In the Beginning...was the Command Line
This is "the Word" -- one man's word, certainly -- about the art (and artifice) of the state of our computer-centric existence. And considering that the "one man" is Neal Stephenson, "the hacker Hemingway" (Newsweek) -- acclaimed novelist, pragmatist, seer, nerd-friendly philosopher, and nationally bestselling author of groundbreaking literary works (Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, etc., etc.) -- the word is well worth hearing. Mostly well-reasoned examination and partial rant, Stephenson's In the Beginning... was the Command Line is a thoughtful, irreverent, hilarious treatise on the cyber-culture past and present; on operating system tyrannies and downloaded popular revolutions; on the Internet, Disney World, Big Bangs, not to mention the meaning of life itself.
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Review: In the Beginning...Was the Command LineUser Review - Liam Proven - Goodreads
Wonderful extended essay by a master of the form. Dives deep into the hows and whys of Unix, Windows and the fondly-missed BeOS, with much exegesis of Why Computers Are The Way They Are. And it's a free download. Highly recommended way to spend a few hours. Read full review
Review: In the Beginning...Was the Command LineUser Review - Jason Bauer - Goodreads
Having a Degree in Computer Engineering, from when the time this was written brings me back to long discussion on computing I had with friends. The result is the same, in some things he is right, but ... Read full review