VALLEY PIRATES

1. September 1999, 22:23 | by WD Milner | Full Article |

Those who have seen the movie “Pirates of Silicon Valley” (based in part on Michael Swain’s book “Fire in the Valley”) got a look at some history. The movie used actual Altairs and Apples. The costuming was accurate, as was the portrayal of Steve Jobs. All was not perfect however.

Unfortuantely, some major issues portrayed in the film weren’t as accurate. Despite the Steve Ballmer character narratizing the historic moment of IBM and Microsoft negotiating for an operating system (that Microsoft doesn’t own), IBM approached Microsoft, not the other way around. Not including Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) and their role in the story was just insulting. As was the lack of detail on Steve Wozniak

Goes to show that even when producing historical fact, Hollywood and Microsoft can’t resist the “spin”.

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Keywords: pirates,silicon vallet,jobs,wozniak,movie

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