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Terrible Nerd Paperback – November 2, 2012
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"A joyous romp down memory lane for all us nerds who lived through the home computer revolution of the 1980's!" -- David Simmer II, Blogography
"A rich chronicle that deftly mixes details of his beloved technologies with the zeitgeist a particular time and space. An entertaining read for technologists and non-techies alike." -- Tom Gellar, Slashdot
"An interesting and highly entertaining read" -- Greg Barbrick, Blogcritics
"A tale to which all retrocomputing enthusiasts can relate." -- Ken Gagne, Juiced.GS
About the Author
Kevin Savetz maintains an extensive online archive of classic computer and gaming magazines at AtariMagazines.com and AtariArchives.org. He owns the free Internet-based faxing solution FaxZero.com, and is the creator of 85 websites under the FreePrintable.net umbrella.
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Top customer reviews
So many of Kevin’s experiences were mine back in the day with the Atari obsession and typing pages of BASIC code from magazines.
But while my story stops with having an Atari 400 in the house in the mid-80′s, Kevin shares his path of nerdy fun the whole time through.
Even if you weren't around or didn't get into games and computers back then, it’s a fun peek into Kevin’s coming of age and hearing all of the experiences in his voice that resulted in friendships, hobbies, and a career.
I have known Kevin for years and didn't realize he was AOL’s Internet AnswerMan – I learned HTML from tutorials on AOL and probably asked him a question or two back then.
And I was absolutely fascinated that he once managed to accidentally crash the Internet for all of Europe.
Kevin's shocking openness about some disturbing events in his childhood and his honesty about some actions he's not proud of just serve to draw you into the book even more. All in all, a fast enjoyable read.
Kevin’s story is fairly similar to my own, and that of a lot of people I know. We grew up online thirty years before the era of social media. I’ve read a couple of these memoirs so far, and I’ve enjoyed Kevin’s the most. Others I’ve read tended to focus on how many “warez” they accumulated and such. What I like about Kevin’s story is that he takes a longer view and thus sees some of the bigger trends of the dawn of the era of the personal computer.
Most recent customer reviews
Worth a reread down the road. Thanks for the fun!