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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 idea behind Xerox's interdisciplinary Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) is simple: if you put creative people in a hothouse setting, innovation will naturally emerge. PARC's Artist-in-Residence Program (PAIR) brings artists who use new media to PARC and pairs them with researchers who often use the same media, though in different contexts. This is radically different from most corporate support of the arts, where there is little intersection between the disciplines. The result is both interesting art and new scientific innovations. Art and Innovation explores the unique process that grew from this pairing of new media artists and scientists worki... Rest of this review on the detail page
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I am in the middle of this booka and am finding it fascinating. I am recommending it to my boss/technology lead, and plan to pass it around my office. I have discovered that I really am a geek, which explains a lot. This book also has lots of good words explaining the value of open source to the non-convinced. It is very well written and easy to read. I would recommend it highly.
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The story of Kevin Mitnick, as told by Jonathan Littman, who took the time to get to know Kevin. Describing the background of Kevin, how he got interested in the phone system and computer security and the events leading up to his well-known arrest. The book reads as a big adventure with at the same time the thought in the background that this all happened for real. A great book with a more balanced view of Kevin Mitnick than 'Takedown'. I gained a lot more insight and learned about the person from this book. The author describes the long phonecalls with Kevin, giving an insight in how the book came to be and how Kevin was on the run trying to avoid arrest. This also gives the reader a good opportunity to evaluate the impartiality of the aut... Rest of this review on the detail page
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A book about "life at microsoft" or better "microsoft life" as it seems from the book that having a personal life is not really appreciated there or there is very little time left. The book is quite good at "the people behind the software" and bits about the processes that make microsoft software what it is. I started reading the book with the idea of getting some of my opinions about microsoft and their lack of quality control (marketing is everything) being confirmed, but it goes beyond that. Microserfs (serf is another word for servant) is the right term for how the servants of Bill Gates work. Officially you are not to know who worked on a certain piece of software. But they are all still real people with real feelings, real family life... Rest of this review on the detail page
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If you are looking for a precise technical description of building a recumberent bike with built-in computers, this is not the right book to read. If you want to read about what it's like, what happens during such a bike trip across the US, what kind of organizing is involved, what kind of people you meet and how you are influenced, this is a great book. A man who tries a recumberent bike once and gets addicted and follows up with a trip across the US on bike, writing about it on the way, camping out, meeting people, dealing with the weather and everything. Great book! I have read it and I have read it again. Recommended!
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