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User Review  - RalphLagana - LibraryThing

This is a book for those interested in the early years of computer development. I enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane to that time when computers were largely over-sized pet rocks. What makes the ... Read full review

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User Review  - ilokhov - LibraryThing

Being younger than the original edition of this book, I never lived through the personal computer revolution. For someone like me this book therefore provides a valuable history lesson in the ... Read full review

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User Review  - epersonae - LibraryThing

I'm still sort of processing this book a week later. All the status updates I posted are notes I wrote on paper while I was reading, alas I ran out of scraps while sick in bed, somewhere around pg 350 ... Read full review

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User Review  - co_coyote - LibraryThing

This is the 25th Anniversary Edition of this venerable book, and well worth reading again! We just celebrated the 30th anniversary of the IBM Personal PC and this book is all about the people whose ... Read full review

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A brilliant, well written piece on the hacker culture and its early defining moments. Levy brings to life what a no other book probably will do, and this part of the start of the computer revolution may have been lost in the slums of computing history. It may not seem like much today, the computers were underpowered and in this day and age of facebook games and mobile phones in pretty much in everyones hands - writing a game of spacewar or pong is laughable - most any competent programmer could churn the code out in a few hours with a fancy IDE and debugger. But Levy portrays the infancy of computing culture and hackerism in a very romaticised style, the constraints and the new-ness of the challenges that these young hackers faced, and the brilliancy with which they overcame the problems are highlighted and makes this book highly readable. This book is recommended for anyone who yearns for their youth and youthful mischief in dimly lit corridors of some academic institution, and for anyone who wants to learn about what drove the innovations that made computers what they are today. 

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All About Me : "hi'' my name is Nazim Hossen and I'm a third grader at Benson Hill Elementary school and I am 8 years old, when I grow up I want to be an inventor.

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A fantastic story, inspiring to anyone who has ever had a fascination with computers. I have a great, new, respect for the people that are documented in this book. The things that they did were incredible for the time and they advanced society's technology against great odds.

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A very good book and very inspiring but can't help think Levy has a huge man crush on some of the old hackers. Some of the activities like breaking into the work shop for tools seem to be praised. They may have not meant to do wrong but not something to lookup to them for. Otherwise well written and entertaining. 

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This book catalyzed my interest in computers, and in writing software.


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