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Full Text of Classic Computer Book Digital Deli on the Web
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Full Text of Classic Computer Book Digital Deli on the Web  
The full text of the classic computer book Digital Deli
(http://www.atariarchives.org/deli/) is now available on the Web. Published in 1984 and subtitled "The Comprehensive, User-Lovable Menu of Computer Lore, Culture, Lifestyles and Fancy," Digital Deli offers a unique perspective on computers and their users in the golden age of microcomputing.

The book was written by more than 100 contributors and edited by Steve Ditlea. Contributors include computing pioneers Ralph Baer, Steve Wozniak, Nolan Bushnell, Robert Moog, Bill Gates, and Mitch Kapor, in addition to well-known writers and pundits, such as Stan Veit, Steven Levy, Howard Rheingold, and Esther Dyson.

In it, you can read:

  • how Paul Lutus wrote the Apple Writer word processor in a tiny, secluded Oregon cabin
  • how Ken Uston used the first practical computer, hidden in his shoes, to count cards in a Las Vegas casino
  • about the development of RACTER, early software that would synthesize prose
  • about Blaise Pascal, Ada Lovelace, and other great "computer eccentrics"
  • about John Draper and other pioneering phone phreaks 
  • about online etiquette circa 1984
  • ...and much more
"I've always been struck by how much of the history of technology is missing from the Net. It's as if anything predating the World Wide Web's creation simply didn't exist," Steve Ditlea, editor of the book, said. "Thanks to AtariArchives.org anyone curious about the state of personal computing circa 1984 can now access a book that has been out of print for nearly two decades."

This is the 21st classic computing book to be made available at AtariArchives.org. (http://www.atariarchives.org) The volunteer-run site launched in April 2000 with the goal of digitally preserving books, software, and other information about classic computers. Its sister site, the Classic Computer Magazine Archive (http://www.atarimagazines.com) offers the full text of 1980's computer magazines, including Creative Computing, Antic, and STart.

For more information, contact Kevin Savetz, (http://www.savetz.com) founder of the sites.
 
 



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