I'm in the middle of reading Ken's book, and although I wouldn't exactly say it's well-written, it's easy to read and interesting. I really learned a lot about Ken and Roberta's backgrounds (including how they met) and a lot more about Sierra itself than what's usually written online.Tawmis wrote: ↑Sun Oct 25, 2020 6:40 pmI read Ken's book. Pretty good. There was only one chapter that went a little off for me, but the rest was an interesting read.
Amazing to also learn (no surprise, really) - but just how strong (mentally) and "stubborn" (for lack of a better word) Roberta was!
Although, it's also made me want to read this other book that gets mentioned quite a few times, called "Hackers" which apparently speaks to Sierra's "Party Days."
Regarding Roberta... sometimes she crossed the line, going from strong or stubborn to rude, especially in one particular board meeting that revolved around merging with an educational software company. I think she felt a more personal connection to Sierra than Ken did, who generally looked at the business side of things.
I've noticed a few formatting errors, such as font spacing or putting two spaces after a period. The latter was something done with mono-spaced font, but isn't done anymore with dynamic font. Given Ken's age, he likely learned to type using typewriters, so I wouldn't be surprised if he sometimes put two spaces in there without thinking about it. Regardless, an editor should've found these errors and fixed them.
One error that I found has absolutely nothing to do with formatting. I think it was the chapter where Ken was talking about flight simulators and Microsoft, and referred to Red Baron as a "World War II combat flight simulator." Red Baron was obviously a WWI combat flight simulator. This must've been a mistake made due to inattention as Ken knows the difference between the two world wars, and even talked about how much he enjoyed the Red Baron games much earlier in the book. However, an editor once again should've caught it.