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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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with the cooperation of Robert V. D. Campbell This collection of technical essays and reminiscences is a companion volume to I. Bernard Cohen's biography, Howard Aiken: Portrait of a Computer Pioneer. After an overview by Cohen, Part I presents the first complete publication of Aiken's 1937 proposal for an automatic calculating machine, which was later realized as the Mark I, as well as recollections of Aiken's first two machines by the chief engineer in charge of construction of Mark II, Robert Campbell, and the principal programmer of Mark I, Richard Bloch. Henry Tropp describes Aiken's hostility to the exclusive use of binary numbers in computational systems and his alternative approach. Part II contains essays on Aiken's administrative ... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Akin to the car buff's collector book, this beautifully illustrated chronological look at the PC from the 1970's to today, is sure to spark nostalgia in every PC enthusiast's heart. Digital Retro: The Evolution and Design of the Personal Computer is a definitive guide that tells the story of the classic home computers that paved the way for the PCs we use today. It uniquely combines the technological and design evolution of the modern PC with stories of the masterminds behind the machines--inventors, programmers, designers, and businessmen. It even includes specially commissioned photography of actual machines from the personal collections of computer enthusiasts and historians.
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No other computer inspires devotion like a Mac. The largest and most fervent subculture in computing, Mac fans come in all shapes and sizes, but never waver in their dedication. Like fans of a football team or rock band, Macintosh fans have their own subculture, with clearly defined obsessions and rites of passage. The Cult of Mac takes you inside the world of the Mac addict. Meet fans who get Mac tattoos and haircuts, people who travel across the globe to attend Apple Store openings, and counterculture icons who love the Mac. Discover the realm where old Macs become aquariums or bongs, origami Macs are made out of paper, and where the Macs of the future are envisioned not by suits in Cupertino, but by Mac heads all over the world. Visit th... Rest of this review on the detail page
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As the number of Web users continues to swell, so do the numbers of online opportunists, con artists, miscreants, and psychopaths. Recognizing this danger, this book provides a reader-friendly guide that helps Web users identify, avoid, and survive online predators and protect their families. Detailing a broad range of abusive practices, ordinary PC users will share in victims' stories and advice on how to handle junk e-mail, "flaming," privacy invasion, financial scams, cyber stalking, and identity theft. Provided are tips, strategies, and techniques that can be put to immediate use, as well as laws, organizations, and Web resources that can aid victims and help them fight back.
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This second edition of the popular reference and textbook outlines the historical developments in computing technology. The book describes historical aspects of calculation and concentrates on the physical devices used to aid people in their attempts at automating the arithmetic process. A History of Computing Technology highlights the major advances in arithmetic from the beginning of counting, through the three most important developments in the subject: the invention of the zero, logarithms, and the electronic computer. It provides you with an understanding of how these ideas developed and why the latest tools are in their current forms. In addition, it tells many of the interesting stories about both the machines and the scientists who ... Rest of this review on the detail page
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