currently reading ... amazing recount of the underground scene - right from its beginnings in the 1950's at MIT through to the early 80's;

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Thomas Madsen-Mygdal Team 23 April 12, 2006, 01:43 PM
yeah, this is a classic. what edition is that - it doesn't look like mine.
Matthew Hutchinson April 12, 2006, 10:17 PM
couldnt see an edition number on it, but it was printed in Canada in 1985; I got it through the Amazon UK site, via a US reseller. IM also looking forward to reading - 'The Cuckoo's Egg' by Clifford Stoll.
Th Clvr Mnky April 14, 2006, 04:10 PM
"Cuckoo ..." was a good read, though the author gets a little preachy toward then end. It was fun seeing a So-Cal techno-hippy have to work so closely with "The Man". Stoll writes a lot about having to work so closely with shadowy government agents he is not sure he wants to trust.

A similar (and very good) read is "The Hacker Crackdown" by Sterling. Excellent presentation of the hacker ethos through history.

Thomas Madsen-Mygdal Team 23 April 15, 2006, 01:26 PM
other titles in this area would be "the hacker ethic" and john markoff's new "what the doormouse said: How the 60s Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer". Markoff's book has some good stuff that haven't been reported before.
Matthew Hutchinson April 15, 2006, 01:41 PM
Thanks for the tips on other books, I have also read 'The Inner Circle' by Bill Landreth; which was rather dull since it related mostly to techniques with very old systems - its good to know there are other good books out there on this subject.
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