For some reason I’m getting some email product newsletter that I don’t want. It’s called “Web Buyer’s Guide Technology Product Update.” Since it appears to be not true spam but what I’d call gray-market — a legit company (Ziff Davis, in this case) that got my email address somehow a long time ago — I […]
I’m out of copies, so this concludes the free-paperbacks-for-bloggers program. Two side notes: A handful of the requests I received got trapped in the spam filter. I think the word FREE adds a lot of points. (This is something for Wired editor Chris Anderson to ponder as he pursues work on his new book about […]
Programmers At Work: Susan Lammers is making her excellent interviews from the 1984 book Programmers At Work available on the Web via a new blog. I wrote about a 2004 reunion event, in which many of the original interviewees participated, soon after I’d gotten the contract to do Dreaming in Code. The first interview there […]
That Orwell quote earlier this week that began “Our civilization is founded on coal” had a “pace Chesterton” at the start that puzzled me. A number of you wrote in with suggestions, including a pointer to a fascinating debate between Chesterton and Bernard Shaw about whether to nationalize the coal mines, moderated by Hilaire Belloc. […]
Thanks for the great response to my offer. I’m sending out copies today to all the bloggers who’ve requested, and I’ve got just a handful left. If you want to read the book and post something about it, let me know soon! UPDATE: No books left, sorry.
Ethan Zuckerman — Searching for common ground with Andrew Keen: Zuckerman wants to ask Andrew Keen, the Cult of the Amateur provocateur, a pointed question: I planned to ask Keen when he’d become worth listening to. He argues that we should listen to experts, not to amateurs… but this is his first book. Did he […]
I confess I’m confused. A good while back I read about the “page 69 test” — apparently descended to us from Marshall McLuhan. The idea is that you can open any book to page 69 and use that to determine whether you will like the book. Well, OK. Page 69 of Dreaming in Code contains […]