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leif 06-13-2001 03:08 AM

I just read a great book.

"In the begining ... was the command line" by Neal Stephenson is a great history of operating systems written in a somehwat non-technical manner. I'd say this is a must read for anyone who uses a computer on a regular basis.

In the spirit of things being free, the full text of it is online in many places including the site below:

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I've read one other book by the same author, Snow Crash, and after this one I certainly intend to read more.

jared 06-13-2001 08:17 AM

Work your way backwards...
"Snow Crash" was a good book..."Cryptonomicon" is a GREAT book. "Diamond Age" was OK. Stephenson has shown a clear maturing of his literary style and ability to marry plot and character. I thought William Gibson plateaued after "Count Zero" (not that I haven't enjoyed most of his writing - though why he associated himself with the movie of "Johnny Mnemonic" is beyond me), but Stephenson is getting better all the time.

addyd 06-15-2001 09:01 AM

Thanks for the link!
Thanks for the link, first I have heard of it. (I saved a local copy so I could flip the bgcolor and the text color. SHEEESH!)

jaguar 06-24-2001 04:59 AM

I have to agree Gibsons's Count Zero was better than Neuromancer, I want to read his latest, released in 2000....

OGREMkIV 06-26-2001 08:18 AM

You kids might want to check out some older Stephenson works- specifically the Big U and Zodiac. Both books show his style, if a bit less mature than his later works. Big U is reflective of his days at a 'mega-university' in the early eighties. As an attendee of a mega-university in the late nineties, I can't say its too far off.

jaguar 02-26-2003 07:54 PM

I'm going though a Stepherson phase at the moment, diamond age and Cryptonomicon. LEGEND! Best autor i've found in a long, long time. I'm loving his work. Tracking down some more at the moment.

SteveDallas 02-26-2003 09:39 PM

I have the "command line" book tho I admit I haven't finished it.

I read Big U a while back and it's definitely more immature in style, tho worthwhile if you are a fan.

BrianR 03-01-2003 11:43 PM

rhetorical question
How is it possible for me to upgrade my system from 64M RAM to 256M RAM, add a Ati Radeon 7500LE video card and a cheapie webcam so my beloved can see me when I'm talking to her..and yet when all the dust settles, Netscape was GONE!

The directory was still there, as were the folders, but the executable was totally wiped off the HD, no trace found!

Where'd it go?


wolf 03-01-2003 11:51 PM

Bill Gates stole it. He does that.

CodeBlue40 03-02-2003 06:26 PM

I don't know if it's really fair to say William Gibson associated himself with Johnny Mnemonic. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the movie was a somewhat loose adaptation of his book. It's not like he directed it. Hell, someone probably took liberties with a lot of the dialogue. I mean, shit Henry Rollins plays a doctor. Nothing against Hank, but I thought he would have been better in Ice-T's role. Maybe have Ice-T play the doctor. I dunno...anyway. Now, if Gibson had fully endorsed the movie (i.e. walk-on cameo, etc.), then that's a *sore of a different STD.

*Kind of like "a horse of a different color", only...really, really gross.

Torrere 03-06-2003 10:50 PM

Codeblue40: Please utilize ordinary black text.

I have loved all of Stephenson's novels, and I have been trying to find Zodiac: the Eco-Thriller locally. Discussions about Neal Stephenson are generally very fun to have: he does some odd stuff (such as diverging from the story for a few pages to explain Riemann-Zeta functions using the analogy of a bicycle chain in Cryptonomicon). Stephenson also has a drifting way of story telling that I quite like.

Googling for "In The Beginning Was the Command Line" returns many results, I believe that my favorite format might be the smorgasbord link.

CodeBlue40 03-09-2003 06:50 PM

My only real problem with Snow Crash was at the end. It felt a little contrived. Was that just me?

And, I don't remember seeing in the rules that I had to use a specific color of text. I do, however, see an option for me to change the color of the text in my post. I think I'll exercise that option.

Sorry sport. I'm sticking with the dark-blue until I hear otherwise.

Griff 03-09-2003 06:54 PM

definitely, definitely medium, medium blue definitely, blue

CodeBlue40 03-09-2003 07:19 PM


Originally posted by Griff
definitely, definitely medium, medium blue definitely, blue
What? This? I think it's way too bright.
And this is barely visible.
And this...? Well, that's just crazy.

No, no. I think I'll be staying with this.

Undertoad 03-09-2003 08:24 PM

Damn coloreds moving in and ruining the neighborhood.


Torrere 03-09-2003 11:04 PM

Okay =]
I simply prefer all of the text to be the same color.

jaguar 03-10-2003 05:33 AM

Cryptonomicon does that quite a bit - deviating to explain various concepts, i loved the solitaire crypto he uses with the full explanation at the back.

Griff 03-10-2003 06:32 AM


Originally posted by Undertoad
Damn coloreds moving in and ruining the neighborhood.


Oh my my...

Torrere 04-06-2003 09:40 PM

Yay! I found Zodiac!

It's another awesome book =]

smed 04-09-2003 02:39 PM


Originally posted by Undertoad
Damn coloreds moving in and ruining the neighborhood

Oh boy - here we go with the coloreds...
I don't even think the kids today know what that means.
Anywho.....good pun.
Someone's liable to get a twist in their shorts though.

Torrere 04-09-2003 09:11 PM

We do.

Don't you worry.

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