Computers: Capturing the World of Software

A czar of the counterculture turns on and plugs in

Warm bodies have been hired, hardware has been ordered, and both are moving in this month. The 15 or so computers, among them the Apple II, Epson QX-10 and IBM Personal Computer, will occupy two rooms above the ragtag waterfront of Sausalito, Calif. Already a big hand-scrawled chart pinned to one wall proclaims deadlines to meet and procedures to follow. Says Stewart Brand, leading a tour of his future headquarters: "This is the shell. The peas are still falling into place."

Brand, 44, is the...

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