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محمد حکمت
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This little book with its beautiful accompanying illustrations is quite thought-provoking. It covers a wide range of ideas and observations from the relationship between software and humans, nature and software, and human and nature. It poses questions on the philosophy of software design, although at times it fails to provide an answer. The book is short and even shorter than what one would expect from its page count, yet it's deep and by the time I reached the last page it left me wanting more ...more
Rajesh Kamath
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is an amazing little treasure - quirky, delightful and thought-provoking, without being fluffy. Indeed, whenever Sep appears to be getting too utopian, he gives real-world examples of highly successful companies, to ground his ideas.

If this book could be said to have a central thesis, it'd be this -- the Industrial Age had its successful paradigms, like the factory. And these paradigms influenced how we thought about and organized other aspects of society, like education. The Internet
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Puneet Kohli
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book is a collection of short write-ups (akin to a Facebook status) by the author. The book is a quick afternoon read from cover to cover but provides little to no value to the reader.

As a programmer reading this book to get some insights, all I was left with was the ramblings of another.

Well-written, but not a great read.
Leonard
Jun 18, 2020 rated it liked it
The is well written with nice illustrations. A short read.
Bria
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Basically a collection of short blog posts that more or less captures the sentiments of the modern thoughtful programmer.
Alon Cohen
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it
A true gem.
Raphael Schaad
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Collection of very short essays about software and life by Sep Kamvar. Philosophical and inspirational. Easy and quick read.

Notes:
- Quote during a lecture of the author at the MIT Media Lab: "As creators of technology, a strong perspective on life creates a strong perspective on technology, which creates strong and differentiated products."
- Highlights: (1) Making something a little easier can create big shifts (Google button; p. 65), (2) How software can shape the city (Twitter + food trucks; p
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