Readings Enjoyed By Windows Assistance
The collection of books on this page are recommended as a diversion,
enlightenment, enjoyment, etc. Nothing on this page is related
directly to Microsoft Windows OSs. Remember all knowledge is
additive. The more you read the more you know.
Windows Assistance has read all the books on this page. I
only state this because I will not put a book on this page
unless I have read it and think someone else will benefit from
reading the book.
note: The links will take you to Amazon. Yes if you
purchase the book at Amazon then I benefit. But only if you jump
to the book from here. Every little bit helps. And remember
you can always go to the library and check out the books. The
library? You know, that offline repository of information and
A Winner's Tale of Greed and Glory in the Internet Wars
by Charles H. Ferguson 1999
Charles H. Ferguson is the founder of Vermeer
Technologies, creator of Microsoft FrontPage. This
is the story of the birth of the Web and one company's effort
to develop some sort of software product and the two
companies, Netscape and Microsoft, that went to war over dominance
of the Internet. Only problem was that one company, Netscape,
didn't know it was at war. You'll never look at Netscape as
the hero that was rolled over by the evil empire from the
Microsoft from the Inside
by Jennifer Edstrom, Marlin Eller 1998
Henry Holt & Company, Inc.
Think Microsoft and Bill Gates planed everything in advance
when they went after a market? Think again. The best section
of the book is centered around three of the interesting events
in the history of Microsoft - the very unplanned success of
Windows 3.X, the big time failure of Penpoint OS, and the
compromised design and slow success of Windows 95.
Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage
by Clifford Stoll
Clifford Stoll becomes, almost unwillingly, a one-man
security force trying to track down faceless criminals who've
invaded the university computer lab he stewards. What first
appears as a 75-cent accounting error in a computer log is
eventually revealed to be a ring of industrial espionage,
primarily thanks to Stoll's persistence and intellectual
J. C. R. Licklider and the Revolution That Made Computing
by M. Mitchell Waldrop
Spans the history of modern computers from the Second World
War to the explosive breakthroughs at Xerox PARC in the 1970s,
the personal computer boom of the 1980s, and the unparalleled
success of the Internet in the 1990s.
Where engines of the Mind concentrates on the hardware, The
Dream Machines follows the development of the software
technology from automated radar to the Internet.
The Evolution of the Computer from Mainframes to
by Joel N. Surkin 1984
W. W. Norton & Company, New York
Details the history of the computer from early time to the
1990s. Author concentrates on the research and development of
the computer hardware from the late 1930s to the early 1960s.
Inventing The Future At M.I.T.
by Stewart Brand 1987
MIT's Media Lab is one of the most influential centers of
media research. Find out how it started and grew.
Children, Computers, and Powerful Ideas
by Seymour Papert 1980
Basic Books, Inc.
How do we learn? What is Lego? Learn about Lego and how it
effects a child's learning.
Simple Ideas That Make Computers Work
by W. Daniel Hillis 1999
Mr. Hillis has distilled his accumulated knowledge of computer science into
The Pattern on the Stone, the book reveals the nature of logical machines simply and elegantly.
A Romance of Many Dimensions
by Edwin A. Abbott
Barnes & Noble Books
An introduction into the manner of perceiving dimensions.
by William Struck Jr. and E. B. White 1979
MacMillian Publishing Co., Inc.
All could benefit from this little gem of a book. It will
not necessarily make you a better writer but it just might.
An Inquiry Into Values
by Robert M. Pirsig 1974
What is quality? A whole book about that one question.
Software designers should have this as required reading.
Better yet, they should have a class on just this one book.
by Andrei Amaalrik 1970
Harper & Row, Publishers
I'm here to tell you that it wasn't Ronald Reagan that
brought down the big bad bear. This book was published in 1970
and got it pretty close. Read what this author considers the
reasons for the Soviet Union's downfall.
What happens after they are built
by Stewart Brand 1994
Learn how we use structures and ways in which they change
and grow. Much of what is discussed about buildings can be
applied to software.
by Janet Abbate 2000
The social history of the Internet. Did ARPANet really get
started because the military needed a bomb proof method of
communication or was there another reason?