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In the Beginning...Was the Command Line

160 pages, 1999

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This is Neal Stephenson's command line -- a personal view of the art (and artifice) of computer-centric existence. And considering that Stephenson is the hacker Hemingway, acclaimed novelist, pragmatist, seer, and nationally bestselling author of groundbreaking literary works (Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, etc. ) -- his voice is worth hearing.

The thoughtful, irreverent, and hilarious In the Beginning... was the Command Line is a well-reasoned examination of computer-culture past and present; on operating-system tyrannies and downloaded popular revolutions; on the Internet, Disney World, Big Bangs, not to mention the meaning of life itself.

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