By Brian W. Kernighan

This ebook explains how today's computing and communications international operates, from via software program to the web and the net. It contains adequate aspect so you might know how those structures paintings, it doesn't matter what your technical historical past. The social, political and criminal matters that new expertise creates are mentioned to boot, so that you can comprehend the tricky concerns we are facing and take pleasure in the tradeoffs that experience to be made to unravel them.

A compact yet distinct and thorough clarification of the way pcs and communications platforms paintings, for non-technical readers who are looking to greater comprehend the area they dwell in. an exceptional resource for technical readers who wish whatever that might support their family and friends know about electronic structures.

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