Headlong history of electronic invention


“Hacker” manages to be a term of opprobrium and approval. The reissue of a classic book about digital-age innovators reminds us of the dual nature and ambiguous effects of computer hacking.

Steven Levy’s Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution tells of the free thinkers who pushed computing in unexpected directions. The 25th anniversary edition of Levy’s book is augmented with new commentary by notable leaders of the digital community.

This month, all Windows Secrets subscribers can download an excerpt: Chapter 8, “Revolt in 2100,” a profile of Lee Felsenstein, one of the founders of Community Memory, an early digital bulletin board (and much, much more), in Berkeley, California.

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