2017-11-13 The television version of "The Cuckoo's Egg"
I read the Dutch version of "The Cuckoo's Egg" when it came out in 1989. Later I bought the English version. Via a complete diversion I found out this weekend the book was made into a TV documentary: The KGB, the Computer and Me which has a lot less personal diversions than the book. It is played by Clifford Stoll himself and others involved in the original story. Although the CIA guys look a bit more stereotypical than they come out in the book. A very interesting part is there is a closing remark in the documentary by Markus Hess. Now I want to get a view of the movie of the other side, '23'. The funny part is that I found this documentary from following news related to amateur radio: Cliff Stoll -- K7TA -- Has THE KNACK. And a GREAT NOVA Video. Clifford Stoll does have a callsign: K7TA
I got around to posting reviews for books I read recently:
But I noticed quite some bit rot on The Virtual Bookcase. Some scripts needed updating before I could add a book or post a review. And the reviews queue had been filled with lots of spam.
- The Best of 2600: A Hacker Odyssey by Emmanuel Goldstein
- Wiring Up The Big Brother Machine...And Fighting It by Mark Klein
- Crypto : How the Code Rebels Beat the Government -- Saving Privacy in the Digital Age by Steven Levy
Big surprise yesterday: UPS logistics is able to do a 'deliver to neighbour' on a residential address. Since we have nice neighbours in the street a package was delivered there and we found the note to pick it up. That is quite an improvement over having to go to some warehouse in a far away industrial area only reachable by car.
In the package: two Amazon Kindles. Yes, we're going e-book! The main reason is quite simple: on cycling holidays books are a serious part of the weight we drag along. Having the entire library as a lightweight (240 gram) e-reader is nicer.
One effect is that I think I want to add something with editions / versions of books to detail pages about books on virtualbookcase so it is visible when a book is available in a kindle version. This has already been on my mind for UK/US versions (which happened for books like Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (UK version) / Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (US version). Ideally, I'd like to link all versions of the same book so I can show all reviews together. And as an added bonus I could show availability of hardback / paperback / kindle versions at places like amazon. But that will take some serious programming time...
I recently re-read The Fugitive Game: Online with Kevin Mitnick and noticed I never wrote a review for it. So I fixed that omission. It's a great book to read as it reads as a big adventure. But it took me a while to write a good review.