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Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Lyon , Katie Hafner
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Considering that the history of the Internet is perhaps better documented internally than any other technological construct, it is remarkable how shadowy its origins have been to most people, including die-hard Net-denizens!

At last, Hafner and Lyon have written a well-researched story of the origins of the Internet substantiated by extensive interviews with its creators who delve into many interesting details such as the controversy surrounding the adoption of our now beloved "@" sign as the separator of usernames and machine addresses. Essential reading for anyone interested in the past -- and the future -- of the Net specifically, and telecommunications generally.

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Now that high school students are spending their spare time cruising the Internet, it's probably time the rest of us found out how the whole thing started. Newsweek contributing editor Hafner (coauthor of Cyberpunk, 1991) and husband Lyon, who is assistant to the president of the University of Texas, begin their story back in the '50s, when President Eisenhower decided that basic scientific research was the quickest way to improve the nation's defense. The key instrument was the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), nominally part of the Pentagon. ARPA quickly acquired several advanced computers; when several scientists (notably J.C.R. Licklider and Robert G. Taylor) began to wonder why none of the computers could ``talk'' to the others, the seeds of the Internet were sown. Believing that advanced computing capacity was vital to the national defense, ARPA proposed connecting a number of computers through the phone system. A small Massachusetts company, Bolt Beranek and Newman, managed to win the bid; within a year, inventing almost everything from the ground up, they had managed to connect several college campuses on the West coast. Gradually, the ARPANET became the focus of an intensive development effort among computer scientists; but their goals were far different from the defense projects its creators had envisioned. Far-reaching decisions were made by the first person who happened to tackle the problem at hand. E-mail quickly took center stage, followed by newsgroups in which scientists with a common interest could exchange information and views. By the time the Defense Department decided to try to regain control, it was obvious that they had inadvertently created an entity no single authority could control. Within 25 years, the Internet had grown from an impossible dream to an indispensable scientific tool. A clear and comprehensive, though often flat, account of an important bit of scientific history. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Grad students create Internet 27. Februar 2000
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_Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet_ by Katie Hafner, Matthew Lyon
This book could have easily been titled "Graduate students created the Internet" or "The Military-Industrial Complex pays off".
As a computer person who started in the last days of keypunch cards and experienced the joys of TSO first hand, I found it extremely interesting to read about the things that even I took for granted in those long ago days (only 2 decades ago). I had never really thought about the fact that things like FTP, TSO, SMTP, TCP and IP all had to be thought up and coded by someone! I worked on a DEC PDP-11 - but never really gave any thought to the evolution that transpired between number 1 and10. This book tells it all, in sometimes excruciating detail. It follows every lowly graduate student step by step to the brilliant, but not inevitable, solutions to all of the basic data transmission puzzles. It describes clearly and for the most part entertainingly the development of the technologies that underpin everything I (and I would suspect most people) now take for granted when we "surf the web". While I sometimes found it difficult to keep track of which geek was doing what in which computer center on what federally funded project - the book does an excellent job of documenting the origins of the internet, just as the title promises. My only quibble is the authors say they will debunk the idea that the Internet was invented to route around communication outages resulting from nuclear war - but by the end of the book I personally was convinced that this was indeed one of the principals guiding many of the programmers and network designers.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Quite good--fills a need that was there 28. Mai 2000
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When I started working at an ISP (Internet Service Provider), I did a lot of reading to bring myself up to speed on a variety of subjects. Whether the book's topic was routing, software, or even AOL, the first three paragraphs were always, "A Brief History of the Internet." Inevitably there was too little information, too general to be of any use.
Well, _Wizards_ does a great job with its subject matter. Pioneering names like Frank Heart, Vint Cerf, and J. C. R. Licklider all come to life. The book does cover some technical ground, but all on a very palatable level. Two things made the book so enjoyable: first, the authors do a good job of describing the brilliance of the Internet's creators. I was amazed that the basic concepts of networking were developed in a day and age when it took entire rooms to house the computing power of today's calculators. Second, the book does a good job not getting bogged down in the details. Instead, Hafner and Lyon concentrate on the people behind the ARPANET's creation, their quirks, collaborations and occasional conflicts; there's a lot of humour captured along the way. This wouldn't be the sole book I'd recommend as a purely technical history of the Internet; however, as a history of the underlying forces that brought the Net into being, such as BBN, the Dept. of Defense, and so many universities, I can't think of another book that's anywhere near as descriptive. Or interesting.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen faszinierendes Buch! 5. Juli 1999
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Bevor ich dieses Buch in der Hand gehabt hatte, dachte ich immer, ich wüßte, wie das Internet entstanden sei. Aber dieses Buch zeigt in großem Detail die Irrungen und Wirrungen, die Erfolge und Misgeschicke, die bei der Entstehung des Internets eine Rolle spielten.
Das Buch ist sehr gut geschrieben und lädt zum Schmökern ein. "Ganz nebenbei" wird einem auch noch viel über die technische Seite des Internets berichtet, und zwar so, daß man auch mit wenig technischem Vorwissen den Ausführungen folgen kann.
Für mich war der interessanteste Aspekt des Buches allerdings die Charaktersierungen der Personen, die an der Entstehung des Internets beteiligt waren. Hafner/Lyon liefern hervorragende Beschreibungen aller beteiligten Personen.
Dieses Buch erklärt quasi nebenbei, warum die RFCs (Requests for Comment) entstanden sind, wie Ethernet entwickelt wurde und vieles anderes mehr.
"Where the wizards stay up late" bietet eine sehr gute Darstellung über die Anfangszeiten des Internet und die Menschen, die daran beteiligt waren. Das Buch ist unbedingt zu empfehlen! (Dies ist eine Amazon.de an der Uni-Studentenrezension.)
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This is one of the best books on the history of the Internet I have found. It doesn't make incredibly grandiose and silly statements and it is written in a very clear, straightforward manner. Focusing largely on the early days of the Internet, especially BBN's role in creating the original ARPANET, this book is a pleasant blend of character portraits and technical material, though it is somewhat light on the technical apsects. Still it spent less time than other computer history books on hiring and firing and other rather boring junk.
My only gripe with this book is that it peters out right about 1990 and flies over the modern Internet with too little detail. Perhaps that story is best told in a follow-up book.
I highly recommend it.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen informative
a nice and informative book about the internet's origins. however, it's dry and slightly lengthy writing stile hindered me from giving a five star judgement!
Vor 24 Monaten von Oetterli Rene veröffentlicht
3.0 von 5 Sternen Nach schleppendem Start sehr interessant
Erzählt wird die Geschichte des ARPAnet - von der Gruendung der ARPA Ende der 50er ueber die Inbetriebnahme der ersten Verbindung (1969) bis zum allmaehlichem Ende dieses... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 6. Juni 2003 von stefanw190
4.0 von 5 Sternen Schon heute ein Klassiker
Es ist keine fünf Jahre her, seit das Internet in das Bewusstsein einer breiteren Öffentlichkeit getreten ist. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 8. Januar 2003 von Michael Friedewald
5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent, quick read
This book deals with the early days of the internet. The authors do a great job in explaining all the terms: IMPs, packet-switching, protocols. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 8. Januar 2000 von Leon M. Bodevin
5.0 von 5 Sternen I'm recommending this book and another
I read this book while writing the latest edition of my "Encyclopedia of Networking." This is a great read, along with "Casting the Net" by Peter Salus. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 10. Dezember 1999 von Thomas Sheldon
3.0 von 5 Sternen Spoonfed information
This book imparts a good deal of interesting information clearly and concisely. It focuses on the technical side of the development of the Internet and stops short of describing... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 23. November 1999 von Rebecca Nesson
5.0 von 5 Sternen And it's also a "leave-it-unsaid" jewel.
Lots of information is conveyed with excellent editing making this book a very fast read. But AT&T's 6-year opposition to distributed processing is as appropriately treated --... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 21. November 1999 von lloyd rowsey
5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazing description of the origins of modern day's wonder
The best part of this book is the simplicity of expression without missing the facts relating to how it all happend.
Am 4. November 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Engrossing history
I devoured this book in one day, fascinated by the background of the net's early days. I've been hooked into these computers since the early 1980s but never before appreciated the... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 30. Mai 1999 veröffentlicht
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