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A thought provoking read, 9 Mar. 2005
As the title suggests this book is made up of a collection of essays ranging over a number of subjects. I found it generally light reading and even where it becomes more complex, notably the section about spam filtering, the book is clear enough to get the gist of what is being discussed without delving into the technicalities to deeply.
Since reading the book I have been recommending it to people of all technical backgrounds to help them understand the techies in their lives.
The book also explains why many people who consider themselves hackers don't fit the Hollywood/press usage of the term, i.e. a hacker is not someone who breaks into computer systems but someone who enjoys the creative processes involved in computer programming. From that point of view I am certainly a hacker, at least in some degree, and can identify with many of the views in the book.
Whether you're a techie or not this book is well worth reading if you ever come into contact with computer systems or the people who develop them.