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Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2001

    The good old days!

    Although the book covers the early days of the computer revolution and its growth over the decades, the most nostalgic part for me was the early 1980s segment. For those who remember, it was the dawn of the home computer age, and there were so many platforms to choose from (today it's just PC and Mac). There were a lot of movers and shakers, pioneers with a vision. And back then, Bill Gates was just some guy that made a Disk Operating System and a version of the BASIC programming language. As the title demonstrates, 'hackers' are referred to as the good guys. There was actually once upon a time when the word had positive meanings. Today most people associate the word 'hacker' with people bent with destructive purporses with their computers. A very good read for those interested in the history of the computer age and the people that made a difference. They paved way for the computers we all are using today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2000

    Incredible read

    I've read Steven Levy's articles in Macworld magazine. It's this book, Hackers, that earned him my utmost respect as an author. Levy chronicles the history of hacking from the ancient 1960's at MIT up through the early 1980's. While the material is apparently non-fiction, the book flows very well, and is well suited to reading chapters every now and then, as every few chapters covers a different breed of hacker.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    Not Working

    Unable to open sample on my tablet. Delete!

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  • Posted November 11, 2012

    Since I knew, from childhood, one of the major players in this b

    Since I knew, from childhood, one of the major players in this book, I feel qualified to comment on the nature of Mr. Levy's accuracy and scholarship, as well as his enthusiastic and readable writing style. I would say that he got the essence and attitude of my friend as accurately as one could hope for. After reading over 50 pages concerning this fellow, Mr. Levy left me with only one comment...which was "SPOT-ON!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    This is a great read

    This is a great read for understanding the history of hacking and who where the role players.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2011

    Great book about the foundation of modern computing

    This is a great read on the history of computing, and an interesting study on what defined the earliest hackers, and the hacker spirit. I recommend this book highly to those who love computers and want to learn more about what defined the computer they are currently using.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2001

    A book about true Hackerism

    Unlike what any AOL-lamer might think this book is not about security exploitation or anything of the like. Hacking is a philosophy, and this book describes it ever so eloquently. This is one of the best computer history books ever written for programmers and curious users alike. This takes you through the world where computers were only for the highly privileged all the way to the beginnings of mainstream home computing. You get to learn about the real pioneers of computing, from those that began the AI revolution to the writer of the ever so popular EMACS. A smooth read, I highly recommend it to anyone interested in computers in general.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2001

    Very in depth

    You wouldn't believe the detail in this book. It's basically a step by step description of the biggest computer accomplishments when computers had just came out. It is very percise, down to the model numbers, and characteristics. This is a very good book if you're a techie. Otherwise, go read a dummies book, dummy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2000

    Great book about Real Hackers

    This book is a great read, it starts from the early days of huge mainframes to the early years of PCs, it chronicles the lifes and accomplishments of real hackers not those wanna-bes that just want to destroy things.

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