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on 12 December 2001
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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on 4 April 1999
"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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on 28 July 1999
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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on 4 June 1998
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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on 5 June 1998
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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on 30 June 2001
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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on 7 May 1999
You have to read to gain a toehold on the scene, but it's not the complete story.
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on 22 February 1998
Any people will find computers and computer guys more interesting after reading this wonderful book :-p
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on 17 June 1997
I wish I found this book as soon it was publish!
The content is a eye-catcher, I can't sleep!
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on 24 May 1999
Cannot be beaten for humourus comment, A must for any serious Linux/Unix user
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