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3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5 3.50 (10 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pekka Himanen Narrator: Oliver Wyman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2001 ISBN: 9780375419201
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You may be a hacker and not even know it. Being a hacker has nothing to do with cyberterrorism, and it doesn’t even necessarily relate to the open-source movement. Being a hacker has more to do with your underlying assumptions about stress, time management, work, and play. It’s about harmonizing the rhythms of your creative work with the rhythms of the rest of your life so that they amplify each other. It is a fundamentally new work ethic that is revolutionizing the way business is being done around the world.

Without hackers there would be no universal access to e-mail, no Internet, no World Wide Web, but the hacker ethic has spread far beyond the world of computers. It is a mind-set, a philosophy, based on the values of play, passion, sharing, and creativity, that has the potential to enhance every individual’s and company’s productivity and competitiveness. Now there is a greater need than ever for entrepreneurial versatility of the sort that has made hackers the most important innovators of our day. Pekka Himanen shows how we all can make use of this ongoing transformation in the way we approach our working lives. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Pekka Himanen's theory of the hacker culture as the spirit of informationalism is a fundamental breakthrough in the discovery of the world unfolding in the uncertain dawn of the third millennium. Manuel Castells, from the Epilogue
  • The Hacker Ethic is one of the most significant political ideas and value systems in history. Hackers are the warriors, explorers, guerrillas, and joyous adventurers of the Digital Age, and the true architects of the new economy. Demonized and often misunderstood, they are changing the world and the way it works. Pekka Himanen explains how and why in a book that is essential reading for anybody who wants to live, work or do business in the twenty-first century. Jon Katz, columnist for slashdot.org and author of Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet Out of Idaho
  • At last we have a book about the ethics of true hackers . . .not the criminals and vandals that the press calls hackers today, but the idealistic pioneers whose ethics of openness, enablement and cooperation laid the cornerstone for our new economy. Danny Hillis, Co-Founder, The Long Now Foundation and Co-Chairman & CTO, Applied Minds, Inc.

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noora | 5/26/2013

    " Mielenkiintoinen tenttikirja. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexander | 3/9/2013

    " Discussion on Hacker Ethics in comparison with the Protestant or Work Ethics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pasquale | 3/7/2011

    " Saggio brillante sulla rivoluzione informatica dell'ultimo quarto di secolo scorso legata al mondo hacker. Una pietra miliare. Ma noioso in alcuni punti. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rufus | 3/6/2011

    " general review. the first two parts are good. the third part is kinda jargony and boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Preston Lee | 12/13/2010

    " Small note: definitely read the forward by Linus Torvalds. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 9/13/2010

    " Finally, a book that embraces my kind of work ethic as something other than "disorganized laziness". A great read that goes quickly and offers some interesting ideas on how the ethics of the hacker world could make the world a better place for everyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 6/7/2010

    " Book started w/ an interesting overview of the Protestant Ethic and how that evolved into today's society. But later on the book turned into more of a motivational self help which was not expected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Preston | 2/16/2010

    " Small note: definitely read the forward by Linus Torvalds. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 1/23/2010

    " Book started w/ an interesting overview of the Protestant Ethic and how that evolved into today's society. But later on the book turned into more of a motivational self help which was not expected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexander | 9/9/2009

    " Discussion on Hacker Ethics in comparison with the Protestant or Work Ethics. "

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About the Author
Pekka Himanen earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Helsinki at the age of twenty. His ongoing mapping of the meaning of technological development has brought him into dialouge with academics, artists, ministers, and CEOs. Himanen works at the University of Helsinki and at the University of California at Berkeley.
About the Narrator

Oliver Wyman is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator. His first full-length audiobook, It’s Not about the Bike, won an Audie Award. Quickly renowned for his versatility, he went on to win several Audie Awards and seventeen AudioFile Earphones Awards in genres ranging from drama and humor to nonfiction and children’s stories.