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Where Wizards Stay Up Late:
The Origins of the Internet

by Katie Hafner, Matthew Lyon

ISBN 0613181530 / 9780613181532 / 0-613-18153-0
Publisher San Val
Language English
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Considering that the history of the Internet is perhaps better documented internally than any other technological construct, it is remarkable how shadowy its origins have been to most people, including die-hard Net-denizens!

At last, Hafner and Lyon have written a well-researched story of the origins of the Internet substantiated by extensive interviews with its creators who delve into many interesting details such as the controversy surrounding the adoption of our now beloved "@" sign as the separator of usernames and machine addresses. Essential reading for anyone interested in the past -- and the future -- of the Net specifically, and telecommunications generally. [via]