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The New Hacker's Dictionary
This new edition of the hacker's own phenomenally successful lexicon includes more than 100 new entries and updates or revises 200 more. Historically and etymologically richer than its predecessor, it supplies additional background on
Hardcover, Third Edition, 568 pages
Published October 11th 1996 by Mit Press
(first published September 15th 1991)
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Although this is technically a dictionary/encyclopedia I have read it cover to cover many times. Intensely interesting, funny and educational. This is the sort of nerd's paradise that we all wish we could find early in life and man am I glad I found this one early. Also includes all the "Crunchly" comics and several extended anecdotes from hacker culture. If you can find it, read it. (Or just get soft-copy of the interweb.)
Dec 21, 2009 D351 rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
TNHD could definitely use a new edition... There's a lot of out of date info (and unnecessary character-assassination of Kevin Mitnik, in the bibliography) and a lot of current stuff that's in dire need of being added, great sample of the hacker culture right up until '96 though.
Eric S. Raymond is an observer-participant anthropologist in the Internet hacker culture. His research has helped explain the decentralized open-source model of software development that has proven so effective in the evolution of the Internet. Mr. Raymond is also a science fiction fan, a musician, an activist for the First and Second Amendments, and a martial artist with a Black Belt in Tae Kwon ...moreMore about Eric S. Raymond...