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Review: In the Beginning...Was the Command Line

User Review  - Hasse - Goodreads

Good read, but dated now. This was written in 1999 so some of the prediction the author did is spot on and some not. Nice section of history regarding BeOS, Linux and the other OSes. Read full review

Review: In the Beginning...Was the Command Line

User Review  - Biffbolt - Goodreads

I'm sure this was a fascinating read at the time this was written, but delving into it 15 years later reveals it to be badly dated. Between predicting the likely demise of Apple (7 years before the ... Read full review

Review: In the Beginning...Was the Command Line

User Review  - Santino Maguire - Goodreads

A brief history of operating systems and user interfaces. It's a quick read, and has some fun soliloquys on plebians. It's not necessary reading, but it's a good distraction for an hour or two. Read full review

Review: In the Beginning...Was the Command Line

User Review  - John - Goodreads

This did not age well. Spot on concerning themes but dead wrong on the power of Microsoft, the death of Apple and the longevity of BeOS. Read full review

Review: In the Beginning...Was the Command Line

User Review  - Remram - Goodreads

A good part of this essay is definitely obsolete and irrelevant. Linux has come a long way, the days of 'startx' are over, and BeOS was discontinued in the early 2000s... I also had to skip over what ... Read full review

Review: In the Beginning...Was the Command Line

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

Review: In the Beginning...Was the Command Line

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

Review: In the Beginning...Was the Command Line

User Review  - tartaruga fechada - Goodreads

The tech is dated. The observations about language, culture, and free will are not. "We Americans are the only ones who didn't get creamed at some point during all of this. We are free and prosperous ... Read full review

Review: In the Beginning...Was the Command Line

User Review  - Erika - Goodreads

This essay is outdated, misses the point on a lot of things, and is a bit too dogmatic - everyone must have the same needs and abilities and priorities as I do, so why isn't everyone making the same ... Read full review

Review: In the Beginning...Was the Command Line

User Review  - Chris Marsh - Goodreads

It was interesting at the time I read it, probably kinda dated now. Read full review

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