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wpietri · 2019-04-29 · Original thread
> "Nerd" and "geek" or even "freak" were never pejoratives in the way that the other word was.

No, it was the same way, not just the same degree. E.g., a geek was originally the sideshow circus freak who bit heads of chickens and ate live insects. That comparison was not favorable, especially in the 50s and 60s, when conformity was strongly enforced.

I'm guessing you are young enough that you have only experienced the rise of tech. For some flavor of the early days, try Levy's "Hackers":

source99 · 2016-10-11 · Original thread
If you are enjoying these updates I can't say enough great things about the Book Hackers by Steven Levy -
RockyMcNuts · 2015-09-21 · Original thread
Yeah... author should read Hackers before writing another word about history of computing, there is hardly a correct sentence in that blog post -
nekkoru · 2015-07-07 · Original thread
If you want a very detailed account of the super early history of electronic computing, George Dyson's "Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe."

Other great titles I'd recommend is Steven Levy's "Hackers" and Phil Lapsley's "Exploding the Phone"

Hope you enjoy!

douche · 2015-05-25 · Original thread
I was reading Hackers ( earlier this month, and that sounds pretty much like the "bachelor-mode" described therein.

It's tough... You can devote your time to a logical, rational system that provides consistent rewards to your efforts - or you can pursue sex and unpredictable human factors.

amerkhalid · 2015-03-25 · Original thread
Hackers is a great read, it reads like a very engaging novel. Although it starts in 1960s. So it is missing a lot earlier history.
Tloewald · 2015-03-21 · Original thread
Ideas aren't worth much. The real idea that Steve Jobs and Bill Gates had was that personal computers and software were compelling products that would have value to ordinary people.

I suggest you read the book "Hackers" by Stephen Levy (aside from probably giving more accurate insight into the origins of Microsoft and Apple, also includes timeshare, Unix, the free software movement, and IIRC Lisp Machines in its recounting, all in a lot less space than Isaacson's complete ballsup).

myth_buster · 2015-02-24 · Original thread
Was hit by the nostalgia of reading Hackers [0]. What a great prank but quite an extreme dike.


myth_buster · 2015-01-27 · Original thread
May I suggest Hackers by Steven Levy [0]. It was a phenomenal and inspirational read for me. Having born during the turn of the century, I'd missed the evolution of computers and programming. This book helped me fill that gap.

Incidentally, Hackers was what I read after I read Masters of Doom. Here's a quote from Masters of Doom:

" Overnight, it seemed, Carmack was in a strange house, with a strange family and going to a strange school, a junior high with no gifted program or computer’s. He’d never felt so alone. Then one day he realized he wasn’t. The book Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution was a revelation. "

Edit: Donald Knuth heartily recommends it too[1].



nsrango · 2014-09-22 · Original thread
MIT "hack" comes from the pranks and unauthorized adventuring that many undergraduates came to enjoy on campus. (eg.

Hack was then used by MIT's TMRC of which many members became involved with/helped build the AI-lab. The first third of Hackers ( gives a good perspective on the evolution.

kennu · 2012-04-03 · Original thread
One interesting fact: Leisure Suit Larry is pretty much directly based on the text adventure game. If you try it, you'll find the plot and the surroundings very familiar.

Personally I discovered this while reading which I recommend to anyone.

cschmidt · 2011-06-27 · Original thread
I'm reading In the Plex right now. It is worth reading, however it doesn't have the same spark has Steven Levy's classic book Hackers.

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