This third edition of the tremendously popular Hacker's Dictionary adds 100 new entries and updates 200 entries. In case you aren't familiar with it, this is no snoozer dictionary of technical terms, although you'll certainly find accurate definitions for most techie jargon. It's the slang and secret language among computer jocks that offers the most fun. Don't know what the Infinite-Monkey Theorem is? Or the meaning of "rat dance?" It's all here. Most people don't sit down to read dictionaries for entertainment, but this is surely an exception.
A sprightly lexicon.(William Safire New York Times Magazine)
For anyone who likes to have slippery, elastic fun with language, this is a time for celebration... The New Hacker's Dictionary...is not only a useful guidebook to very much un-official technical terms and street tech slang, but also a de facto ethnography of the early years of the hacker culture.(Mondo 2000)
My current favorite is 'wave a dead chicken.' New to you? You've waved a dead chicken when you've gone through motions to satisfy onlookers (suits?), even when you're sure it's all futile. Raymond's book exhilarates... The New Hacker's Dictionary, though, is not for skimming. Allot, each day, a half hour, severely timed if you hope to get any work done.(Hugh Kenner Byte) See all Product Description
This isn't a dictionary, it's a thousand slices of hacker history, folklore, and culture aranged in alphabetical order. Read morePublished on June 18 2003 by Brian Karlak
This is one of my favorites: both informative and highly entertaining (perhaps more the latter).
Although the jargon file (from which the bulk of this book's content is taken)... Read more
It is really nice to be able to peruse this book in the flesh rather than on the computer screen and if you frequently are looking at the HTML version then you will not be... Read morePublished on Nov. 16 2001 by Sickness23
This is a one-of-a-kind piece of work, and the number of editions to date demonstrates the effort put into this Herculean task. Read morePublished on July 21 2001 by Stephen Lee
Blargh. Ignore the twinks and their burbling flamage - the yellow book is a moby frob and the source of all good bits. The 3rd Ed has the X nature. Read morePublished on March 30 2001 by Gary
First of all, much of the jargon here is very dated. And since there's very little feeling of respect for any sort of legacies from the past amongst software engineers, I doubt... Read morePublished on March 8 2001 by S. Clark
Perhaps we should start by telling what this dictionary isn't. First, it has nothing to do with breaking into computer systems and similar illegal activities which any layman would... Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2000 by Primoz Peterlin
If you can remember playing "Adventure" on a teletype, this book is for you. And if you're in college, hoping for a job in computing when you graduate, this book is for... Read morePublished on May 17 2000 by Mike Christie