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Nerds 2.0.1, the first detailed history of computer networking, begins in the 1960s with the launch of the Soviet Sputnik satellite and the efforts of one Pentagon bureaucrat, Bob Taylor, to save money. By building a network of computers, he believed the government could avoid buying so many new ones for academic research. From these modest Cold War beginnings a global net ...more
Published November 1st 1999 by TV Books (first published 1998)
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Apr 21, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
the plot points and content itself is interesting.
But I think the split into 10 year chapters was a bad decision.
The jump from the different settings is sometimes jarring, and the development is hard to follow as a consequence of this.
Dariusz Stochmal
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great book for all the techies out there.
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
How did an underfunded Dept. of Defense project to try to save computing time become the Internet? This should help answer that question.
Apr 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Reading this book brought me back to my childhood, and my very first encounter with "computers" in the 6th grade: a programmable calculator our math teacher brought into class one day. It was the size of a small television set.

I had mixed feelings as I read. The first third of the book is brilliant, recounting how the personal computer and packet-switched networking grew out of Cold War projects by ARPA. The first person accounts from the men who shaped the nascent Internet were fascinating. I w
Jimi Bostock
Mar 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
one of my most cherished books. You could not say that it is brilliantly written but it tells the greatest story about the very foundations of the internet.

It is so interesting how a bunch of pretty much outsiders came up with what may be the greatest invention ever
Jun 04, 2008 rated it did not like it
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*yawn* I had to read this for class... Great if you're out of sleeping pills. ...more
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A good overview of a lot of people and science leading to the internet.
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