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Where Wizards Stay Up Late by Katie  Hafner
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Nov 29, 2010

it was ok

A bit dull... kinda skimmed it towards the end. Could have used more dramatic embellishment. Creation of the first interoperable long distance packet-switching network was a remarkable achievement, but The Story of RFC on Standard 1234 isn't exactly brimming with human interest.

I read this other book about the creation of telegraph networks, The Victorian Internet. It was much more entertaining. In that book, I learned about these old school 'telegraph hackers' who could put their tongues to a telegraph wire and read out morse code as it was transmitted!

I hope I didn't make that up, cos it's such a cool image.

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