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Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age

In a departure from her series of entrepreneurial profiles, this week Teresa reviews Hackers & Painters, by Paul Graham, which was published by O'Reilly Press in 2004.

Nerds have always been unpopular. Paul Graham thinks this is a good thing.

The first essay in Hackers & Painters depicts a......

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To do good work, Graham writes, you need a brain that can go anywhere. And you especially need a brain that's in the habit of going where it's not supposed to. "Great work tends to grow out of ideas that others have overlooked, and no idea is so overlooked as one that's unthinkable," he writes. Ground-breaking scientists look for places where conventional wisdom is broken,......

Full article >>> politicians -- hear that the richest 5% of the people have half the total wealth, they tend to think injustice! An experienced programmer would be more likely to think is that all? The top 5% of programmers probably write 99% of the good software."

Graham defends the unequal distribution of wealth. "No one complains when a few people surpass all the rest at playing chess or ......

Full article >>> a big company. Then there is one more multiple: how much smarter are you than your job description expects you to be? Suppose another multiple of three. Combine all these multipliers, and I'm claiming you could be 36 times more productive than you're expected to be in a random corporate job. If a fairly good hacker is worth $80,000 a year at a big company, then a smart hacker working very hard wi......

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Source:wistechnology.com By Teresa Esser 09/06/04


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