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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User Review  - grandpahobo - LibraryThing

Excellent explanation of the OS/hardware wars between Microsoft and Apple. The nature of the battle has changed since this was written, but its still an excellent distillation of the history of the industry. Read full review

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User Review  - ABVR - LibraryThing

At 160 pages, this slim volume is more of an extended essay than a full-blown book. Even at that brief length, however, what Stephenson attempts is fairly audacious: a history of personal-computer ... Read full review

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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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