Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution by Steven LevyA mere fifteen years ago, computer nerds were seen as marginal weirdos, outsiders whose world would never resonate with the mainstream. That was before one pioneering work documented the underground computer revolution that was about to change our world forever. With groundbreaking profiles of Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, MITs Tech Model Railroad Club, and more, Steven Levys Hackers brilliantly captured a seminal moment when the risk-takers and explorers were poised to conquer twentieth-century Americas last great frontier. And in the Internet age, the hacker ethic-first espoused here-is alive and well.
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#46 Book Club: Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution by Steven Levy
This is probably one of my favorite books, but I'm not much of a reader. It's just really cool to see two really enthusiastic guys doing what they loved back in the wild west era of game development and becoming extremely successful at it. It's amazing that one guy Carmack single-handedly created the technology needed to have such a revolutionary experience on PCs. It's doubly cool that he's about to do the same thing twice in one lifetime with Oculus. May I suggest Hackers by Steven Levy . It was a phenomenal and inspirational read for me. Having born during the turn of the century, I'd missed the evolution of computers and programming.
Levy is founder of Backchannel, a tech news publication hosted on the Wired site. Previous positions include senior writer for Wired; and chief technology writer and a senior editor for Newsweek. Steven Levy's classic book traces the exploits of the computer revolution's original hackers - those brilliant and eccentric nerds from the late s through the early '80s who took risks Few companies have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives The creation of the Mac, in , catapulted America into the digital millennium, captured a fanatic cult audience, and transformed the computer industry into an unprecedented mix of technology, economics, and show business On October 23, , Apple Computer, a company known for its chic, cutting-edge technology, launched a product with an enticing promise: you can carry an entire music collection in your pocket Steven Levy.
Levy describes the people, the machines, and the events that defined the Hacker Culture and the Hacker Ethic , from the early mainframe hackers at MIT , to the self-made hardware hackers and game hackers. Immediately following is a brief overview of the issues and ideas that are brought forward by Steven Levy's book, as well as a more detailed interpretation of each chapter of the book, mentioning some of the principal characters and events. The book saw an edition with a new afterword entitled "Afterword: Ten Years After" by the author in First and foremost to Levy's principles is the concept of the hacker ethic and the popularization of them to popular culture. In Levy's own words, the principles dictate:. The hacker ethic deals with the idea that individuals are performing a duty for the common good, an analogy to a modern day "Robin Hood". The hacker communities as a result are prided on the fact that they are the rebellion against authority figures that restrict this level of computer freedom.