Computer Lib/Dream Machines Kindle ✓ Computer

Computer Lib/Dream Machines Kindle ✓ Computer



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  1. Peter Morville Peter Morville says:

    After borrowing the title of my latest book, Intertwingled, from one of the many neologisms in this brilliant manifesto by Ted Nelson, I knew I had to own a copy So I bought a used First Edition It wasn t cheap But it s filled with all sorts of fascinating ideas and inspirations And I love the sprawling magazine layout and two books in one design Computer Lib Dream Machines is are a wonderful, refreshing book s that could never be contained in a Kindle.


  2. William William says:

    There are two books here, very dated but fascinating nonetheless The first book, Computer Lib, is about computers in general, as they were in 1972 74 or so Computers were becoming generally known to the public, andandwidely used in all kinds of business and academia.Flip the book upside down to the back, and you get Dream Machines a look at the most clever computer based and computer related technologies of the day.This book was the first popular book for the general public There are two books here, very dated but fascinating nonetheless The first book, Computer Lib, is about computers in general, as they were in 1972 74 or so Computers were becoming generally known to the public, andandwidely used in all kinds of business and academia.Flip the book upside down to the back, and you get Dream Machines a look at the most clever computer based and computer related technologies of the day.This book was the first popular book for the general public about computers and interactive systems.Wonderful for those who want to understand the early days of computers and the coming of personal computers


  3. Joe Raimondo Joe Raimondo says:

    Ted Nelson is, in my opinion, the most influential systems thinker of the past 60 years.


  4. Michael Scott Michael Scott says:

    About Ted Nelson s dual book Computer Lib Dream Machines is a 1974 overview of the field of computing, both as practice at the time and as vision much remains a dream The book is largely forgotten now, but for decades and surely before the resurgence of the cloud in the mid 2000s it was hailed as a masterpiece and must read of the field I m glad I did, even belatedly You should, too I won t spoil the fun by saying this is a book started from a genuine desire to tell everyone about About Ted Nelson s dual book Computer Lib Dream Machines is a 1974 overview of the field of computing, both as practice at the time and as vision much remains a dream The book is largely forgotten now, but for decades and surely before the resurgence of the cloud in the mid 2000s it was hailed as a masterpiece and must read of the field I m glad I did, even belatedly You should, too I won t spoil the fun by saying this is a book started from a genuine desire to tell everyone about the then mysterious emerging artifact called the digital computer Sure, digital computers have been around for a few decades already, but they were accessible to rhe select few and often for classified projects But, in the early 1970s, PLATO and various Dartmouth Minnesota projects and the Altair 8800 personal computer were around the corner or making inroads with the general public Ted Nelson took the risk of postulating You can and must understand computers now and this book is now good history.The format is difficult for the starting reader, especially for readers used to the secure, uniform, standard formats of rhe 2010s bookselling industry It s two books, where the pages of one are displayed on the back of the other s, and sometimes made to match It s magazine like formatting, but a creative magazine at that, with diverse column breaking layouts, zany hand drawn graphics and cartoons, and comics , and font sometimes digital and sometimes hand drawn as well Ironically and unfortunately, the format cannot be reproduced in modern digital readers turns out the dream of Ted Nelson of making a good display of complex information see among others the pages on Xanadu, DM56 7 available and affordable for the general public is still open So are Vannevar Bush s Memex, and Doug Engelbart s System for the Augmentation of Intellect The Computer Lib side explains, humorously and with many side notes, but with a clear direction and excellent presentation, the technology and business of computing It s the basics bits, bytes, electronics as much as a computer scientist needs, the full computer, running a program the software early languages BASIC, TRAC, APL, FORTRAN including Pi not quite 3, not quite 4 , ALGOL, PL I, COBOL, LISP, JCL the hardware early systems details IBM, DEC and its PDP and LINC lines, CDC and its 6600, Univac and its 1106 08s, Burroughs 5500 and later the mainframe, minicomputer, microprocessor and the sales pitfall related to the microcomputer the advanced programs, operating systems, batch processing, multi programming, and time sharing from McCarthy and Licklider s early success to TENEX, MULTICS, and IBM s promises on OS VS2 2 advanced software for a variety of domains there s so muchThe jokes, the insider info, the credited rumor Datamation articles, often , the constant IBM bashing, etc there s even an auto biography p 70 On the opposite page, in Dream Machines, there s even an explanation about the path taken by the book itself p 126 in the 1975 edition Plus, lots of exclamation underlines and weird page layouts makes for fantastic reading, try it out, then check out what Stewart Brand s Whole Earth Catalog was the end By Computer Lib I mean simply making people freer through computers p 70 The Dream Machines part is too big to summarize here You will find the early networks and distributed computing projects PLATO, Dartmouth, ARPA and military projects hypermedia and hypertext before the World Wide Web, there was this notion of hypertext invented by a young academic called Ted Nelson , AI IR computer assisted instruction CAI in the book, but one of the few terms where the acronym did not gain ubiquitous acceptance some weird concepts and ideas that are still not possible today in computing including the seemingly easy to achive idea of a document reader that would allow opening the document at different points, with different views and annotations for each can you Acrobat Reader or PDF viewer do this Mine can t There s Xanadu and Thinkertoy, both nice ideas that were not ultimately successful.I found it fascinating how many things he gets right, but also how many sound by now obsolete, quaint, of slideware promises made on PowerPoint slides of course, PowerPoint always computes I won t spoil the fun, because reading this is rewarding also for the comedic effect Also, you may want to know you ll find here new cyberspace terms, worthy of a Vernor Vinge, William Gibson, or any other excellent cyberpunk writer, among which intertwingling and intertwingled to express the making and existence of interdependencies between hypertextual objects


  5. Vivienne Vivienne says:

    Fascinating glimpse to the future in a highly readable and thoroughly entertaining book As well as original text from 1974 there s extra text written for the 1987 version, updating on what has changed since 1974 Wish I d read this years ago I can easily see why it became a cult classic among the hackers programmers when first published.


  6. Michael Michael says:

    Batsh t insane But in a good way.


  7. Morgane Morgane says:

    A delightful, manic piece of computer history, and still relevant today.


  8. Leonardo Leonardo says:

    Citado en Hiperculturalidad Nelson propone una interpretaci n de la sociedad basada en el hipertexto En ese sentido la hiperculturalidad ser a la interrelaci n entre distintas culturas contrario al enfrentamiento entre dos culturas opuestas Citado en Hiperculturalidad Nelson propone una interpretaci n de la sociedad basada en el hipertexto En ese sentido la hiperculturalidad ser a la interrelaci n entre distintas culturas contrario al enfrentamiento entre dos culturas opuestas


  9. Mike Mike says:

    This is not a book, it is an experience This book and its author were and still are visionary I thoroughly enjoyed the format of pictures, notes, and text in a dual book front and back Reading the original format of the book s is to step into a time machine that simultaneously goes backward and forward whirling through a rush of sometimes crazy, often times brilliant enormous thoughts siphoned straight from the mind of Nelson The ideas and concepts in this pre PC book influenced and shaped This is not a book, it is an experience This book and its author were and still are visionary I thoroughly enjoyed the format of pictures, notes, and text in a dual book front and back Reading the original format of the book s is to step into a time machine that simultaneously goes backward and forward whirling through a rush of sometimes crazy, often times brilliant enormous thoughts siphoned straight from the mind of Nelson The ideas and concepts in this pre PC book influenced and shaped computing forever I honestly cannot say enough good things about this book


  10. Chip Chip says:

    Computer Lib Dream Machines contains a treasure trove of information about the pre PC world of computing which is both fascinatingly alien and eerily familiar Nelson exclaims You can and must understand computers NOW , warning its readers that computers are a tool that can work for you if you understand them, and against you if you don t It s a must read for any computer nerd.


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Computer Lib/Dream Machines ➵ Computer Lib/Dream Machines Download ➾ Author Ted Nelson – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Nelson writes passionately about the need for people to understand computers deeply, deeply than was generally promoted as computer literacy, which he considers a superficial kind of familiarity with Nelson writes passionately about the need for people to understand computers deeply, deeply than was generally promoted as computer literacy, which he considers a superficial kind of familiarity with particular hardware and software His rallying cry Down with Cybercrud is against the centralization of computers such as that performed by IBM at the time, as well as against what he sees as the intentional Computer Lib/Dream eBook ↠ untruths that computer people tell to non computer people to keep them from understanding computers In Dream Machines, Nelson covers the flexible media potential of the computer, which was shockingly new at the time.

10 thoughts on “Computer Lib/Dream Machines

  1. Peter Morville Peter Morville says:

    After borrowing the title of my latest book, Intertwingled, from one of the many neologisms in this brilliant manifesto by Ted Nelson, I knew I had to own a copy So I bought a used First Edition It wasn t cheap But it s filled with all sorts of fascinating ideas and inspirations And I love the sprawling magazine layout and two books in one design Computer Lib Dream Machines is are a wonderful, refreshing book s that could never be contained in a Kindle.

  2. William William says:

    There are two books here, very dated but fascinating nonetheless The first book, Computer Lib, is about computers in general, as they were in 1972 74 or so Computers were becoming generally known to the public, andandwidely used in all kinds of business and academia.Flip the book upside down to the back, and you get Dream Machines a look at the most clever computer based and computer related technologies of the day.This book was the first popular book for the general public There are two books here, very dated but fascinating nonetheless The first book, Computer Lib, is about computers in general, as they were in 1972 74 or so Computers were becoming generally known to the public, andandwidely used in all kinds of business and academia.Flip the book upside down to the back, and you get Dream Machines a look at the most clever computer based and computer related technologies of the day.This book was the first popular book for the general public about computers and interactive systems.Wonderful for those who want to understand the early days of computers and the coming of personal computers

  3. Joe Raimondo Joe Raimondo says:

    Ted Nelson is, in my opinion, the most influential systems thinker of the past 60 years.

  4. Michael Scott Michael Scott says:

    About Ted Nelson s dual book Computer Lib Dream Machines is a 1974 overview of the field of computing, both as practice at the time and as vision much remains a dream The book is largely forgotten now, but for decades and surely before the resurgence of the cloud in the mid 2000s it was hailed as a masterpiece and must read of the field I m glad I did, even belatedly You should, too I won t spoil the fun by saying this is a book started from a genuine desire to tell everyone about About Ted Nelson s dual book Computer Lib Dream Machines is a 1974 overview of the field of computing, both as practice at the time and as vision much remains a dream The book is largely forgotten now, but for decades and surely before the resurgence of the cloud in the mid 2000s it was hailed as a masterpiece and must read of the field I m glad I did, even belatedly You should, too I won t spoil the fun by saying this is a book started from a genuine desire to tell everyone about the then mysterious emerging artifact called the digital computer Sure, digital computers have been around for a few decades already, but they were accessible to rhe select few and often for classified projects But, in the early 1970s, PLATO and various Dartmouth Minnesota projects and the Altair 8800 personal computer were around the corner or making inroads with the general public Ted Nelson took the risk of postulating You can and must understand computers now and this book is now good history.The format is difficult for the starting reader, especially for readers used to the secure, uniform, standard formats of rhe 2010s bookselling industry It s two books, where the pages of one are displayed on the back of the other s, and sometimes made to match It s magazine like formatting, but a creative magazine at that, with diverse column breaking layouts, zany hand drawn graphics and cartoons, and comics , and font sometimes digital and sometimes hand drawn as well Ironically and unfortunately, the format cannot be reproduced in modern digital readers turns out the dream of Ted Nelson of making a good display of complex information see among others the pages on Xanadu, DM56 7 available and affordable for the general public is still open So are Vannevar Bush s Memex, and Doug Engelbart s System for the Augmentation of Intellect The Computer Lib side explains, humorously and with many side notes, but with a clear direction and excellent presentation, the technology and business of computing It s the basics bits, bytes, electronics as much as a computer scientist needs, the full computer, running a program the software early languages BASIC, TRAC, APL, FORTRAN including Pi not quite 3, not quite 4 , ALGOL, PL I, COBOL, LISP, JCL the hardware early systems details IBM, DEC and its PDP and LINC lines, CDC and its 6600, Univac and its 1106 08s, Burroughs 5500 and later the mainframe, minicomputer, microprocessor and the sales pitfall related to the microcomputer the advanced programs, operating systems, batch processing, multi programming, and time sharing from McCarthy and Licklider s early success to TENEX, MULTICS, and IBM s promises on OS VS2 2 advanced software for a variety of domains there s so muchThe jokes, the insider info, the credited rumor Datamation articles, often , the constant IBM bashing, etc there s even an auto biography p 70 On the opposite page, in Dream Machines, there s even an explanation about the path taken by the book itself p 126 in the 1975 edition Plus, lots of exclamation underlines and weird page layouts makes for fantastic reading, try it out, then check out what Stewart Brand s Whole Earth Catalog was the end By Computer Lib I mean simply making people freer through computers p 70 The Dream Machines part is too big to summarize here You will find the early networks and distributed computing projects PLATO, Dartmouth, ARPA and military projects hypermedia and hypertext before the World Wide Web, there was this notion of hypertext invented by a young academic called Ted Nelson , AI IR computer assisted instruction CAI in the book, but one of the few terms where the acronym did not gain ubiquitous acceptance some weird concepts and ideas that are still not possible today in computing including the seemingly easy to achive idea of a document reader that would allow opening the document at different points, with different views and annotations for each can you Acrobat Reader or PDF viewer do this Mine can t There s Xanadu and Thinkertoy, both nice ideas that were not ultimately successful.I found it fascinating how many things he gets right, but also how many sound by now obsolete, quaint, of slideware promises made on PowerPoint slides of course, PowerPoint always computes I won t spoil the fun, because reading this is rewarding also for the comedic effect Also, you may want to know you ll find here new cyberspace terms, worthy of a Vernor Vinge, William Gibson, or any other excellent cyberpunk writer, among which intertwingling and intertwingled to express the making and existence of interdependencies between hypertextual objects

  5. Vivienne Vivienne says:

    Fascinating glimpse to the future in a highly readable and thoroughly entertaining book As well as original text from 1974 there s extra text written for the 1987 version, updating on what has changed since 1974 Wish I d read this years ago I can easily see why it became a cult classic among the hackers programmers when first published.

  6. Michael Michael says:

    Batsh t insane But in a good way.

  7. Morgane Morgane says:

    A delightful, manic piece of computer history, and still relevant today.

  8. Leonardo Leonardo says:

    Citado en Hiperculturalidad Nelson propone una interpretaci n de la sociedad basada en el hipertexto En ese sentido la hiperculturalidad ser a la interrelaci n entre distintas culturas contrario al enfrentamiento entre dos culturas opuestas Citado en Hiperculturalidad Nelson propone una interpretaci n de la sociedad basada en el hipertexto En ese sentido la hiperculturalidad ser a la interrelaci n entre distintas culturas contrario al enfrentamiento entre dos culturas opuestas

  9. Mike Mike says:

    This is not a book, it is an experience This book and its author were and still are visionary I thoroughly enjoyed the format of pictures, notes, and text in a dual book front and back Reading the original format of the book s is to step into a time machine that simultaneously goes backward and forward whirling through a rush of sometimes crazy, often times brilliant enormous thoughts siphoned straight from the mind of Nelson The ideas and concepts in this pre PC book influenced and shaped This is not a book, it is an experience This book and its author were and still are visionary I thoroughly enjoyed the format of pictures, notes, and text in a dual book front and back Reading the original format of the book s is to step into a time machine that simultaneously goes backward and forward whirling through a rush of sometimes crazy, often times brilliant enormous thoughts siphoned straight from the mind of Nelson The ideas and concepts in this pre PC book influenced and shaped computing forever I honestly cannot say enough good things about this book

  10. Chip Chip says:

    Computer Lib Dream Machines contains a treasure trove of information about the pre PC world of computing which is both fascinatingly alien and eerily familiar Nelson exclaims You can and must understand computers NOW , warning its readers that computers are a tool that can work for you if you understand them, and against you if you don t It s a must read for any computer nerd.

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