computer culture that reflects so much of later unix/internet/open-source free-for-all learning and hacking environments while being a clos...
  • Matthew
    Oct 17, 2017
    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
    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
    "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 ...
  • Uwe Windhoven
    Mar 09, 2018
    The first 100 pages were a slog, but the payoff was worth it. Very interesting read about tech that was way ahead of its time and is now pretty well unknown. ...
  • John Sundman
    Jan 25, 2018
    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. ...
  • Thom
    Feb 21, 2018
    Started this thick volume on April 1, and had to check twice to make sure I wasn't being fooled. This is the story of computing both ahead of it's time and mostly ignored by the mainstream. The information is interesting, if too complete, and the history scattered at times. The firs...
  • Sarah Hayes
    Apr 09, 2018
    It feels like this took me a million years to read, but I'm glad I stuck with it. Dense with information, it really blew my mind how much PLATO did before anyone else, and the community it built among its users, both in Champaign-Urbana and around the world. I'm probably biased for thi...
  • Pete
    Dec 29, 2017
    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...
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    Mar 24, 2018
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  • Nada
    Sep 15, 2017
    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 ...
  • Morgane
    Mar 25, 2018
    What a wild ride. While at times it was a bit slow (especially near the end), this book is still phenomenally well-researched and captivating. I knew almost nothing about the PLATO computer, having only even heard about it a month ago-- now I can't believe it's not a canonical part of ...
  • Jacob Catalano
    Mar 05, 2018
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  • Candice
    Nov 05, 2017
    "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...
  • Malkinius
    Mar 22, 2018
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  • Stephen
    Jul 23, 2018
    If you grew up in Champaign-Urbana Illinois in the 1970s and 80s, or attended the University of Illinois during that period, chances are you were familiar with PLATO. If you didn't, you probably never heard of it. As far back as 4th grade, I can remember my daily PLATO half-hour "shift...
  • Bryan Kennedy
    Mar 26, 2018
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  • David Steinberger
    Dec 30, 2017
    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...
  • John Daleske
    Nov 21, 2017
    ?The Friendly Orange Glow? by Brian Dear documents the ?Dawn of Cyberculture? with deep, readable details of the personalities, the politics, the culture, and stories of the development of the PLATO system. It reminds me of the quality writing of Tracy Kidder in ?The Soul of ...
  • 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...
  • Paul E. Kreutz
    Apr 03, 2018
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  • Tyler Reckart
    Jan 23, 2018
    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...
  • Rebecca
    Feb 10, 2018
    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...
  • Jason Horowitz
    Apr 03, 2018
    I had never heard of PLATO which foreshadowed much of contemporary network and social technology in the 1960s-80s. Engrossing and surprising tech history. ...
  • Tech Historian
    Dec 30, 2017
    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
    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 -- ...
  • David Woolley
    Nov 26, 2017
    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. ...
  • Doug Green
    Dec 04, 2017
    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 ...
  • Jon R Watkins
    Mar 05, 2018
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