Triumph of the Nerds, The: The Rise of Accidental Empires
|The Triumph of the Nerds DVD Cover|
|Release Date||14-28 April 1996|
|Running Time||150 min|
|Directed by||Paul Sen|
|Produced by||John Gau, Stephen Segaller|
|Written by||Robert X. Cringely|
|Screenplay by||Robert X. Cringely|
|Narrated by||Robert X. Cringely|
|Starring||Douglas Adams, Paul Allen, Bill Atkinson, Steve Ballmer, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Gary Kildall, Bob Metcalfe, Steve Wozniak|
|Music by||Nitin Sawhney|
|Cinematography by||John Booth|
|Edited by||Michael Duxbury|
|Production Company||John Gau Productions, Oregon Public Broadcasting|
|Original Channel||Channel 4, PBS|
|Based on||Accidental Empires|
|Topics||Technology, Computers, Hacking|
|Precedes||Nerds 2.0.1: A Brief History of the Internet, Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview|
Triumph of the Nerds is a 1996 British/American television documentary, produced by John Gau Productions and Oregon Public Broadcasting for Channel 4 and PBS.
The documentary explores the development of the personal computer in the United States from WWII to 1995. The title, Triumph of the Nerds, is a play on the 1984 comedy, Revenge of the Nerds. It was first screened as three episodes between 14 and 28 April 1996 on Channel 4, and as a single programme on 16 December 1996 on PBS.
Triumph of the Nerds was written and hosted by Robert X. Cringely (Mark Stephens) and based on his 1992 book, Accidental Empires. The documentary is composed of numerous interviews with important figures connected with the personal computer including Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer, Paul Allen, Bill Atkinson, Andy Hertzfeld, Ed Roberts, and Larry Ellison. It also includes archival footage of Gary Kildall and commentary from Douglas Adams, the author of the science fiction series, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
Cringely followed the series with Nerds 2.0.1 (Glory of the Geeks in the UK), a history of the Internet to 1998, when the series was made. In 2012, Cringely released the full interview that Steve Jobs gave in 1995 for Triumph of the Nerds as the film Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview.
|The Triumph of the Nerds, The: The Rise of Accidental Empires (1996)||NA||XviD||Archive.org|