Too much hard work is summed up in a sentence

Too much hard work is summed up in a sentence:

After they loaded Woz’s 4K Basic into it – by hand, programming in hexadecimal – and added a keyboard and a monitor and wired two transformers onto the power supply, they could use the remaining 4K to run their programs.

They built 200 computers like this by hand. Too many retellings of stories like this glitz through hours and hours of repetitive work with “and the rest is history”.

Interesting challenge in how you communicate such effort without bogging a story down but society has a frustratingly glib attitude to communicating boring hard work.