“Andrew Blum plunges into the unseen but real ether of the Internet in a journey both compelling and profound….You will never open an email in quite the same way again.”
—Tom Vanderbilt, New York Times bestselling author of Traffic
In Tubes, Andrew Blum, a correspondent at Wired magazine, takes us on an engaging, utterly fascinating tour behind the scenes of our everyday lives and reveals the dark beating heart of the Internet itself. A remarkable journey through the brave new technological world we live in, Tubes is to the early twenty-first century what Soul of a New Machine—Tracy Kidder’s classic story of the creation of a new computer—was to the late twentieth.
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An informative book, for nerds like me!
Blum breaks down the physical internet for the tech minded and the curious as well.
It started out slow, and has some dry moments, but this yarn is quite technical and informative. While reading, I found myself doing things like searching for a used Brocade mlx-32 on eBay and googling 56 Marietta, the closest "Internet" in my city.
Reads like a great essay
Love it so far, can't wait to finish reading. Thanks to Terry Gross for her interview of the author.
Tubes really does make me think of the Internet in a totally different way. There is just enough technical detail to be informative and easy to read. It's like a travelogue to the important sites of the Internet. It makes a great Father's Day present.