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TitleThe Best of 2600: A Hacker Odyssey
Author(s)Emmanuel Goldstein
PublishedJuly 2008
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Reviewer Koos van den Hout wrote:
This book is not just 'the best of 2600', this book is also a history of technology, personal freedom, activism, communication systems that have grown and passed away and the people around all these subjects. Articles from 2600 magazine are reprinted from 1984 to about 2008, ordered by decade. And those decades each have their own sharply distinctive hacker history. The 1980s with the BBSes, the raids, access to computing power limited to big companies. The 1990s with the Internet for the masses, cheap computing power for everyone interested, networking for everyone. And the 2000s when new fears erupted. As a documented history, this book is great. Authors who write articles for 2600 magazine will not always generate the most easy to read text, but they can be forgiven for being very enthusiast to share their experiences and opinion. The book is unsurprisingly a bit USA-centered, but other countries with their own hacking history are not forgotten. I have enjoyed reading this book, and I learned new things from this book.

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Since 1984, the quarterly magazine 2600 has provided fascinating articles for readers who are curious about technology. Find the best of the magazine’s writing in Best of 2600: A Hacker Odyssey, a collection of the strongest, most interesting, and often most controversial articles covering 24 years of changes in technology, all from a hacker’s perspective. Included are stories about the creation of the infamous tone dialer “red box” that allowed hackers to make free phone calls from payphones, the founding of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the insecurity of modern locks.

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