May 15th, 2008

Enterprise Bridge

Required reading, and golf

1) I caught a reference today to Cory Doctorow's Little Brother, released two weeks ago. He's written it as a "young adult" release, so you won't find it next to Down And Out In The Magic Kingdom. Don't let that stop you. It's not at all watered down, its protagonists are simply 17 years old. For those of us that have been in the industry for a decade or so, the tools and scenery are old standbys. But there's another generation that needs to be exposed to this stuff, the tools, the mindsets, the history, and the politics. Marketing it as YA is exactly the right idea--that's how it finds its way to the people that need to see it. The rest of us will find it because Cory wrote it. And everybody who's anybody in the networking, software, or security fields is quoted on the dust jacket. And Bruce Schneier wrote the Afterword.

This now goes on the list with Hitchhiker's Guide and Snow Crash as essential geek reading.

b: Gave up golf? Fuck you, Mr. President. Fuck you up your stupid ass.