By Rhonda Johnson
Updated January 22, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST
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Extra Life: Coming of Age in Cyberspace

Good news for parents anxious about the time little Junior spends surfing the Internet and playing Carmageddon. This slim memoir asserts that computers saved its 30-year-old author from a wasted youth of petty crime and pot smoking. The now-ancient Atari 800 that David S. Bennahum requested as his bar mitzvah gift was a young hacker’s dream at a time when ”geeking out” on computers was not for adults, girls, or guys who weren’t nerds. While Extra Life: Coming of Age in Cyberspace does plumb a fascinating sliver of early cyberhistory, the smug account makes the rest of us grateful to have cut our teeth on a Macintosh. B-

Extra Life: Coming of Age in Cyberspace

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