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Steven Levy's classic book explains why the misuse of the word "hackers" to describe computer criminals does a terrible disservice to many important shapers of the digital revolution. Levy follows members of an MIT model railroad club--a group of brilliant budding electrical engineers and computer innovators--from the late 1950s to the mid-1980s. These eccentric characters used the term "hack" to describe a clever way of improving the electronic system that ran their massive railroad. And as they started designing clever ways to improve computer systems, "hack" moved over with them. These maverick characters were often fanatics who did not always restrict themselves to the letter of the law and who devoted themselves to what became known as "The Hacker Ethic." The book traces the history of hackers, from finagling access to clunky computer-card-punching machines to uncovering the inner secrets of what would become the Internet. This story of brilliant, eccentric, flawed, and often funny people devoted to their dream of a better world will appeal to a wide audience. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"A remarkable collection of characters . . . courageously exploring mindspace, an inner world where nobody had ever been before." -- The New York Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
This should be required reading for everyone who works in information technology. Security is everyone's concern! Read morePublished 1 day ago by John P. Robinett
Where did we come from? How did we get here? Where are we going? At least as far as computer technology is concerned, this book explains it all. Read morePublished 10 days ago by bobwyzguy
Struck me as unnecessarily sensationalististic. But good, entertaining read all the same.Published 2 months ago by Eric
Got this book for my husband's birthday gift. He says "five stars"Published 3 months ago by Jaclyne Roberts
It's a little long and starts slow but it's a great read if you like technology and history. There are so many people who I never knew were part of how it all started. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Hodgie
I got this because it was supposed to be a classic in the field but, was very flat and I did not find it compelling.Published 5 months ago by Michael N
Very entertaining look at the "early" days of computing. Found it both funny and informative.Published 5 months ago by Nile Kurschinski