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I will be going on a holiday without taking my laptop. I would like to take a book with me to improve my way of thinking on programming and/or hacking, but which doesn't require me trying out stuff on a computer every few pages.

In other words: I'm looking for a book that's fun to read, not one with dry logic and programming examples.

Any suggestions?

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That would be difficult because most books like that are reference books.

They Will Say Something like "Enter "HAKBOX -c" into the command line. What does it say. Now Type "STEALPASSWD -c " After the -c enter the text the previous commands gave you"

You need to be at a computer to use most of them.

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if you have the slightest interest in learning ruby, read "Why's Poignant Guide to Ruby" which is availible online for free, just google it.

peace.

I was interested in learning Ruby, I have read that book, and it's a great example of a book I'm looking for! Really funny and not a "do this exercise before continuing reading"-book.

But I'm looking for one of those old school books made of paper ;)

I am particularly interested in books focussing on changing your perspective -- way of thinking -- on programming. I need something for inbetween my "The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore" and my zillionth re-read of "Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution"!

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Sockets, Shellcode, Porting, and Coding - Syngress

http://www.amazon.com/Sockets-Shellcode-Po...9303&sr=8-3

This book contains programming examples, but they're not required to understand what is going on. I've read this, and found it to be a nice reference book after you've read it.

Reversing: The Secrets of Reverse Engineering - Wiley

http://www.amazon.com/Reversing-Secrets-En...9348&sr=1-1

This is a good book on the theory behind reverse engineering.

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Yeah, you could try reading Kevin Mitnick's first book, although when I tried to read it I didn't think it was that good and couldn't be bothered to finish it.

Haha, the "Art of deception"-book? Same story here. I kinda liked the examples, but this is something I'd never use myself and I just got bored with it halfway through the book.

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