What are the best Books about Computers and Technology?

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    #1The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

    The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

    Walter Isaacson, the writer of the biography of Steve Jobs, tells us now the story of the people that created the internet and the modern technology. From Ada Lovelace, the daughter of Lord Byron that was a pioneer of computer programming to Alan Turing, von Neumann, Wozniak, Jobs and Gates.


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    Jesse Porter
    Written on March 31, 2017
    "This book provides a great insight into the lives of people who created the computers and internet. The book details the journey, inspirations and challenges this group of smart people had to endure in order to accomplish this marvel. I like the book because it inspires me to be more creative and it shows me that even great people had to face challenges before they concurred."
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    #2Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software

    Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software
    CODE is written by Charles Petzold is carefully written and researched programming book that will appeal to anyone who wants to understand computer technology at its essence.
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    Lisa Ford
    Written on June 15, 2017
    "Loved this. It's not necessarily an amazing resource for learning how to program computers, though, but it's amazing at teaching you the history of this stuff. Lots you wouldn't expect. There's the usual suspects, Grace Hopper, et al., but then there's cats and seesaws."
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    #3The Soul of A New Machine

    The Soul of A New Machine
    The Soul of A New Machine by Tracy Kidder tells us the story of a company to bring to the market a new microcomputer. This classic book from 1981 shows, with the enough perspective to compare now and then, in the technology and computer business world.


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    Kathleen Porter
    Written on April 12, 2017
    "Have you ever struggled to complete a design project on time? Or felt that having a tight deadline stifled your capacity for maximum creativity? If so, then this book is for you. Within these pages, you'll find 80 creative challenges that will help you achieve a breadth of stronger design solutions, in various media, within any set time period "
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    #4Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution

    Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution
    This classic from the beginning of the computer and internet era by Steven Levy, traces and tells us the story of the first and original hackers from the last 50's to the early 80's. People like Jobs, Wozniak, Gates pushed the world into a new revolution, maybe the last technological one.

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    Christina West
    Written on April 22, 2017
    "Despite being one of the biggest changes to society in the last 50 years, there's really not that much history of the internet taught in schools. "Hackers" is a fantastic book that tells the story of how the computer and internet era arose, and gives details into the lives of the people that got us here."
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    #5The STREAM TONE

    The STREAM TONE
    The STREAM TONE: The Future of Personal Computing? is a nonfiction book about technology written by T. Gilling. This book about a computing device in the future was originally published in 2014.

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    Walter James
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Imagine... a world where your next personal computing device is the last one that you would ever need to buy. Where you would never need to worry about operating systems, software patches, or viruses. Where you always had enough processing power, memory, storage, and top-of-the-line graphics. Where you could access all of the very best software applications, regardless of their platform. Where you had a constant connection to all your favourite digital services, and your battery lasted for days, perhaps even weeks, of full-on use. Sounds good, "
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    #6Managing Humans

    Managing Humans

    Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager is a book by Michael Lopp compiling his best essays. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2007 by Apress.

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    Gabriel Meza
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "This is a fun read for those of us in the IT world. Its an interesting take on the IT field and all that we go through on a day to day basis. Worth checking out."
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    #7What Would Google Do?

    What Would Google Do?

    What Would Google Do? is a book written by journalist Jeff Jarvis. It provides an analysis of how Google became the fastest growing company in history, and how it influenced the information age of the 21st century.

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    Arthur Gutierrez
    Written on April 4, 2018
    ""What Would Google Do?' has been an enjoyable read for me. Since I am a computer programmer I have been quite interested in how Google has been able to make such advancements in technology and remain so consistent. This book not only gave me the answers, but it kept me entertained all the way through. The most entertaining thing about the book was the backstory of how Google began and what helped them break into the mainstream. I loved the book and I hope I can find similar books to it in the future."
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    #8Irresistible

    Irresistible

    Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked is a nonfiction book about technology written by Adam Alter. This was originally published in 2017.

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    Grace Thompson
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Not really sure how to rate this book. At times I found it interesting and other times I thought it wasn't very insightful. I guess it really wasn't what I was expecting on a technical aspect. "
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    #9Smarter Than You Think

    Smarter Than You Think

    Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better is a nonfiction book about technology written by Clive Thompson. This was originally published in 2013.

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    Brian Butler
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Smarter Than You Think warns us about or future and the relationships between us and our technology. While it strives to be a good read to those interested in future technologies, I think it misses the mark as an educational piece and instead becomes an almost compilation of life hack and brain games."
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    #10The Internet of Things (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series)

    The Internet of Things (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series)

    The Internet of Things (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series) is a Computer technology reference book written by Samuel Greengard. It was published March 20, 2015 by The MIT Press.

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    Arthur Duncan
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Very heavy and hard to understand. Too technical. Even for programmers or those without tech background it's a bit wordy and not at all enjoyable to read. Just absolutely not needed."
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    #11The Inevitable

    The Inevitable

    The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future is a nonfiction book about technology written by Kevin Kelly. This book was originally published in 2016.

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    Keith Griffin
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This book gave me such a new perspective on trying to understand where we are going and how to deal with them. It's too easy to just identify the sorts of products we can imagine with science fiction lens on. What Kevin has done is give us a basis upon which we can identity the overall direction and the inventive."
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    #12Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams

    Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams

    Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams is a software management book written by Tom DeMarco and Timothy R. Lister. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 1999 by Dorset House Publishing Company, Incorporated.

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    Joseph Moore
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams is a great book that is informative about computers and technology."
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    #13Virtual Reality

    Virtual Reality

    Virtual Reality: The Revolutionary Technology of Computer-Generated Artificial Worlds-And How It Promises to Transform Society is a nonfiction book about technology by Howard Rheingold. This was originally published in 1991.

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    Marilyn Schultz
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Modern view of our future reality as imagined by Howard Rheingold. While the book is non fiction, technology changes so fast and in such dramatic ways that this non fiction book, could become fiction as our virtual reality actually plays out. Educational and interesting though. Very good book concerning computers and technology for sure. "
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    #14Physics of the Impossible

    Physics of the Impossible

    Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration Into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel is a nonfiction book about technology written by Michio Kaku. This was originally published in 2008.

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    Denise Ray
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This is a very interesting book to read. It's not light reading and it took me a couple weeks of occasional reading to get through it. I liked it."
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    #15Checking Out

    Checking Out

    Checking Out: How Searching More and Checking Less Can Save You From Your Smartphone is a nonfiction book about technology written by Jeremiah Overland. This was originally published in 2017.

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    Susana Castellanos
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "It's a 200 page book telling you to stop checking your phone. Is this book really necessary? Society is really crumbling."
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    #16The Senior Software Engineer

    The Senior Software Engineer

    The Senior Software Engineer is a book written by David Bryant Copeland which covers various topics on becoming a developer. With over 200 pages, this ebook is available at http://theseniorsoftwareengineer.com/ website.

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    Bruce Qiu
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "I was hoping to find something for general readers about computers and tech. I have no doubt that the Senior Software Engineer is enlightening for practitioners in Computer Science, but for me (and non-software engineers), not so much. I don't have a use for C or PHP hacks or conventional wisdom on how to lead a technical project. Still it's a fascinating topic if you're in the right mood. Or if you're not into this subject and if you need a sleep aid, keeping the book on night stand and skimming a page or two will do the track. "
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    #17The Practice of Programming

    The Practice of Programming

    The Practice of Programming (Addison-Wesley Professional Computing Series) is a book by Brian W. Kernighan and Rob Pike. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 1999 by Addison-Wesley.

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    Eugene Crawford
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "This is a really good book if you are interested in programming. It is a must read. "
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    #18Manage It!

    Manage It!

    Manage It!: Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management is written by Johanna Rothman which features project management guide. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2007 by O'Reilly.

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    Raymond Tucker
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "The best books about computers and technology is Manage It!: Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management is written by Johanna Rothman. This book is a guide for modern projects. You'll learn how to recognize your project's potential problem areas, and determine the best way to fix them - without causing more problems."
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    #19In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

    In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

    In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives is a book written by Steven Levy. With the help of Google's founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Levy chronicles the rise of Google and how it developed into what it is today.

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    Richard Griffin
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "A co-worker of mine lent me this book to read because he thought it was good. I made it about halfway through before I returned the book to him. It is a very boring read and the information within is easily found by doing a search on the internet. I felt like this "author" is trying to make a quick buck by slapping easy to find information in book format. "
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    #20The Age of Spiritual Machines When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence

    The Age of Spiritual Machines When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence
    Ray Kurzweil is the prophet of one of the new technological movements of nowadays, the transhumanism and posthumanism in which AI will take the most relevant role of all. In this book, Kurzweil explains to us what will happen when the machines and biotechnology alter our body and mind, and the moment when AI exceeds human intelligence and become sentient.


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    Megan Keller
    Written on May 13, 2017
    "If you have read one singularity, computer tech takes over the world you have read them all. This is what I thought until a friend gave me this book to read. The title is a little clunky and I probably would have never picked it up off the shelf but I had a glowing recommendation. I gave it a try and I literally could not put it down until I finished it. This deserves all the stars it is getting."
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    #21Judgment in Managerial Decision Making

    Judgment in Managerial Decision Making

    Judgment in Managerial Decision Making is a book written by Max H. Bazerman and‎ Don A. Moore. This book examines judgment in various business contexts. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2005 by Wiley.

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    Guillermo Vázquez
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "In situations requiring careful judgment, every individual is influenced by their own biases to some extent. With Bazerman's new seventh edition, readers can quickly learn how to overcome those biases to make better managerial decisions. The book examines judgment in a variety of organizational contexts, and provides practical strategies for changing and improving decision-making processes so that they become part of one's permanent behavior. i enjoyed it"
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    #22Rapid Development

    Rapid Development

    Rapid Development: Taming Wild Software Schedules is a book by Steve McConnell featuring software engineering project management. With over 600 pages, this book is published in 1996 by Microsoft Press.

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    Maricela Palma
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "Rapid Development is a little dated, technology wise, but has great insight into the world of developing and managing both big and small projects. This is a really great read and learning experience if you're in the field. "
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