Computer Factoids: Tales from the High-tech Underbelly

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iUniverse, Apr 1, 2005 - Computers - 156 pages
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Computers are those unfathomable contraptions everyone everywhere loves to hate. We can't live with them, but we can't live without them. Contempt for our byte-based existence has developed universal appeal crossing boundaries of culture, economics, religion, and language. Everyone you know has a "those stupid computers" story. If you think you have heard it all, STOP.

The digital revolution began in 1951. Computer Factoids chronicles behind-the-scenes digital weirdness from Day One. Kirk Kirksey covers the landscape of computer history, cyber legend, digital mythology, and Internet lore. Put away your pocket protector because you won't find any techno-babble on these pages. Each of these 39 high-tech yarns is an easy-read with a serious dose of attitude. Whether it is a computer powered by rotting potatoes or a symphony performed by obsolete dot-matrix printers or a computerized bra equipped with a modem, these tales of the digital surreal will make you stand up and shout, "Honey, you're not going to believe this."

 

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Contents

Cheeseburgers Cyberspace and Immortality
13
Incident at the WordPerfect Help Desk
27
Cabbage Divine
42
The First Cyber Villain
56
Patron Saint of the Internet
65
The Fungus Among Us
73
Microchip Graffiti and the Bill Sux Hoax
80
Rage Against the Machine
86
The Warhol Worm
93
The Death Door Riddle
99
Electronic Brain Predicts Winner of Presidential Election
110
InterPet Explorer
120
The Irina Virus
127
The Brava Computerized Bra
133
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