The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jan 19, 2009 - Computers - 304 pages
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“Magisterial. . . . Draws an elegant and illuminating parallel between the late-19th-century electrification of America and today’s computing world.”—Salon

Hailed as “the most influential book so far on the cloud computing movement” (Christian Science Monitor), The Big Switch makes a simple and profound statement: Computing is turning into a utility, and the effects of this transition will ultimately change society as completely as the advent of cheap electricity did. In a new chapter for this edition that brings the story up-to-date, Nicholas Carr revisits the dramatic new world being conjured from the circuits of the “World Wide Computer.”
 

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User Review  - jontseng - LibraryThing

Brilliant exposition of cloud computing - the comparison to electricity really is a killer analogy. Unfortunately the later sections feel a little like a rehash of previously printed journalism. Read full review

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User Review  - BakuDreamer - LibraryThing

You could skip part one. Now the ' cloud ' is really starting to arrive. ( I still have serious reservations about it ) Read full review

Contents

A Doorway in Boston
1
The Inventor and His Clerk
25
Digital Millwork
45
Goodbye Mr Gates
63
Living in the Cloud
105
From the Many to the Few
127
The Great Unbundling
149
Flame and Filament
231
Acknowledgments
261
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Nicholas Carr is the author of The Shallows, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and The Glass Cage, among other books. Former executive editor of the Harvard Business Review, he has written for The Atlantic, the New York Times, and Wired. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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