Content tagged with "tech-history"

From Memex to Hypertext
Book Review
November 20, 2015

“This is really a collection of writings, published elsewhere, about Vannevar Bush’s seminal 1945 essay ‘How We May Think,’ and the idea of the Memex which he proposed. I suspect everyone who reads…”

Future Histories: What Ada Lovelace, Tom Paine, and the Paris Commune Can Teach Us About Digital Technology
Book Review
November 24, 2019

“I have no idea why I bought this book. Honestly, I don’t even remember buying it. The book is a … call (?) to a new future. I think the title refers to events in the past that resemble current events,…”

How the Internet Happened: From Netscape to the iPhone
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Book Review
February 25, 2019

“This is a fun book, but I take exception with the first half of the title – this is not ‘how the internet happened,’ which explains the qualifier ‘from Netscape to the iPhone.’ This is really about 13…”

How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World
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Book Review
January 19, 2015

“I love Steven Johnson. ‘Where Good Ideas Come From’ is one of my favorite books. This book looked back at 5-6 ‘inventions’ that remarkably changed the modern world. I quote ‘inventions’ because these…”

The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
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Book Review
November 1, 2014

“Amazingly wonderful book on the history of the digital age, all the way from Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage through to Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Wonderfully written, always engrossing. It begins…”

A People's History of Computing in the United States
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Book Review
July 29, 2019

“I didn’t finish this book. I got through 3-4 chapters, then skimmed the rest. I couldn’t figure out what it wanted to be. The author compared to to Howard Zinn’s book of similar name, but I couldn’t…”