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Cliff Stoll Hacker Catcher

Cliff Stoll is an interesting “hero” for techno-geeks like me, and seeing that he did a talk for Ted made me want to share it with you, good reader. His book The Cuckoo’s Egg is a fascinating read.

He found a KGB hacker, even though his expertise is in Astronomy, but he decided to figure out how all this Internet thing works and became a techno-sleuth while doing it. His frenetic pace and staccato delivery are both wild and refreshing to hear (OK, I don’t think I could work with him, he might drive me nuts, but he is still a fantastic person to listen to).

Clifford Stoll captivates his audience with a wildly energetic sprinkling of anecdotes, observations, asides — and even a science experiment. After all, by his own definition, he’s a scientist: “Once I do something, I want to do something else.”

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  1. Thanks for the link, BCM, I had completely forgotten about the book ’til I read the comments this AM.

    BTW, you may have turned me on to a whole area of reading that I was unaware existed. Thanks!

    Dr. Stock: only 2 copies left now! Better hurry!

  2. GAH!! Of course I clicked on the book’s link, ’cause it did seem interesting. Oh, and look, it’s a ‘look inside’ listing. Let’s see if it is interesting. They let me read the first 6 pages of the story, and then left me hanging… Sure hope the library has a copy available…

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