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Hackers by Steven Levy.

This is the twenty fifth special edition of Steven Levy's classic story about the original computer hackers. It has now been updated with material from well known hackers such as founder of the Free Software Foundation Richard Stallman, Microsoft creator Bill Gates, Facebook creator Mark Zukerberg and Tim O'Reilly. Hackers traces the early days of computing from the research labs in the late 1950s to the rise of the home computer in the 1980s. This is a story of brilliant computer boffins such as Steve Wozniak, Ken Williams, and John Draper who took risks, bent the rules, and took the world in a radical new direction.

The meaning of the word "Hacker" has been much changed over the years, today is is used in a very much negative sense. Forty years ago, it referred to people who found clever and unorthodox solutions to computer engineering problems -- a practice that became known as "the hacker ethic."
Steven Levy introduces you to MIT's Tech Model Railroad Club through the DIY culture that created the first home computers, the Altair, the Apple II, the Commodore 64 -and finally to the gaming culture of the early '80s. From students sneaking access to machines to engineers uncovering the secrets of what would become the Internet, Hackers captures a seminal period in history when underground activities blazed a trail for today's digital world. This book is not just for geeks -- it's for everyone interested in origins of the computer revolution.

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