Tag Archives: technology

Into the Black

Into the Black: The Extraordinary Untold Story of the First Flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia © 2016 Rowland White480 pages As the Apollo missions neared the completion of their goal, NASA looked ahead and charted a bold new course … Continue reading

Posted in history, Reviews | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

More short rounds: hackers and silly vicars

Needing a quick break from all the classics,  I read The Hacker Crackdown, a bit of cybersecurity history.  Sterling first delivers the background of the telecommunications system in the United States, specifically the expansive growth of AT&T and its recent … Continue reading

Posted in history, Reviews | Tagged , , , | 8 Comments

Insanely Great

Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, The Computer That Changed Everything© 1994, 2000 Steven Levy304 pages Apple Computers had already made its mark before 1984, by pioneering personal computers long before IBM entered the consumer market.  In January … Continue reading

Posted in history, Reviews | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

The One Device

The One Device: A Secret History of the iPhonepub. 2017 Brian Merchant416 pages Love them or hate them, smartphones have revolutionized society like few other inventions. Entire sectors of the economy now exist which wouldn’t be there had they had … Continue reading

Posted in history, Reviews | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

The Perfect Thing

The Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolnesspub. 2006 Steven Levy304 pages I’ve never had an iPod, but given that Audible was doing a sale this week and that I seemed to be doing an Apple-related set, … Continue reading

Posted in history, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment


Steve Jobs© 2011 Walter Isaacson656 pages The past twenty years have been an amazing ride for Apple Computers, in which the ailing and speeding towards bankruptcy company suddenly metamorphosed into the most valuable company in the world, responsible for creating … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews | Tagged , , , | 8 Comments

Short rounds and leftovers:

Hello, readers! Here’s hoping those of you in the US had an enjoyable Thanksgiving on Thursday. I thoroughly enjoyed the company of my cousins, though I did rather poorly in our board game of choice.  I blame the dice.   … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews | Tagged , , , , | 11 Comments

Build Your Own PC for Dummies

Build Your Pwn PC For Dummies© 2009 Mark Chambers336 pages Both my increasing interest in learning how to work with computer hardware, and my nephew’s desire to build a gaming computer,  have led to me watching hours of build videos … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

Brave New World Revisited

Brave New World Revisited© 1958 Aldhous Huxley144 pages Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World (1931)  transported readers to a deeply creepy nightmare-vision of the future, in which man had disappeared as an independent being, instead becoming the raw materials for a new, … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, Society and Culture | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

A Crack in Creation

A Crack in Creation:  Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution© 2017 Jennifer Doudna and Sam Sternberg “No longer at the mercy of the reptile brain, we can change ourselves. Think of the possibilities.” – Carl Sagan A … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, science | Tagged , , , , , | 9 Comments