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5.0 out of 5 stars The real meaning of the word 'HACKER'., 23 Jan. 1999
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This review is from: Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution (Penguin Press Science) (Paperback)
This book is a must for anyone who has a passing interest in the net or anything to do with computers. Much has been written in the press and many books have been published on and about so called 'hackers'. We all know the type they refer to, the pale teenagers hell bent on bringing society to its kness all in the name of a bit of fun. Well this is a book that explains what a hacker really is, where the term came from, and what the the true meaning of the word is. This is a book about teenagers alright, but a harmless type, one with no malice towards the world. Their singular aim was to make things more efficent, faster, better. Its an innocent ride back in time when 1k was a universe in which to live out your fantasies. As much as it is about the origins of hacking it is also about people, extraordinary people who went to some amazing lengths to get time to use their beloved computers. You'll be amazed by some of the tales in this book and maybe after reading it you'll look at the stories in the press with more criticism. The press have a tendency to label anyone caught commiting computer crime a hacker. 'Crackers' are the ones who damage the world, not hackers. They just want to make it better. I urge you to read this book you won't be disappointed.
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