Geeks Bearing Gifts: How the Computer World Got this Way

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Mindful Press, 2009 - Computers - 199 pages
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THE PERFECT GIFT - Whether you love the computer world the way it is, or consider it a nightmare honkytonk prison, you'll giggle and rage at Ted Nelson's telling of computer history, its personalities and infights. Computer movies, music, 3D; the eternal fight between Jobs and Gates; the tangled stories of the Internet and the World Wide Web; all these and more are punchily told in brief chapters on many topics such as The Web Browser Salad, Voting Machines, Google, Web 2.0 and much more. These short stories make great reading - it's a book to dip in and out of. You'll find answers to such questions as # Why do alphabets have upper case, why not numbers? # Why does everything have to be hierarchical on computers? That's not how *my* projects are organized! Where did WYSIWYG come from? The answer will surprise you. Plus, you'll find out why the author, a well-known computer veteran, hopes it can all become much better.

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User Review  - Thorsten - Goodreads

brilliantly contrarian! To get a feel for how good this is, check out his series of computer history lessons on youtube, under the name Computers For Cynics - here's episode 0 - Read full review

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User Review  - Elizabeth - Goodreads

Weird and wonderful, snarky and celebratory. Don't read this if you're looking for a simple history of the computer world. But do read it if you want to be de-mystified away from the view of ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Sharlene and Ted Nelson have been co-authoring books for twenty years. They have written several books for Scholastic Library Publishing, including the Nez Perce, The Golden Gate Bridge, and Mount St. Helens national Park. The Nelsons attended the University of California at Berkeley. The Nelsons live in Washington State.

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