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The Dream Machine (2001, Viking Adult) 5 stars

Review of 'The Dream Machine' on Goodreads

4 stars

In the end, a rather fantastic overview of a difficult subject to capture: computer networking and interaction. Both of these concepts are intangible so the author rightfully attempted to describe them through their human proponents. Waldrop does a commendable job of balancing a large cast of characters. Some contributors are inevitably overlooked, but it makes for a good introduction for deeper study.

The soul of a new machine (Paperback, Undetermined language, 2000, Little, Brown and Company) 4 stars

"The Soul of a New Machine" is a non-fiction book written by Tracy Kidder and …

Review of 'The Soul Of A New Machine' on Goodreads

4 stars

This is a special book that captures a time not to long ago in human years, but ancient history in tech years - an era that I believe is woefully under-documented in comparison to the life and times of the personal computer.

Kidder takes a banal subject, the engineering of a minicomputer, and captures the heart behind the effort. It also manages to be an insight into management techniques and technical processes, but never gets bogged down in either one.

Kidder romances a little too much for my taste and sometimes it's difficult to keep track of the engineers and get a feel for their idiosyncrasies. However, it's probably the best book of its kind and his ability to tell a nimble story is superb.