Hackers : Heroes of the Computer Revolution

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Steven Levy's classic book about the original hackers of the computer revolution is now available in a special 25th anniversary edition, with updated material from noteworthy hackers such as Bill Gates, Mark Zukerberg, Richard Stallman, and Tim O'Reilly. Hackers traces the exploits of innovators from the research labs in the late 1950s to the rise of the home computer in the mid-1980s. It's a fascinating story of brilliant and eccentric nerds such as Steve Wozniak, Ken Williams, and John Draper who took risks, bent the rules, and took the world in a radical new direction. "Hacker" is often a derogatory term today, but 40 years ago, it referred to people who found clever and unorthodox solutions to computer engineering problems -- a practice that became known as "the hacker ethic." In this book, Levy takes you from the true hackers of MIT's Tech Model Railroad Club to the DIY culture that spawned the first personal computers -- the Altair and the Apple II -- and finally to the gaming culture of the early '80s. From students finagling access to clunky computer-card machines to engineers uncovering the secrets of what would become the Internet, Hackers captures a seminal period in history when underground activities blazed a trail for today's digital world. This book is not just for geeks -- it's for everyone interested in origins of the computer revolution.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.82 x 30.48mm | 612.35g
  • O'Reilly Media, Inc, USA
  • Sebastopol, United States
  • English
  • 25th Anniversary ed
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1449388396
  • 9781449388393
  • 52,997

About Steven Levy

Levy is a senior writer for Wired. Previously, he was chief technology writer and a senior editor for Newsweek. Levy has written six books and had articles published in Harper's, Macworld, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Premiere, and Rolling Stone. Steven has won several awards during his 30+ years of writing about technology, including Hackers, which PC Magazine named the best Sci-Tech book written in the last twenty years and, Crypto, which won the grand eBook prize at the 2001 Frankfurt Book festival.show more

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"Vor 25 Jahren erschien das Hacker-Buch von Steven Levy. Es gilt als legendär - nicht zuletzt wegen der darin erstmals formulierten Regeln der 'Hacker-Ethik'. Sie äußerten den Wunsch nach umfassenden und ungeregeltem Umgang zu Computern - ja, nach allem, was die Welt erklären hilft, nach freien Informationen, dezentralen Strukturen, vorurteilsfreien Beurteilungen. Darin schwang die Hoffnung mit, Schönes, Künstlerisches und ein besseres Leben mit Hilfe von Computern schaffen zu können. Das Buch ist jetzt neu erschienen. Eine Ergänzung widmet sich den heutigen Interessen und und Erfahrungen der früheren Heroen." c't, November 2010. "Ich kann jedem Computerbegeisterten nur empfehlen, sich dieses Stück Geschichte [...] wie zarte Schokolade auf der Zunge zergehen zu lassen". - Gweep's Trash, August 2011show more