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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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The book that describes in every detail why Unix must die and picks on every possible flaw or makes a flaw out of a design choice. A funny read even if you completely disagree with the book.
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Robert Reid explores the history of the Net from a business perspective--how a communication system nominally built for national defense and in effect taken over by education and research came to erupt as the most important medium since television--and with greater speed and intensity than any communication medium ever. Each chapter examines the Web's business development through the story of one of its pioneers--including Marc Andreeson of Netscape, Mark Pesce of VRML, Jerry Yang of Yahoo!, Halsey Minor of CNET, and more. Its an exciting story of frantic activity in a whirlwind environment and of the individuals who rode the to... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Open Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution is a fascinating look at the raging debate that is its namesake. Filled with writings from the central players--from Linux creator Linus Torvalds to Perl creator Larry Wall--the book convinces the reader of the overwhelming merits of freeing up the many iterations of software's source code. The open-source movement has become a cause célèbre in light of the widespread adoption of Linux, Perl, and Apache as well as its corporate support from Netscape, IBM, and Oracle--and strongly felt opposition from Microsoft. Open Sources doesn't address why these Microsoft foes are thro... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Bronson's last novel, Bombardiers, was wonderful, so it comes as no surprise that his latest novel is just marvelous. What does it take for entrepreneurs to risk everything, develop a product, start a company, and take it public? When social idealism, corporate politics, petty jealousies, money fever--all part of the business landscape in Silicon Valley--meet, the results make for a fun, fast-paced read. And if you're familiar with the culture of Silicon Valley, you'll find yourself asking if this is a novel or a chronicle of the times. Just make sure you clear your calendar before picking up this book--you won't be doing anything ... Rest of this review on the detail page
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