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Versions of history: on Dallas, computers, & AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire

Tinkerers are everywhere and probably always have been. The very idea of ham radio, for instance, was that it didn’t matter where you were; once you built or bought a transmitter, a receiver, and an antenna, you were set—you could chat with people in another part of the country, the continent, or the world. 3,578 more words


Update: What have I been up to?

I’ve essentially completed a long commentary on the AMC drama Halt and Catch Fire, about which I’d like to say, as a Noël Coward–like character in a play says about something he just wrote, “It’s so good it frightens me.” I’m not sure it’s… 413 more words


Is Cryptonomicon the novel you should be reading now?

Are you baffled by encryption? Do the arguments between the FBI and Apple over an iPhone used by a now-dead terror suspect sound rather like secret messages you can’t quite decipher? 2,370 more words


Two new views of Steve Jobs and the Apple situation

In the February 11 issue of The New York Review of Books, Sue Halpern assesses the Steve Jobs phenomenon by way of reviewing the two movies and one biography about him that came out last year. 668 more words