By Neal Stephenson
This is "the notice" -- one man's notice, definitely -- concerning the paintings (and artifice) of the nation of our computer-centric lifestyles. And because the "one guy" is Neal Stephenson, "the hacker Hemingway" (Newsweek) -- acclaimed novelist, pragmatist, seer, nerd-friendly thinker, and nationally bestselling writer of groundbreaking literary works (Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, etc., etc.) -- the note is easily worthy listening to. in most cases well-reasoned exam and partial rant, Stephenson's In the Beginning... used to be the Command Line is a considerate, irreverent, hilarious treatise at the cyber-culture previous and current; on working approach tyrannies and downloaded well known revolutions; on the net, Disney international, giant Bangs, let alone the that means of existence itself.
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