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Title:
Zen computer
Author:
Sudo, Philip Toshio.
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Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
216 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780684854090
Format :
Book

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A philosophical blending of the principles of Zen, with its emphasis on serenity, and modern technological change, with all of its potential frustrations, offers exercises designed to focus the mind.


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For those who've been tempted to commit battery against their computer, Sudo proposes a calmer path to coexistence with the machines. He calls forth Zen principles of self-awareness, mindfulness, and balance, and subsumes them beneath funky computerese headings: FAQ, Boot, Install, Mouse, etc. To the un-Zen this seems quaintly ethereal, as if the machine could absorb the user's mental state; but perhaps a brief meditation before turning the box on will lead to a more productive session. For doing so, Sudo advances "Seven Rules of Zen Computer," attractively set off by Japanese characters representing Zen concepts. Illustrated by sayings of Zen masters, the rules, Sudo avers, promote excellence and harmony in the manner of the Japanese tea ceremony. He directs the especial attention of programmers to that ritual, the better to get them to write efficient, bug-free code, out of respect for the user. An off-beat application, err, book that playfully urges a less frantic attitude toward computer use. --Gilbert Taylor