For thousand of years, the route to power was the control of land and armies. Today when you can put “worlds on a grain of sand,” control of specific territories declines in importance. What matters is not the control of lands but the liberation of minds.
If we can dispel the delusion that learning about computers should be an activity of fiddling with array indexes and worrying whether X is an integer or a real number, we can begin to focus on programming as a source of ideas.
Books can go nimbly where a computer, I believe, would stumble: a primitive campsite in the Wyoming wilderness, where power sources for battery recharging are nonexistent; the compost pile in my vegetable garden, where I half-submerge my gardening books as I dig and hoe; and my bathtub. What greater luxury than to dim the overhead […]
First we thought the PC was a calculator. Then we found out how to turn numbers into letters with ASCII – and we thought it was a typewriter. Then we discovered graphics, and we thought it was a television. With the World Wide Web, we’ve realized it’s a brochure.
A computer terminal is not some clunky old television with a typewriter in front of it. It is an interface where the mind and body can connect with the universe and move bits of it about.
Man is a game playing animal and a computer is another way to play games. (“Dilbert”)
Those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, usually do.
Putting a computer in front of a child and expecting it to teach him is like putting a book under his pillow, only more expensive.
After a day spent staring at a computer monitor, think of a book as a kind of screen saver for your brain.
A successful (software) tool is one that was used to do something undreamed of by its author.