Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution by Steven Levy

by Steven Levy

I found the first chapter of this title on the Gutemberg Project, sometime in the late 90s I think. Then my dad got me a copy in 2001 (the year I graduated from high school). It's probably the book that has influenced me the most in my life.

  • Hackers were adventurers, visionaries, risk-takers, artists ... and the ones who most clearly saw why the computer was a truly revolutionary tool
  • True hackers consider the term an appellation of honor rather than pejorative
  • It was a philosophy of sharing, openness, decentralization, and getting your hands on machines at any cost to improve the machines, and to improve the world