Art without engineering is dreaming;
Engineering without art is calculating.

Steven K. Roberts, N4RVE

Book reviews

Gonzo Wisdom – Reaching Escape Velocity mini-review in Make

I was most delighted to find my little Reaching Escape Velocity book mentioned in the pages of my favorite magazine — creative makers were exactly the readers I had in mind when writing it. The book covers the art of working with sponsors, volunteers, and media in order to launch audacious gonzo engineering projects… and is…

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From BEHEMOTH to Microship – QST Review

has always been the quintessential magazine of amateur radio, predating me by decades. As such, like all other hams, I’m dabbling in things that have long kept paleogeeks up all night… probing the ether and chasing those elusive DX (long-distance) stations. Of course, some of the things I’ve done with radio have been a bit…

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Fighting Crime with the Cyber.kdz

In Pursuit of Picasso #5 in the Cyber.kdz series by Bruce Balan In a curious twist, I got to be a fictional character… thanks to Bruce Balan, a long-distance sailor and author. This series of six books, released in the late ’90s, was aimed at young hack-savvy readers and related the adventures of the Internet-connected…

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ConneXions – Computing Across America review

This short commentary on my book was published the month after the author’s ConneXions piece about BEHEMOTH. Computing Across America: The Bicycle Odyssey of a High-Tech Nomad by Steven K. Roberts Learned Information, Inc. (Medford, NJ: 1988) 347 pp., ISBN 0-938734-18-0 reviewed by Carl Malamud ConneXions – Volume 6, Number 9 September, 1992 Normally, we…

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Computing Across America – 73 Book Review

A view of Steven K. Roberts N4RVE’s book. Reviewed by Alida M. Jatich KA9KAG 73 Magazine — November, 1989 “Suburbia is not a place; it’s a state of mind… You live in suburbia when the cycle of work and play becomes dangerously unbalanced in favor of work.” (Computing Across America, page 3.) If you’re like me,…

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Computing Across America book review – Systems Librarian

I don’t know this publication, but have to chuckle at the comment near the end in which they say I must have a thesaurus with which I choose big words for effect. I have found that such comments only come from folks who are a bit vocabulary-challenged… I can’t imagine using a thesaurus as a…

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Photoletter – Computing Across America

Computing Across America ($9.95, plus $2 p&h) by Steven K. Roberts. Steven Roberts rides 10,000 miles across America, conducting business as a writer on a computerized bicycle. The book encapsulates his adventure. Contact: Computing Across America [obsolete base-office address redacted]

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Computing Across America book review – A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing

I find this review most gratifying, and not only because the reviewer enjoyed my book. Michael A. Banks is a writer I’ve known and respected for  years, and his Modem Reference was one of the most-thumbed technical books on my shelf… back before USB <creak>. He was a prolific columnist in the early days of…

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Computing Across America – Portable Computer Review

Ever dream of just “hanging it up and heading into the sunset”? When Steve Roberts sold his suburban home and moved to an exotic high-tech bicycle, he set out to explore a new way of life—one that promised freedom, adventure, romance, and a “helluva lot of fun.” In Computing Across America, Roberts describes the wild…

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