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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bibliography  \Bib`li*og"ra*phy\n.;  pl  {Bibliographies}.  [Gr.  ?: 
  cf  F.  bibliographie.] 
  A  history  or  description  of  books  and  manuscripts,  with 
  notices  of  the  different  editions,  the  times  when  they  were 
  printed,  etc 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bibliography 
  n  :  a  list  of  writings  with  time  and  place  of  publication  (such 
  as  the  writings  of  a  single  author  or  the  works  referred 
  to  in  preparing  a  document  etc.) 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  Bibliography  ************** 
 
  Here  are  some  other  books  you  can  read  to  help  you  understand  the 
  hacker  mindset. 
 
  Godel,  Escher,  Bach  -  An  Eternal  Golden  Braid:  Douglas  Hofstadter 
  Basic  Books,  1979  ISBN  0-394-74502-7 
 
  This  book  reads  like  an  intellectual  Grand  Tour  of  hacker 
  preoccupations.  Music,  mathematical  logic,  programming,  speculations  on 
  the  nature  of  intelligence,  biology,  and  Zen  are  woven  into  a  brilliant 
  tapestry  themed  on  the  concept  of  encoded  self-reference.  The  perfect 
  left-brain  companion  to  "Illuminatus". 
 
  Illuminatus!:  I.  "The  Eye  in  the  Pyramid"  II  "The  Golden  Apple" 
  III.  "Leviathan".  Robert  Shea  and  Robert  Anton  Wilson  Dell,  1988  ISBN 
  0-440-53981-1 
 
  This  work  of  alleged  fiction  is  an  incredible  berserko-surrealist 
  rollercoaster  of  world-girdling  conspiracies,  intelligent  dolphins,  the 
  fall  of  Atlantis,  who  really  killed  JFK,  sex,  drugs,  rock'n'roll,  and  the 
  Cosmic  Giggle  Factor.  First  published  in  three  volumes,  but  there  is  now 
  a  one-volume  trade  paperback,  carried  by  most  chain  bookstores  under  SF 
  The  perfect  right-brain  companion  to  Hofstadter's  "Go"del,  Escher,  Bach". 
  See  {Eris},  {Discordianism},  {random  numbers},  {Church  of  the  SubGenius}. 
 
  The  Hitchhiker's  Guide  to  the  Galaxy:  Douglas  Adams  Pocket  Books, 
  1981  ISBN  0-671-46149-4 
 
  This  `Monty  Python  in  Space'  spoof  of  SF  genre  traditions  has  been 
  popular  among  hackers  ever  since  the  original  British  radio  show  Read  it 
  if  only  to  learn  about  Vogons  (see  {bogon})  and  the  significance  of  the 
  number  42  (see  {random  numbers})  --  and  why  the  winningest  chess  program 
  of  1990  was  called  `Deep  Thought'. 
 
  The  Tao  of  Programming:  James  Geoffrey  Infobooks  1987  ISBN  0-931137-07-1 
 
  This  gentle,  funny  spoof  of  the  "Tao  Te  Ching"  contains  much  that  is 
  illuminating  about  the  hacker  way  of  thought.  "When  you  have  learned 
  to  snatch  the  error  code  from  the  trap  frame,  it  will  be  time  for  you 
  to  leave." 
 
  Hackers:  Steven  Levy  Anchor/Doubleday  1984  ISBN  0-385-19195-2 
 
  Levy's  book  is  at  its  best  in  describing  the  early  MIT  hackers  at  the 
  Model  Railroad  Club  and  the  early  days  of  the  microcomputer  revolution. 
  He  never  understood  Unix  or  the  networks,  though,  and  his  enshrinement 
  of  Richard  Stallman  as  "the  last  true  hacker"  turns  out  (thankfully) 
  to  have  been  quite  misleading.  Despite  being  a  bit  dated  and  containing 
  some  minor  errors  (many  fixed  in  the  paperback  edition),  this  remains  a 
  useful  and  stimulating  book  that  captures  the  feel  of  several  important 
  hacker  subcultures. 
 
  The  Computer  Contradictionary:  Stan  Kelly-Bootle  MIT  Press,  1995  ISBN 
  0-262-61112-0 
 
  This  pastiche  of  Ambrose  Bierce's  famous  work  is  similar  in  format  to 
  the  Jargon  File  (and  quotes  several  entries  from  TNHD-2)  but 
  somewhat  different  in  tone  and  intent.  It  is  more  satirical  and  less 
  anthropological,  and  is  largely  a  product  of  the  author's  literate  and 
  quirky  imagination.  For  example,  it  defines  `computer  science'  as  "a 
  study  akin  to  numerology  and  astrology,  but  lacking  the  precision  of 
  the  former  and  the  success  of  the  latter"  and  `implementation'  as  "The 
  fruitless  struggle  by  the  talented  and  underpaid  to  fulfill  promises  made 
  by  the  rich  and  ignorant";  `flowchart'  becomes  "to  obfuscate  a  problem 
  with  esoteric  cartoons".  Revised  and  expanded  from  "The  Devil's  DP 
  Dictionary",  McGraw-Hill  1981,  ISBN  0-07-034022-6;  that  work  had  some 
  stylistic  influence  on  TNHD-1. 
 
  The  Devouring  Fungus  Tales  from  the  Computer  Age:  Karla  Jennings  Norton, 
  1990  ISBN  0-393-30732-8 
 
  The  author  of  this  pioneering  compendium  knits  together  a  great  deal 
  of  computer-  and  hacker-related  folklore  with  good  writing  and  a  few 
  well-chosen  cartoons.  She  has  a  keen  eye  for  the  human  aspects  of  the 
  lore  and  is  very  good  at  illuminating  the  psychology  and  evolution  of 
  hackerdom  Unfortunately,  a  number  of  small  errors  and  awkwardnesses 
  suggest  that  she  didn't  have  the  final  manuscript  checked  over  by  a 
  native  speaker;  the  glossary  in  the  back  is  particularly  embarrassing, 
  and  at  least  one  classic  tale  (the  Magic  Switch  story,  retold  here 
  under  {A  Story  About  Magic}  in  Appendix  A  is  given  in  incomplete  and 
  badly  mangled  form  Nevertheless,  this  book  is  a  win  overall  and  can 
  be  enjoyed  by  hacker  and  non-hacker  alike. 
 
  The  Soul  of  a  New  Machine:  Tracy  Kidder  Little,  Brown,  1981  (paperback 
  Avon,  1982  ISBN  0-380-59931-7) 
 
  This  book  (a  1982  Pulitzer  Prize  winner)  documents  the  adventure  of 
  the  design  of  a  new  Data  General  computer,  the  MV-8000  Eagle.  It  is  an 
  amazingly  well-done  portrait  of  the  hacker  mindset  --  although  largely 
  the  hardware  hacker  --  done  by  a  complete  outsider.  It  is  a  bit  thin 
  in  spots,  but  with  enough  technical  information  to  be  entertaining  to 
  the  serious  hacker  while  providing  non-technical  people  a  view  of  what 
  day-to-day  life  can  be  like  --  the  fun,  the  excitement,  the  disasters. 
  During  one  period,  when  the  microcode  and  logic  were  glitching  at  the 
  nanosecond  level,  one  of  the  overworked  engineers  departed  the  company, 
  leaving  behind  a  note  on  his  terminal  as  his  letter  of  resignation: 
  "I  am  going  to  a  commune  in  Vermont  and  will  deal  with  no  unit  of  time 
  shorter  than  a  season." 
 
  Life  with  UNIX  a  Guide  for  Everyone:  Don  Libes  and  Sandy  Ressler 
  Prentice-Hall,  1989  ISBN  0-13-536657-7 
 
  The  authors  of  this  book  set  out  to  tell  you  all  the  things  about 
  Unix  that  tutorials  and  technical  books  won't.  The  result  is  gossipy, 
  funny,  opinionated,  downright  weird  in  spots,  and  invaluable.  Along  the 
  way  they  expose  you  to  enough  of  Unix's  history,  folklore  and  humor  to 
  qualify  as  a  first-class  source  for  these  things  Because  so  much  of 
  today's  hackerdom  is  involved  with  Unix,  this  in  turn  illuminates  many 
  of  its  in-jokes  and  preoccupations. 
 
  True  Names  ...  and  Other  Dangers:  Vernor  Vinge  Baen  Books,  1987  ISBN 
  0-671-65363-6 
 
  Hacker  demigod  Richard  Stallman  used  to  say  that  the  title  story  of 
  this  book  "expresses  the  spirit  of  hacking  best".  Until  the  subject  of 
  the  next  entry  came  out  it  was  hard  to  even  nominate  another  contender. 
  The  other  stories  in  this  collection  are  also  fine  work  by  an  author  who 
  has  since  won  multiple  Hugos  and  is  one  of  today's  very  best  practitioners 
  of  hard  SF 
 
  Snow  Crash:  Neal  Stephenson  Bantam,  1992  ISBN  0-553-56261-4 
 
  Stephenson's  epic,  comic  cyberpunk  novel  is  deeply  knowing  about  the 
  hacker  psychology  and  its  foibles  in  a  way  no  other  author  of  fiction 
  has  ever  even  approached.  His  imagination,  his  grasp  of  the  relevant 
  technical  details,  and  his  ability  to  communicate  the  excitement  of 
  hacking  and  its  results  are  astonishing,  delightful,  and  (so  far) 
  unsurpassed. 
 
  Cyberpunk:  Outlaws  and  Hackers  on  the  Computer  Frontier:  Katie  Hafner  & 
  John  Markoff  Simon  &  Schuster  1991  ISBN  0-671-68322-5 
 
  This  book  gathers  narratives  about  the  careers  of  three  notorious 
  crackers  into  a  clear-eyed  but  sympathetic  portrait  of  hackerdom's 
  dark  side  The  principals  are  Kevin  Mitnick  Pengo"  and  Hagbard" 
  of  the  Chaos  Computer  Club,  and  Robert  T.  Morris  (see  {RTM},  sense  2)  . 
  Markoff  and  Hafner  focus  as  much  on  their  psychologies  and  motivations 
  as  on  the  details  of  their  exploits,  but  don't  slight  the  latter. 
  The  result  is  a  balanced  and  fascinating  account,  particularly  useful 
  when  read  immediately  before  or  after  Cliff  Stoll's  {The  Cuckoo's  Egg}. 
  It  is  especially  instructive  to  compare  RTM,  a  true  hacker  who  blundered, 
  with  the  sociopathic  phone-freak  Mitnick  and  the  alienated,  drug-addled 
  crackers  who  made  the  Chaos  Club  notorious.  The  gulf  between  {wizard} 
  and  {wannabee}  has  seldom  been  made  more  obvious. 
 
  Technobabble:  John  Barry  MIT  Press  1991  ISBN  0-262-02333-4 
 
  Barry's  book  takes  a  critical  and  humorous  look  at  the  `technobabble' 
  of  acronyms,  neologisms,  hyperbole,  and  metaphor  spawned  by  the  computer 
  industry.  Though  he  discusses  some  of  the  same  mechanisms  of  jargon 
  formation  that  occur  in  hackish,  most  of  what  he  chronicles  is  actually 
  suit-speak  --  the  obfuscatory  language  of  press  releases,  marketroids, 
  and  Silicon  Valley  CEOs  rather  than  the  playful  jargon  of  hackers 
  (most  of  whom  wouldn't  be  caught  dead  uttering  the  kind  of  pompous, 
  passive-voiced  word  salad  he  deplores). 
 
  The  Cuckoo's  Egg:  Clifford  Stoll  Doubleday  1989  ISBN  0-385-24946-2 
 
  Clifford  Stoll's  absorbing  tale  of  how  he  tracked  Markus  Hess  and  the 
  Chaos  Club  cracking  ring  nicely  illustrates  the  difference  between 
  `hacker'  and  `cracker'.  Stoll's  portrait  of  himself,  his  lady  Martha, 
  and  his  friends  at  Berkeley  and  on  the  Internet  paints  a  marvelously 
  vivid  picture  of  how  hackers  and  the  people  around  them  like  to  live 
  and  how  they  think.  #=====================  THE  JARGON  FILE  ENDS  HERE 
 




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