book: The Hacker Ethic

Full_image_9The Hacker Ethic and the Spirit of the New Economy
by Pekka Himanen, Linus Torvalds and Manuel Castells (read by Oliver Wyman)

I liked this book. the authors contrast the hacker ethic with the protestant ethic. and while i don’t discount the protestant ethic like the authors do (i actually quite like the protestant ethic), i am a big believer in the hacker ethic. instead of working to live, hackers create and build things for the greater community.

i continue to be blown away with great hackers like Jimmy Wales and thousands of others who band together to create great projects.

one a personal note: this week was my first one back in an office. i have been working from home for 3.5 years … i truly love working from home … but an office is more conducive to getting something done greater than one person can accomplish. while setting up the Rapleaf office (we’ve been cleaning, moving things, setting up desks, etc), i listened to this book.

summation: a great book to read … especially if you are a hacker yourself.

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