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Books about the history of computing or about the current state in a serious or humoristic way.

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Despite Loompanics' reputation as a "dark side" publisher, this may be a very good book. It deals primarily with social engineering, despite the purported coverage of other topics. It would therefore be valuable reading material around corporate lunchrooms, since forewarned is just a little bit more paranoid and, therefore, forearmed. As those involved with data security in the real world well know, cracking is basically a con job. Thus, The Knightmare, if he really is "super", is a con artist par excellence--and is pulling off a really great con here! Revealing the secrets of social engineering poses very little threat to security. Con men already exist and will continue to exist. Cracker wannabes are unlikely to be able ... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Companion to the PBS series (US public TV) about the history of the Internet. Using a very readable style the history of the Internet is described. Must read for people interested in this history. There is more Internet then the web.
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In the dust jacket blurbs, Mitch Kapor is quoted as calling this, "A Magic Mystery Tour of the human side of cyberspace." Although the points of some passages are mysterious, this book definitely concentrates on the human face of computer mediated communications. Tom Peters calls it "riveting". Now the personal aspects of net communication are important, and too often get lost in the technology. Rheingold's "stream of anecdote" style is also pretty much guaranteed to keep your attention. But Rheingold's view of the nets is limited, lopsided and even somewhat distorted. A "Nonsequitor" cartoon shows a long line of people in business dress waiting their turn at a table. Standing before the table, with their backs to a wall, ... Rest of this review on the detail page
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A good history of UNIX is long overdue, and what better time to rectify such an error than on the twenty-fifth birthday of the OS. Salus' account is quite UNIX-like: powerful, concise and interesting--but the reader had better come prepared with (a) some background, or (b) persistence in digging out between- the-lines information. As Salus points out, the story of UNIX has affected all current operating systems. It is therefore no surprise that the stories of UNIX involve a veritable who's who of the computer world. What *is* surprising is the lack of referents to tie these people to their current positions. Peter Neumann is credited with the original name of UNICS (UNiplexed Information and Computing Service, a pun on "ema... Rest of this review on the detail page
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