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The Hacker’s Dictionary, 1983

The Hacker's Dictionary, 1983 and 1996

The Hacker's Dictionary, 1983 and 1996

A couple of days ago I received a copy of the original Hacker’s Dictionary (also known as Steele-1983) I had bought on eBay. On the photo it lies on top of the third edition of the New Hacker’s Dictionary, and it’s interesting to compare the two volumes simply for size: Steele-1983 has 140 pages, of which 110 are the dictionary proper. The New Hacker’s Dictionary has around 570 pages, of which about 470 form the dictionary proper, including the cartoons.

What makes Steele-1983 so interesting is that it is the oldest version of the jargon file still to be found, and unless someone digs up a crumpled printout of the late seventies, this is not likely to change.

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