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Living With a Computer - The Atlantic
Advice from 1982 on how and why one should buy a computer. “I can hardly bring myself to mention the true disadvantage of computers,” Fallows writes, “which is that I have become hopelessly addicted to them.”
theatlantic  1982  computers  personalcomputers  earlycomputers  1980s  jamesfallows 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Secret Life of Passwords - NYTimes.com
Howard Lutnick, the chief executive of Cantor Fitzgerald, one of the world’s largest financial-services firms, still cries when he talks about it. Not long after the planes struck the twin towers, killing 658 of his co-workers and friends, including his brother, one of the first things on Lutnick’s mind was passwords. This may seem callous, but it was not.
nytimes  nytimesmag  technology  internet  computers  passwords 
december 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Curse of Xanadu
It was the most radical computer dream of the hacker era. Ted Nelson's Xanadu project was supposed to be the universal, democratic hypertext library that would help human life evolve into an entirely new form. Instead, it sucked Nelson and his intrepid band of true believers into what became the longest-running vaporware project in the history of computing - a 30-year saga of rabid prototyping and heart-slashing despair. The amazing epic tragedy.
wired  computers  programming  xanadu 
june 2014 by brendanmcfadden

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