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Recommended Reading: Non-Fiction

by Bruce Schneier
The definitive source for all things crypto. -- Duncan
by Nancy A. Lynch
Excellent source on distributed computing models and algorithms. -- Duncan
by David A. Patterson, John L. Hennessy, David Goldberg
Information on computer architectures, both hardware and instruction sets. Caching, memory, optimizations, etc. -- Duncan
by John L. Hennessy, David A. Patterson
A variation on their earlier book, CA:AQA [also listed]. Geared less towards the computer engineering student and more towards programmers or computer science students who need a solid grounding in hardware issues.
This book is being used in a Computer Architecture class which I am taking this semester, and at $86 is more interesting then the Calculus book for which I paid about the same price. --
by Evi Nimeth, Garth Snyder, Scott Seebass, Trent R. Hein
Bestselling and most comprehensive guide to UNIX system administration, functions as both an introductory guide for new admins as well as a detailed resource for old, wiser, and more cynical admins as well. No bookshelf is complete without it. (The /\/ Seal of Approval!)
by Douglas R. Hofstadter
Pulitzer Prize-winning treatise on recursion, formal systems, number theory, and every other sort of complex system that we geeks live and breathe. Cannot be described in adjectives. This book will quite likely change your outlook on the world, if not your life. (The /\/ Seal of Approval!)
by Charles Flowers
Companion volume to an excellent PBS ten-hour documentary. "Exploring the sweeping changes that have revolutionized both our lives and our thinking in technology, physics, astronomy, earth science, biology, chemistry, paleoanthropology, medicine, public health, and the behavioral sciences over the course of the century, ... probes the discoveries, the people, and the historical events that have shaped scientific ideas." Nothing to do with, but good stuff -- Duncan
by Electronic Frontier Foundation, John Gilmore (Editor)
Full source code in OCR format for EFF DES monster cracking machine which won DES-II-2 - Davehart
by George Coulouris, Jean Dollimore, Tim Kindberg
This is a nice standard distributed systems text book -- Neal Cardwell (

Recommended Reading: Fiction

by Neal Stephenson
A must read for anyone on the net, or who will ever be there. Inspirational to all programmers and users alike. -- Duncan
by Robert Harris, David Rosenthal (Editor)
England 1943. Much of the infamous Nazi Enigma code has been cracked. But Shark, the impenetrable cipher used by Nazi U-boats, eludes everyone. Except for mathematician Tom Jericho. -- Greg Williams (

Recommended Reading: Links

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