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3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  21 ratings  ·  5 reviews
THE PERFECT GIFT - Whether you love the computer world the way it is, or consider it a nightmare honkytonk prison, you'll giggle and rage at Ted Nelson's telling of computer history, its personalities and infights. Computer movies, music, 3D; the eternal fight between Jobs and Gates; the tangled stories of the Internet and the World Wide Web; all these and more are punchil ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 17th 2008 by Mindful Press
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Bill Seitz
I didn't enjoy this book very much, nor learn much from it.

It's a brief (200pg) history of the people, ideas, decisions that have lead up to our current use of computer and the net.

His master-narrative is that most people think of the current state as inevitable or governed by the laws of nature, and he's trying to show that it's *more* the outcome of personal visions, decisions, and political battles among those visions and decisions. Therefore we should think more critically about what we want
brilliantly contrarian!
To get a feel for how good this is, check out his series of computer history lessons on youtube, under the name Computers For Cynics - here's episode 0 -

Weird and wonderful, snarky and celebratory.

Don't read this if you're looking for a simple history of the computer world. But do read it if you want to be de-mystified away from the view of technology as a magical thing that evolved in a simple line towards the present. This book dives in to the chaotic, gossipy and very real world of behind the scenes.
Gary Lang
A 1-star review of a Ted Nelson book is a sad thing to write. Instead, I'll encourage you to search for a copy of "Computer Lib" and read a historic book that is responsible for kick-starting most of the careers of the senior leaders in our industry today. Everything he predicted came true.
Ted Nelson always has something interesting to say.
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Sharlene and Ted Nelson have been co-authoring books for twenty years. The Nelsons live in Washington State.
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