After reading 100+ books a year for most of my life I abruptly stopped 4 years ago for some unknown reason. Now I am back to reading but with new literary interests in addition to the mysteries that I had been primarily reading.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Wizzywig is a story about a brilliant child computer hacker. Kevin Phenicle gets beat up daily at his elementary school until he finds a way to cheat the phone company out of excessive fees. He then becomes popular. His first hack is of the phone company. After overhearing 2 older men discuss sex as "boingthump" he takes that word as his online name. After finding ways to scam free pizza and rigging radio contests, Kevin creates some of the world's first worms and viruses all before graduating high school. He has to go on the run though as several companies have each lost $10,000,000 from his hacking of their computer systems.
I loved this kid. He is a composite character of 3 young hackers of the early computer era. If you want to learn about this era you should read this book. Though informative, it is hilarious. I really enjoyed this one.