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Coding Freedom by E. Gabriella Coleman

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CHAPTER 1

The Life of a Free Software Hacker

One may say that true life begins where the tiny bit begins—where what seems to us minute and infinitely small alterations take place. True life is not lived where great external changes take place—where people move about, clash, fight and slay one another—it is lived only where these tiny, tiny infinitesimal changes occur.

—Leo Tolstoy, “Why Do Men Stupefy Themselves?”

The Basic “Specs” of a Lifeworld

A life history, by definition, belongs uniquely to one person, textured by innumerable details, instances, events, idiosyncrasies, and happenings.1 As such, the writing of a “typical” life history ...

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