The Computers Nobody Wanted: My Years at Xerox

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The Computers Nobody Wanted is a history of an ill-conceived acquisition, in 1969, of Xerox's entry into the computer business to its abandonment in 1974. The book also traces ambitious investments in a computer workstation - the STAR computer - from conception in 1973 to its dissolution in 1984. The narrative describes the pioneering research at the Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center) and how an inspired group produced superb innovations that were of no commercial value to Xerox.

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Paul Strassmann arrived in the United States from Czechoslovakia in 1948 after serving as an anti-Nazi guerilla soldier from 1944 45. Over a period of 47 years he concentrated exclusively on the management of information technologies. He held the most senior computer executive positions for five large organizations from 1961 through 2003, including the post of Director of Defense Information where he received the Distinguished Public Service medal, and the appointment as Chief Computer Executive of NASA, where he received the medal for Exceptional Service. He has authored seventeen books and hundreds of technical articles, has videotaped dozens of lectures, and has held academic posts at the University of Connecticut, Imperial College in London, the US Military Academy at West Point, and as a Distinguished Professor at the George Mason University.

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Paul s insider perspective of Xerox s strategy du jour to become a computer, financial,... learning company while enabling new, core printing business competitors is insightful and engrossing unlike typical how Xerox screwed-up case studies. The cultures enabled Adobe, Apple, Ethernet, HP, ... Microsoft to benefit from PARC (Palo Alto Research Center) technology while Xerox got NOTHING though arrogance, attention deficit, and management! --Gordon Bell, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research, San Francisco

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