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  • Hardcover: 568 pages
  • Publisher: MIT Press; 3rd Revised edition edition (29 Nov 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262181789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262181785
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,796,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A sprightly lexicon." William Safire, New York Times Magazine "For anyone who likes to have slippery, elastic fun with language, this is a time for celebration... The New Hacker's Dictionary... is not only a useful guidebook to very much un-official technical terms and street tech slang, but also a de facto ethnography of the early years of the hacker culture." Mondo 2000 "My current favorite is wave a dead chicken.' New to you? You've waved a dead chicken when you've gone through motions to satisfy onlookers (suits?), even when you're sure it's all futile. Raymond's book exhilarates... The New Hacker's Dictionary, though, is not for skimming. Allot, each day, a half hour, severely timed if you hope to get any work done." Hugh Kenner, Byte

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Dec 2001
Format: Paperback
I did my A-Level English Coursework on this kind of thing, and afterwards bought this book. My coursework got an A, but this book is a tuna to my cousework's whitebait!!! I love it and it means I don't have to persuade my parents to let me online whenever I want to find an "appropriate" phrase for something!!! A tad boring occasionally, but the good bits out-number the bad bits by about 100-1! Some neat stories in the back too!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 April 1999
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"The New Hacker's Dictionary" gives the reader a good idea what the Internet was before its explosion in popularity in 1994. Not only does this book describes today's and yesterday's jargon used on the 'net, it also helps the reader understand the history and the developpment of the Network of all networks. Get it for an understanding of technically terms, slang-speak, historical facts and even for a good laugh.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 July 1999
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Detailed explanations of almost every computer related term out there. If you are not familar with the lingo then this book will explain everything you need to know. A great desktop reference guide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jun 1998
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Forget the Wired Style Guide, forget The Dilbert Future -- if you want to write, speak, or otherwise communicate intelligibly about computers and computer culture, you *need* this book. It's everything you could want in a reference book: smart, authentic, intelligible, painstakingly researched, and funnier than hell. Tech journalists will particularly benefit from this book's handy definitions and historical anecdotes -- in fact, the Jargon File from which it originated is itself a prime artifact of computer-culture history. Frankly, anybody who writes about computers for a living and doesn't have this within easy reach of their desk probably isn't worth hearing from in the first place...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jun 1998
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The Jargon File, on which this book is based, has been the definitive guide to online jargon pretty much since there was an online to create jargon about. You may want another book to spell out acronyms and decipher industry-speak, but if you've been thrown in with a bunch of real geeks for the first time and can't understand what seems to be a language of its own, this book is better than Berlitz.
Even people for whom 'foobar' is not a foreign word will enjoy the essays and jokes in The New Hacker's Dictionary, and there's bound to be a phrase or two you can learn from the nerd subculture down the hall.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By programmerare@hotmail.com on 30 Jun 2001
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This book is very worth reading. It teaches you all the computer Jargong and mythology/legends in a concise and good way. Many parts made me laugh,or what do you say about "bogo meter" and "waving a dead chicken".
One of the best books I ever have read.
(My email address means programmer, that was taken)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 May 1999
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You have to read to gain a toehold on the scene, but it's not the complete story.
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