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: · 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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Dotcom boom or bust? Books by Clifford Stoll.

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The first time I read it, I thought that Clifford had some good points. Jan 25, Timothy Bartholomew rated it really liked it. Stoll, a year veteran of the electronic information age, appears to have reached a stage of burnout that A lot of this book is outdated since it’s 15 years oldbut there are also some points which are still valid.

On many claims or pr I read this not long after publication, and re-read it a year ago weeding through my books. However so cliffford of this is mixed in with problems I know are now solved it’s hard to not just write them off as excessive pessimism on Stoll’s part.

Doubleday- Computers – pages. It’s a good message for our society. The author’s aim was to cljfford an anti-view against the emerging Web as it robs individuals of real and true-life experiences. This is before the all powerful Google “solved” the problem of search by using links to information to rank the usefulness of a page. He’s definitely off on the majority of his predictions on where the internet and the web built on top is going.


Following his personal inquiry into the nature of computers, Cliff meets a Chinese astronomer with an abacus, gets lost in a cave, and travels across the Midwest on a home-brew railroad cart. Why make friends online while not engaging in the society in your own geographic community. In summary I would recommend reading the book if you want to remind yourself of where the ‘net came from and what the early days looked like.

The ‘net has grown up so fast and is consistently surprising the world with new inovations growing out of it.

Silicon Snake Oil

Stoll has also written Silicon Snake Oil: I was more interested in the concepts he would touch on that speak more to psychology and the replacement of the physical experience with a virtual or electronic-dependent experience.

I encourage everyone to go to Amazon snakw request it in Kindle edition. I read the Cuckoo’s Egg years ago and then when this book came out it was requested by all the Luddites on campus many of them good friends who were terrified by the Internet and computers. Is being on-line truly useful?

Silicon Snake Oil: Second Thoughts on the Information Highway

Might be wrong, Cliff Is being on-line truly useful? He’s the author of The Cuckoo’s Egg – the bestselling book about how he caught German spies prowling through computers – and a genuine legend on the Internet.


They dull the skills we use in everyday life. This was the first book I ever read that made me think technology is not all this it is cracked up to be. This computer utopia is said to educate, entertain, and inform.

Silicon Snake Oil by Clifford Stoll :: A Book Review by Scott London

Oct 18, Rogue Reader rated it it was ok Shelves: Want to Read saving…. Yes it’s easy to criticize his opinions about the Usenet 22 years later, but he still had perspective.

In this “free-form meditation” on the future of electronic networking, he offers what he considers a much-needed critical perspective on the “popular fictions” and “pernicious myths” about the on-line world.

Althought a bit on a soapbox, Stoll excellently refutes some dtoll ‘this must znake correct’ thoughts about what improvements in computer technologies will do for us.

If social interactions on the screen can ever replace physically meeting people. Between the two, I would have to give it stars.

Aug 17, Lee rated it liked it Shelves: I don’t blame Snkae for this. This is before Amazon gave the bricks and mortar book shops a serious run for their money. When he talks about what computers can do, he’s normally wrong, e.

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