Sunday, January 11, 2009

More Nelson + hypertext

I ordered Ted Nelson’s new book from and received the following in an email (from “Ted Nelson”):

Thank you for buying *Geeks Bearing Gifts*. I've tried to share with you the excitement, tension and vividness of the computer past that got us here. There's material in the book to confirm every point of view, pro or anti- (Unicode, Unix, Macintosh, Windows, the Web - you name it).

How about your friends, family and colleagues? Would they like it? Would they benefit? Would they go apoplectic? Consider the pros and cons. Your boss? Careful now. But who knows? He or she might learn something that would help your project over the next hurdle.

FOR THE NEXT EDITION: If you have interesting anecdotes, special knowledge or suggestions, please send them to me at I won't be checking this address every day, you understand, but perhaps you can help me open even further the treasures of the past - and build a better future.


Ted Nelson

I suspect it will be an intriguing read, just as Nelson’s pioneering “Computer Lib” was many years ago.  Kind of ironic, of course, that the book is apparently only available in dead-tree format.

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