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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (604 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Katie Hafner Narrator: Mark Douglas Nelson Publisher: Katie Hafner Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Twenty-five years ago, it didn't exist. Today, 20 million people worldwide are surfing the Net. Where Wizards Stay Up Late is the exciting story of the pioneers responsible for creating the most talked about, most influential, and most far-reaching communications breakthrough since the invention of the telephone.

In the 1960s, when computers where regarded as mere giant calculators, J.C.R. Licklider at MIT saw them as the ultimate communications devices. With Defense Department funds, he and a band of visionary computer whizzes began work on a nationwide, interlocking network of computers. Taking listeners behind the scenes, Where Wizards Stay Up Late captures the hard work, genius, and happy accidents of their daring, stunningly successful venture.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David Hurst | 2/18/2014

    " Excellent account of technologies that underpin the internet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brian | 2/17/2014

    " this was a good book. i liked reading about the processes to start networking and such. it was a bit too technical for me to grasp everything, and i kind of wished that it would have gone into more recent history as well, but so many more people got involved as it snowballed i am sure that a comprehensive history would look like the OED! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tommy /|\ | 2/14/2014

    " The story of the various interlocking aspects of the internet isn't readily understood by the average user of its technologies. In fact, it would probably be safe to assume that most users believe that the origins of the internet came about in the late 1990s. Even with the often misrepresented quote from then-Presidential candidate Al Gore, the underlying technologies that comprise the internet remain a solid mystery to the typical internet denizen. "Where Wizards Stay Up Late" provides a wide-arching overview of where the technologies of packet-switching and TCP/IP came from, as well as that of the collaborative mainstay of business today - Electronic Mail. Furthermore, the book chronicles how the Internet of today evolved from a collaborative research tool (ARPANET) under the control of a small office in the Pentagon (ARPA, and then DARPA) into the commercial entity it has become today. Stripped of a lot of the technical concepts, Hafner and Lyon bring the compelling story of the pioneers of this wonderful collaborative communications tool that has come to be so fully integrated into our daily lives today. The last two chapters -- "Email" and "A Rocket on Our Hands" -- as well as the final Epilogue make the effort of reading the entire storyline worthwhile. I gladly set this book next to "Fire in the Valley" and "What the Dormouse Said" as excellent historical treatises on the developments during the pioneering phases of today's technological revolution. Very well worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Harry Hackney | 2/8/2014

    " I really enjoyed this historical tale of the invention of the Internet. Some myths get busted along the way. For one thing, the Internet has nothing to do with what you've been told was the reason for its invention. The decisions made many years ago with much simpler computers and on a trusted network still affect the Internet today. If you enjoy stories about the Internet and computing, you'll certainly enjoy this book. "

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