In the Beginning...was the Command Line

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HarperCollins, Nov 9, 1999 - Computers - 160 pages
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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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A great overview of the history of personal computing. - Goodreads
educational and hilarious! - Goodreads
The imagery of the hole hawg stays with me to this day. - Goodreads

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User 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

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User 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

About the author (1999)

Neal Stephenson is the author of Reamde, Anathem; the three-volume historical epic the Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World); Cryptonomicon; The Diamond Age; Snow Crash, which was named one of Time magazine's top one hundred all-time best English-language novels; and Zodiac. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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