In “Silicon Snake Oil”, Clifford Stoll, the best-selling author of “The Cuckoo’s Egg” and one of the pioneers of the Internet, turns hisattention to the much-heralded. Silicon snake oil: second thoughts on the information highway. Author: Clifford Stoll. Publication: ยท Book. Silicon View colleagues of Clifford Stoll. top of page. In Silicon Snake Oil, Clifford Stoll, the best-selling author of The Cuckoo’s Egg and one of the pioneers of the Internet, turns his attention to the.

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Other editions – View all Silicon Snake Oil: Anchor Books- Computers – pages. For example, writing an email xtoll not the same as sitting down to write a letter.

Silicon Snake Oil: Second Thoughts on the Information Highway by Clifford Stoll

This is before the all powerful Google “solved” the problem of search by using links to information to rank the usefulness of a page. I’m on the last page of the book where Cliff uses a substitution cryptogram to reveal how he wrote it. No phenomenon in modern times has received ssilicon attention, held out more promise, nor achieved more mythic stature than the information highway.

When discussing shopping he asserts “no electronic shopping can compare with the variety, quality, and experimental richness of a visit to even the most mundane malls”. The author’s aim was to offer an anti-view against the clifgord Web as it robs individuals of real and true-life experiences.

And it was indeed interesting to see the insight the author had about the effect of and problems with the internet. I give the man props for being an important voice sklicon internet safety, but that’s really all he knows. It’s remarkable how well the criticisms in this book hold up. No trivia pil quizzes yet. In the end, I would like to read the author’s first book which is somewhat strangely promoted in this oneand would recommend this book to a few of my technology-zealous colleagues to give them a bit of perspective.

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Silicon Snake Oil

It comes at a propitious time; the on-lineworld has been hyped beyond recognition Few people have more impressivecredentials to trash the Internet than Stoll”. When you may be waiting up to weeks the meaning of the letter becomes more important.

That doesn’t mean this is a bad book, just not the same as before. I read Cliff’s book “The Cuckoo’s egg” about tracking down a hacker.

One thing that becomes clear is many of the obstacles he mentions has either been solved or is in the process of improving. Self professed geek is really an iconoclast.

Common terms and phrases America Online Andy answer archive astronomer Brad Templeton bulletin boards bytes card catalog CD-ROM classroom color communications computer games computer jocks computer networks computerized connected cost Cuckoo’s Egg database digital cash disk dollars dozen e-mail electronic feel Fidonet friends ghostwriting gigabytes Guy Consolmagno happen high school hundred images interactive Internet John Brockman Jon Gradie Jupiter keyboard kids latest learning letter librarians look magazines messages Mike Godwin modem never newsgroups packets paper plenty problem Clitford puter reply says screen server simple SIMTEL someone spend sure talk teach teacher telephone television tell there’s thing thousand tion Today today’s tool Unix Usenet users virtual watch what’s wonder word processor write.

Stoll but I disagree with pretty much everything he said in this book.

He’s also not a reactionary Luddite, he “looks forward to the time when our Internet reaches every town and trailer park”. He does offer some important ideas to consider and some vivid examples of how the promises of the Net have been over-hyped. As will soon become apparent 13 years ago counts as ancient history when it comes to the ‘net. Some of his predictions – such as the one detailing eCommerce as a non-viable commercial entity – are not only laughable but also downright emb Written in – this is Stoll’s perspective that the internet is a time-wasting, soul-sucking device that removes a lot of the best parts of Life by tying the user to the keyboard.

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Silicon Snake Oil: Second Thoughts on the Information Highway

Sep 15, Andy Scott rated it liked it. There are some areas he flags for concern that may still be relevant today. The subtitle, “Second Thoughts slicon the Information Highway” gives an indication about what it’s about.

Jul 18, Gwern rated it liked it. A cautionary tale about today’s media darling, Silicon Snake Oil has sparked intense debate across the country about the merits–and foibles–of what’s been touted as the entranceway to our future. Nowadays, it’s funny to go back and read Stoll’s description along the lines of “what, they really expect me to buy books and newspaper on the internet?

Of course, Stoll was mostly wrong, and that’s why we don’t hear much from him anymore. This was the first book I ever read that made me think silicoon is not all this it is cracked up to be.

The cliffrod implications were pretty often spot on. Stoll has also written Silicon Snake Oil: Disappointing follow up to The Cuckoo’s Egg. Trivia About Silicon Snake Oil