Who is Weinberg?
January 20, 2012 8:29 AM   Subscribe

Book-filter: Used to have a list of quotes by someone named "Weinberg". Predates Gerald Weinberg but many of he quotes were computer-related and from the '60s! Who is Weinberg?

I had a DOS-based computer program was called quote.exe or quoter.exe (or maybe *.com) that I could run to give a "quote of the day". I ran it from my autoexec.bat for entertainment. The program had an accompanying text file from which it pulled quotes. That's background.

Many of the quotes were computer-related and were by a fellow named "Weinberg", if I recall correctly. I enjoyed the quotes so much that I found, and bought, the book. Sections of the book that I recall related to how things changed with regards to programming in a large organization.

I loaned out the book and never got it back, however, am now using the mind of the hive to try and find the book again.

All I remember is the "Weinberg" (or Weinberger?) name, or similar. Red cover. Computer-related. Maybe from the early 1960s.
posted by Man with Lantern to Computers & Internet (5 answers total)
Gerard Weinberg has been around for a long time. Are you sure the quotes aren't his? He is eminently quotable.

Here is what I believe to be a complete list of his non-fiction books.
posted by Currer Belfry at 8:52 AM on January 20, 2012

that would be "Gerald," not "Gerard." :-)
posted by Currer Belfry at 8:53 AM on January 20, 2012

So, you're sure it's not something like "Psychology of Computer Programming" (1971) or "General Systems Thinking" (1975) by Gerald M. Weinberg?

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posted by mhum at 9:03 AM on January 20, 2012

Thanks for the list, Currer Belfry. I used Amazon to see about Mr. Weiberg's oldest book and it was 1988. Looking at his older (out of print) books, though, shows what I believe to be the correct tome so it's now a matter of finding the darned thing! It is, I think, The Psychology of Computer Programming or General Systems Thinking, as mhum mentions.

And yes, it's Gerald. Thanks for pointing out the typo - of only there were a way for me to fix it so future searchers would find it. (grin)

(Sorry for the delay. Local system had a hiccup.)
posted by Man with Lantern at 9:15 AM on January 20, 2012

Well, both of those books have been reprinted in "Silver Anniversary" editions and are currently in-stock at Amazon. Also, it looks like original editions are available at alibris.com.
posted by mhum at 10:39 AM on January 20, 2012

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