Nice change: A novel with real technology

On a recent plane trip I was able to read ‘The Cockoo’s Egg‘ by Clifford Stoll. It was a nice to have real technology described for a change. The book is a real-life account of how a Unix System Administrator tracked down a hacker in the early 80’s. Obviously, its quite dated, but the story was pretty interesting, and it was interesting to learn about the vulnerabilities in some of the applications.

The book makes a good balance between the technical stuff and telling the story. It technical enough that I enjoyed it, but still simple enough that my wife can follow it.

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