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Developing lists of documentaries, how-to videos and books that someone within the Red Mountain Makers group has read and found useful or informative. Some of these come from JC's documentary and film nights and Linux sessions, others from Shirley's reading and self-study.

Documentaries

The Machine that Changed the World (1992). BBC documentary series about the history of computer development.
CitizenFour - a documentary about Edward Snowden and the deep reach of U.S. government surveilance.
Arduino: The Documentary
Wikipedia's extensive list of documentaries about the Internet
Computing Britain - excellent radio series focusing on technological developments in Great Britain.
Documentary.net's technology collection Watch online!
Revolution OS - the story of the Linux operating system
Plug and Pray, an exploration of the problems in developing intelligent robots
Defcon
The Secret History of Hacking
The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz Watch online! This documentary tells Aaron Swartz's life story, from his involvement with launching Reddit, to his use of large document datasets for pattern analysis (the "JSTOR incident" that caused him so much grief) through to his involvement with defeating the SOPA legislation.
Floored (2009) - the story of the effect of technology on the Chicago stock exchange.
The Singularity (2012) - Within the coming decades we will be able to create computers with greater than human intelligence, bio-engineer our species, and redesign matter through nanotechnology. How will these technologies change what it means to be human?
Computing Pioneer Heinz Zemanek's Mailüfterl computer (German, with English subtitles].
What is quantum computing? (Short documentary).
The Secret Rules of Modern Living Algorithms - BBC documentary that explains how algorithms (or rules) work in computing.
A short (5 min) documentary about Claude Shannon and binary encoding.
Hello World! Processing - first in an online series exploring the intersection between programming and creative design.
Print - the Legend (trailer) - available on Nextflix.
Steve Johnson's How We Got To Now documentary series on PBS (original air date - Fall 2014) is an excellent exploration of the process of innovation and technological change happens.
Deep Web (2015) - an exploration of the take down and case against Silk Road - and the site founder.
Documentary about the first year of Mojang, the parent studio of Minecraft
Deep Web - the story of the Silk Road website evolution and takedown.
Wired Magazine - series of four videos looking at Shenzhen - China's microcomputer and computer hardware powerhouse.
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Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Silicon Cowboys - documentary. The story of the rise of Compaq Computers. World release - September 15, 2016.
Most Dangerous Town on the Internet
Most Dangerous Town on the Internet - Where Cybercrime Goes to Hide

Interviews with Tech Pioneers

Stanford University's Silicon Genesis project. Interviews with transistor and semi-conductor industry pioneers.

Websites

EE Times - focus on electronics, projects and applications. Has a lot on embedded electronics, the "Internet of Things".

How-to videos

Programming

Nixie Pixel's YouTube Linux tutorial series
The New Boston's C++ programming tutorials
The New Boston's Android development tutorials
The New Boston's HTML5 tutorials

Movies

IMDB hacker movie list
The Imitation Game. English mathematician and logician, Alan Turing, helps crack the Enigma code during World War II.
Hidden Figures (2016). The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

Geeky, but fun fiction

Explorers (1985)
Blade Runner (1982)
Jumper (2008)

HackerFlicks at the hackerspaces.org site

Books

Computing History

Computing - A Consise History, by Paul E. Ceruzzi
A tight, well-written, short book, this history of computing ties together the technical developments of the 19th century, 1920s, 30s, 40s & 50s into a clear story of how different technical developers (and their resulting tools and ideas) were able to build on previous work to create systems to first, automate calculations using hardware, and then later, develop the first programs and software. One of the clearer histories written to date, this will serve as good beginning orientation for all people who are starting to explore computer technology, and who like a context in which to place current modern devices and software. Shirley Bob gives it two thumbs up. Shirley Hicks (talk) 10:00, 27 September 2014 (PDT)
The Soul of a New Machine, by Tracy Kidder, (2000).
From Goodreads: "The computer revolution brought with it new methods of getting work done—just look at today's news for reports of hard-driven, highly-motivated young software and online commerce developers who sacrifice evenings and weekends to meet impossible deadlines. Tracy Kidder got a preview of this world in the late 1970s when he observed the engineers of Data General design and build a new 32-bit minicomputer in just one year. His thoughtful, prescient book, The Soul of a New Machine, tells stories of 35-year-old "veteran" engineers hiring recent college graduates and encouraging them to work harder and faster on complex and difficult projects, exploiting the youngsters' ignorance of normal scheduling processes while engendering a new kind of work ethic. —Rob Lightner"

Tech Biographies

iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon - How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It
Jobs
Alan Turing: The Enigma
The Amazingly Unlikely Story of How Minecraft Was Born

Tech Business

Atari Inc.: Business is Fun
The Google Story
In The Plex
Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet
The Innovator's Dilemma. Clayton Christensen's excellent analysis as to how new technologies disrupt old ones.
Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry. Tells the story of Blackberry's rise and fall. In-depth analysis of where the company's leadership failed. You'll get more out of this if you understand hardware and software investment and return cycles. Dr. Gio Wiederhold has good material on that subject.
The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

Tech instruction

Script Changes telling stories using Scratch.

Tech philosophy

The Cathedral and the Bazaar

Machine Learning

The Master Algorithm - generalist's introduction to the principles and forumulas underlying machine learning and predictive systems.

How-Tos

Articles, books, writings of interest

1989 NY Times piece on Richard Stallman's early advocation of open source software
The Hacker Crackdown - early hacking
2600: The Hacker Quarterly
A catalogue of old tech manuals