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Geeks Bearing Gifts

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  28 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
Dec 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
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 -

May 28, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
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.
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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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