C O M P U T E R S
Computing has been through several trends over the few decades of its existence. As the hardware has improved at a rate that far exceeds any other technological changes in history, trying to predict what the Next Great Thing will be is nearly impossible.
But there's now enough history to be able to perceive something of a pattern to the relationship between computer systems and their users.
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Computing: A Personal Reminiscence
Kidder, Tracy -- The Soul of a New Machine, Avon, 1982. On its face the story of how a new computer is designed and built, this is much more the human story of the people who can and do accomplish such feats of creative design and engineering.
Levy, Steven -- Hackers, Dell, 1985. Not being a hacker himself makes some of Levy's descriptions of the brillant programmers he profiles somewhat overblown. Still, he gets the basics right. A fascinating look inside the minds of the people who take to software development as though born to it.
Weinberg, Gerald M. -- Understanding the Professional Programmer, Dorset House, 1988. A collection of essays on what it means to be a professional programmer, and on how to manage them more effectively.
C|net-- a consumer-focused source for daily events in computing.
Infoworld-- an industry-focused source for daily computing news.