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High Tech Heretic Reflections of a Computer Contrarian

by Clifford Stoll

  • ISBN: 9780385489768
  • ISBN10: 0385489765

High Tech Heretic Reflections of a Computer Contrarian

by Clifford Stoll

  • List Price: $15.00
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Publish date: 09/01/2000
  • ISBN: 9780385489768
  • ISBN10: 0385489765
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Description: In a book that's inspired debates and wisecracks across the country, Cliff Stoll, one of the pioneers of the Internet and a renowned gadfly of the computer industry, takes an insightful, provocative, and entertaining look at how computers have encroached on our lives. He punctures the exaggerated benefits of everything from foisting computers on preschoolers to "free" software to computer "help desks" that help no one at all. Why is it, Stoll asks, that there is a relentless drumbeat for "computer literacy" by educators and the high-tech industry when the computer's most common uses are for word processing and games? Is diverting scarce education resources from teachers and equipment in favor of computers in the classroom the best use of school money? Are supermarket checkout clerks computer literate because they operate a laser-scanner?

In these fascinating contrarian commentaries, Stoll focuses his droll wit and penetrating gaze on everything from why computers have to be so darned "ugly" to the cultural aftershocks of our high tech society to how to turn an outdated 386 computer into something useful, like a fish tank or a cat litter box.

As one who loves computers as much as he disdains the inflated promises made on their behalf, Cliff Stoll is a common-sense prophet and a brilliant skeptic.

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