- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3727 KB
- Print Length: 168 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1847285821
- Publisher: robohara.com (19 Aug. 2006)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001U3YI1I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #499,511 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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did you use a computer in the 80's?
did you play just one game on a computer in the 80's?
if you've read this far then this book is probably for you...
written with a fluidity of style and pacing that feels as natural as the most seasoned of writers, it's strange to remember that this is O'Hara's first book, and a very good first book it is too... describing his years growing up with 8 bit computers, mainly the wonderful C64, there's a wealth of anecdotes and funny asides to keep the reader glued to the page/kindle...
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Rating this book was a tough call. A lot of times, I read what Rob wrote and judged him thinking what a tool he was. However, he does explain a lot of details well. He goes beyond that and communicates the motives behind the scenes. For that I would say this is an okay read.
One thing is for sure. This guy lead quite an exciting life, as exciting as a BBS sysop's life can be I guess.
Talking about expectations though, it was fairly obvious to me that there would not be enough material to fill an entire book, and so I just enjoyed it for what it was.
Well written in a good, interesting style. Less material about the C64 than I would have hoped for, but still an enjoyable read.
I think some of the other reviewers have given the book a low score because one of the biggest focuses of the book is how obsessed the author was with copying/pirating software. I am aware that piracy took place on BBS's and that people used to regularly copy games and stuff, but I was not aware to the extent that some of that activity took place, such as "copyfests" when lots of users would get together for the sole purpose of copying software. I don't condone it (and neither does the author at this point), but it was interesting to read about some stuff that happened in that era that I wasn't familiar with.
This book is hilarious and does a really nice job of capturing the spirit of the BBS era. If you're like me and miss those days, I recommend reading this book. You'll probably get a good laugh and also remember some things that you had long since forgotten.