G. J. Little

Helpful votes received on reviews: 82% (14 of 17)
Location: Chapel Hill, NC


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,910,019 - Total Helpful Votes: 14 of 17
Extra Life: Coming Of Age In Cyberspace by David Bennahum
This is a thoroughly entertaining and absorbing book. Although the author/protagonist grew up in New York, and I grew up in a small town in East Sussex, England the book strikes a chord with my own coming of age. One reviewer remarked that nothing really happens in this book, and that's quite true. There is no big lesson to be learned, and there is no technical detail to be absorbed. The author simply puts into words the strange attraction that boys of a certain age had with this new technology, thought of as a toy at the time, which then changed the western world over the next 2 decades. I literally couldn't put this book down.
Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution by Steven Levy
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of breed, 4 April 2005
This is simply the best computer history book I've ever read. The early chapters at MIT, I think are the the stand-out chapters here. Early computer music, computer games are all pioneered in the AI lab. Finally, I understand why the MIT AI lab was so revered. The only down side, is that most other books written since simply fail to live up to the standard of journalism that has gone into this effort. Superb.
Rebel Code: Linux and the Open Source Revolution by Glyn Moody
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I found this book as interesting for it's sense of being written at the hight of the dot-com boom, when it seemed Linux would truly change everything as I did it's intended content. There is a lot in here about the history and philosophy the Free Software foundation (FSF) which really put the whole 'Linux' thing into perspective i.e. 'Linux' is just the kernel, the thing that really makes 'Linux' exciting is the GNU philosophy (read the book to find out more).
Although I enjoyed the book, the journalism is pretty one-sided and almost totally un-critical of the open-source philosophy. For instance, it does not touch on the fact that, for all the clever-clever hackers out in GNU land -… Read more

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