I love Neal Stephenson

because he writes with just the right amount of wit, humor, sarcasm, innuendo, and showmanship to keep me always wanting more. Sure, at times his prose feels like it came out from the bottom of the drugstore bargain bin. But who cares? Stephenson is the nerd’s nerd. Perhaps you have to be a Physics major to see him the way I do.

I just found his delightful 1999 essay In The Beginning Was The Command Line, which begins with the most delightful metaphor of Computer OS makers as Automobile Dealerships. Although I have only made it through about a third of it, I can already recommend it highly.

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