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Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet | [Katie Hafner, Matthew Lyon]

Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet

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.
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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.

©1996 Katie Hafner (P)2012 Katie Hafner

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    Rodney Florida 01-29-13
    Rodney Florida 01-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great history of the internet"

    First thing you should know is that this book is a history of the origins of the internet that was written in the mid-1990s, so while the internet was sort of a big deal it was still a pretty small place compared to today. Also since this is a history of the origins of the internet, the fact it was written when it was doesn't matter.

    This is a history written more of a factual style than a novel style and it explains, in basic terms, a lot of the early technical issues and the resolutions to them. I have computer science degree and I've been creating websites since 1996 and didn't have any issue following what they were talking about, but I could certainly see how someone less knowledgeable on the subject might have a hard time following the terminology in audio format. Note again the author dumbs down most of it, but still if you don't know what they're talking about or don't understand something it might not be very interesting to you.

    Still I very much enjoyed the book and it's an amazing story knowing what we know today -- and it's amazing how different the world is since this book was written.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Invisibled California 06-21-13
    Invisibled California 06-21-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Requred reading, shouldn't be read by MDN"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Where Wizards Stay Up Late to be better than the print version?

    Not with this narrator


    What did you like best about this story?

    The history of one of the most important technologies of the last 60 years


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He has a monotone voice and almost no vocal range. It's like listening to my accountant uncle read a book I really want to read for myself.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Rollins 08-22-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A must read!!!"
    What other book might you compare Where Wizards Stay Up Late to and why?

    The also excellent 'A History of the Internet and the Digital Future' by Johnny Ryan covers similar material, but has a much wider focus, whereas Wizards focuses in much more depth on the early period specifically.


    Any additional comments?

    The definitive book on the creation and early history of the Internet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Motes Tampa 10-19-13
    Sam Motes Tampa 10-19-13 Listener Since 2009

    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    "They gave birth to the web"

    Tells the tale of the pioneering engineers at DARPA who built the technology the morphed into the World Wide Web. Rejected as pure academics that didn't understand how things really worked by the phone companies and other. They had to believe in their abilities, passions, and put in insane hours to transform the world.

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    "Interesting and informative"
    What did you like most about Where Wizards Stay Up Late?

    The depth of the information.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The long and interesting history of packet switching and the origins of today's Internet.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended for anyone wanting an in-depth and very detailed history of the origins of modern communication technology (e.g. packet switching) from which the Internet came to be. However, if you just want a light history of the Internet, this is probably a bit too detailed.

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