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by Ted Nelson

eBook Geeks Bearing Gifts epub
  • ISBN: 0578004380
  • Author: Ted Nelson
  • Genre: Techno
  • Subcategory: Computer Science
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Mindful Press (December 17, 2008)
  • Pages: 210 pages
  • ePUB size: 1362 kb
  • FB2 size 1227 kb
  • Formats doc docx lrf lit


THE PERFECT GIFT - Whether you love the computer world the way it is, or consider it a nightmare honkytonk prison, you'll giggle and rage at Ted Nelson's telling of computer history, its personalities and infights.

Geeks Bearing Gifts book. Sharlene and Ted Nelson have been co-authoring books for twenty years. The Nelsons live in Washington State. Mor. rivia About Geeks Bearing Gifts.

Only 8 left in stock (more on the way). Only 2 left in stock (more on the way). Let me say up front that Ted Nelson has been one of the most original thinkers in the field of computing over the past fifty years, and I respect his attempts to articulate his vision even though he has never been able to put it into practice. I highly recommend getting your hands on a copy of Literary Machines or Computer Lib/Dream Machines.

Geeks Bearing Gifts" I received Ted’s Book: Geeks Bearing Gifts on January 15 at my Post Office Box in the Bull Hills, Montana. During the course of a Montana white out snow storm I was watching. After supper, I opened the book and begin to read. I read through the night and by 7 AM. Important to me issues flashed in my mind during my reading based upon my experiences. My last heavy flash was a name I recognized stemming nearly at the end of this book I was reading. I realized this book was not just about Geeks

Geeks Bearing Gifts: How the Computer World Got This Way is a book about the history of computing, written by Ted Nelson and published in 2008 by Mindful Press.

Geeks Bearing Gifts: How the Computer World Got This Way is a book about the history of computing, written by Ted Nelson and published in 2008 by Mindful Press. He says that submission for consideration is a more accurate description of how volunteers contribute to the encyclopedia.

Chapter Summaries of GEEKS BEARING GIFTS by Ted Nelson. The system of conventions called 'Computer Literacy' make little sense and can only be understood historically. Early Greek writing goes back-and-forth (boustrophodon) with no spaces or periods, which is disorienting and inconvenient. The innovations of space and period are followed by such helpers and conceits as comma, question mark, colon, semicolon, exclamation point, pilcrow, interrobang, irony point.

Ted Nelson's Geeks Bearing Gifts came in the mile today from Lulu. Ted's Words and Pictures. Ted Nelson's Geeks Bearing Gifts came in the mile today from Lulu.

Theodor Holm Nelson (born June 17, 1937) is an American pioneer of information technology, philosopher and sociologist. He coined the terms hypertext and hypermedia in 1963 and published them in 1965. Nelson coined the terms transclusion, virtuality, and intertwingularity (in Literary Machines), and teledildonics. According to a 1997 Forbes profile, Nelson "sees himself as a literary romantic, like a Cyrano de Bergerac, or 'the Orson Welles of software.

If you do nothing else but to cultivate that response to the great gift that this unique day is, if you learn to respond as if it were the first day in your life and the very last day, then you will have spent this day very well.

Short books to feed your craving for ideas. Our daily coverage of the world of ideas. If you do nothing else but to cultivate that response to the great gift that this unique day is, if you learn to respond as if it were the first day in your life and the very last day, then you will have spent this day very well. Begin by opening your eyes and be surprised that you have eyes you can open, that incredible array of colors that is constantly offered to us for our pure enjoyment.

THE PERFECT GIFT - Whether you love the computer world the way it is, or consider it a nightmare honkytonk prison, you'll giggle and rage at Ted Nelson's telling of computer history, its personalities and infights. Computer movies, music, 3D; the eternal fight between Jobs and Gates; the tangled stories of the Internet and the World Wide Web; all these and more are punchily told in brief chapters on many topics such as The Web Browser Salad, Voting Machines, Google, Web 2.0 and much more. These short stories make great reading - it's a book to dip in and out of. You'll find answers to such questions as # ""Why do alphabets have upper case, why not numbers?"" # ""Why does everything have to be hierarchical on computers? That's not how *my* projects are organized!"" ""Where did WYSIWYG come from?"" The answer will surprise you. Plus, you'll find out why the author, a well-known computer veteran, hopes it can all become much better.
Comments: (3)
Dagdalas
The book is interesting but it is very technical (unavoidable considering the subject). There are some typographical and orthographical mistakes in the book - too many to be honest. It needed to be checked by a proofreader. One glaring example was Foxfire for Firefox. This should have been picked up immediately. There was lots to learn including the reason why alphabets were formed, the irony point (this should be included in punctuation), the designers of computers and operating systems etc.

It is not a book for everyone. You would really need to have a keen interest in computing and information technology to want to read this book. There were some things that I found difficult to understand such as object oriented programming. The author wrote about the right of programming being removed by the PUI, but he did not offer any examples of how this happened. How would or should computer users be able to program/code these days?

If you like computers and want to know more about the history of IT, then this is a good read.
digytal soul
Ted Nelson does it again. Through his lifelong passion to find ways to express himself he has lead the way to many ideas that became the World Wide Web, and indeed went much further. In fact we are starting to run into the problems with the Web that he was trying to solve decades ago: business models, lack of history of changes, lack of automatic attribution, etc.

In this book he gives us a new way to look at the history of computing that is different from those that feel like a text book of inevitability. Rather this history one shaped by personalities, foibles, and commercial influences. This history is engaging because beyond being accurate, it shows how the next generation can bend these technology to their own personalities, foibles, and commercial influences. In this book, history does not unfold, it is built.

While the book design is not of modern standard, this should be overlooked for the clarity and freshness of message and method.

I recommend this book to anyone trying to ignite the spark of inventiveness in yourself, your students, or a friend.

-brewster
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Qwne
Let me say up front that Ted Nelson has been one of the most original thinkers in the field of computing over the past fifty years, and I respect his attempts to articulate his vision even though he has never been able to put it into practice. I highly recommend getting your hands on a copy of Literary Machines or Computer Lib/Dream Machines. It's a shame that these books are out of print.

Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this book. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that it's embarrassingly bad. If you had told me that it was put together by a high school student who pasted together scraps from Wikipedia, I'd have believed you. It's not just badly written; it's sloppy.

It's true that some of Nelson's unique perspective colors his account of computing history, but I doubt that the reader unfamiliar with his other work would come away with much of an understanding of why some of us find his ideas exciting. Meanwhile, as history, Geeks Bearing Gifts is virtually useless.

I wish that Nelson had put his energy into a first-hand account of his experiences instead of this shoddy attempt to (re)write history. That would have been an original contribution and probably also quite entertaining. Geeks Bearing Gifts is neither.
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