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Revue de presse

Utterly engrossing. The year's most original and stimulating 'travel' book. Even the most geek-wary of readers will enjoy (Independent, Book of the Week)

Entertaining and illuminating. Excels at rooting the Internet in real-world locations. Full of memorable images that make its complex architecture easier to comprehend (Observer)

An engaging reminder that, cyber-Utopianism aside, the Internet is as much a thing of flesh and steel as any industrial-age lumber mill or factory ... An excellent introduction to the nuts and bolts of how exactly it all works and a timely antidote to oft-repeated abstractions about "cyberspace" or "cloud computing" (Economist)

Makes hard-to-grasp concepts easy to understand, even obvious. The history, in particular, is one of the best and most memorable I have ever read (New Scientist)

A Quixotic and winning book with a knack for bundling packets of data into memorable observations. This valuable book leaves you with its share of unsettling visions, but there are comic ones too (The New York Times)

For a full understanding of the Internet on every level, this book is a must-read (Techzone)

A great, playful, wondrous read (ArsTechnica)

Blum is perhaps the millennial generation's John McPhee, chronicling an arcane journey of deep relevance to everyday life. For non-techies, the book is a very accessible revelation (Forbes)

All too awesome to behold. Andrew Blum's fascinating book demystifies the earthly geography of this most ethereal terra incognita (Joshua Foer, author of Moonwalking with Einstein)

A brilliantly smart idea executed with investigative skill and flair. Readers will never send an email so carelessly again. (Independent Books of the Year)

Compelling and profound. You will never open an e-mail in quite the same way again (Tom Vanderbilt, author of the New York Times bestseller Traffic)

One of our best writers. A compelling story of an altogether new realm where the virtual world meets the physical (Paul Goldberger, Pulitzer Prize-winning New Yorker critic)

The Internet really IS a series of tubes! Who knew? (David Pogue, Technology Editor of The New York Times)

At once funny, prosaic, sinister and wise, Blum's tale is a beautifully written account of the true human cost of all our remote connectivity (Bella Bathurst, author of The Lighthouse Stevensons)

With infectious wonder, Andrew Blum introduces us to the Internet's geeky wizards and takes us on an amiably guided tour of the world they've created ... the Internet that Blum's beautifully lucid prose makes real turns out to be if anything a more marvelous place than the cloudy dreamland we'd imagined (Donovan Hohn, author of Moby Duck)

An illuminating journey of discovery (Sunday Express)

Total immersive reading (The Wharf)

Quatrième de couverture

Design Observer Best Book of the Year

Tubes looks behind the scenes of our digital lives at the physical heart of the Internet itself. This is a book about real places on the map: their sounds and smells, their storied pasts, their physical details, and the people who live there. Sharing tales of his on-the-ground reporting, along with lucid explanations about how the Internet works, Blum's eye-opening travelogue offers a unique perspective on the role of technology in our lives.

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  • Broché: 304 pages
  • Editeur : Penguin (7 mars 2013)
  • Collection : VIKING NFIC PB
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 014104909X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141049090
  • Dimensions du produit: 12,9 x 1,8 x 19,8 cm
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1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Philippa DeLaunay sur 13 janvier 2013
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Cette histoire, de la création physique de l'Internet--les câbles, les boîtes, les fibres optiques, les centrales, le métal, les lieux physique de part et d'autre de la planète est fascinante, surprenante.... et le livre est très bien écrit. On sent quelqu'un de très intelligent, de très curieux, qui nous aide à découvrir l'Internet des "vis et boulons" en le suivant dans ses recherches.
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1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Enselo sur 27 décembre 2012
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Cet ouvrage est une enquête sur le fonctionnement de l'internet. Si le terme de Cloud fait les titres aujourd'hui, internet n'est en réalité pas dématérialisé. Il se construit sur un maillage de tubes au niveau mondial.
Andrew Blum construit son enquête judicieusement et vulgarise au maximum.
Il est dommage qu'aucune traduction française ne soit encore sortie.
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Very interesting. Tells you everything about the "real" side of the Internet.
The book however could be must shorter if the author was not as talkative ;-)
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The Real Deal, from the Real Guys 29 mai 2012
Par Daniel Golding - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I sit, writing this review, in my darkened office in an Internet data center, in Ashburn, VA, the hub described in Tubes. I build these things for a living, and, when my time on this planet is up, I'll be able to say, with some great satisfaction, that I was part of the small army that built the "plumbing" of the Internet - data centers, fiber, DWDM terminals, regen sites, routers, switches. The guts, not the pretty developer work.

From that point of view, I must strongly endorse Tubes by Andrew Blum. I first met Andrew at a meeting of core Internet architects - his intellectual curiosity was striking. He sat in our meetings, went to our bars, listened to our bad stories. Andrew is an excellent writer who talked to the real guys (and girls) who built the Internet. Not an early research network, or an NSF/DOD project, or some web page or search engine - the REAL Internet.

If you want to know how it really fits together, how the Internet really works, read this book. If you are an aspiring network engineer - you must read this book, to really learn something about what you claim to know. If you are a layman - this book will give you an appreciation of the real Internet - behind the glitzy Flash, the addictive MMOs, the electronic storefronts, the content delivery networks - the Tubes. Now, I have to go back and feed the beast. Read the book - this is what Where Wizards Stay Up Late should have been and was not.
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Mostly will appeal to the alpha geeks... 6 juin 2012
Par 35-year Technology Consumer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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..."The Internet" (as most of us have come to understand its popular rise in our consciousness over a generation) has been described with many metaphors: clouds, tubes, webs (as well as Arthur C. Clark's broad category of magic for any sufficiently advanced technology).

"Tubes" doesn't really create new ground in sustaining or refuting any of these concepts. Instead, it captures the physicality behind the magic that delivers all those digital pieces to us through and examination of how the physical layer of the Internet grew.

After a squirrel-induced outage at at his Brooklyn home, Andrew Blum set out to expand the trace of wires behind his furniture, and see where all that data came from. The result of his findings are here, and he presents us with insider looks at the following:
-The physical parts of the network that grew by chance in its early days
-The physical parts of the network that grew by design as it matured
-The physical parts of the network where data moves and where data rests.

The results: detailed descriptions of the large centers where the connections of large backbone providers intersect and move data, tours of some of the places where undersea cables emerge from the depths to tie continents together digitally, and visits to the one of the factory analogs of the Information Age: the data centers that some increasingly trust more than they trust their own local storage options.

I've had my own experiences visiting facilities like these, and it's quite an accomplishment to get a book-length treatment of them. How much can you write about servers, switches, hubs, routers and cable runs? As it turns out, a lot, and Blum does so in an engaging and accessible way.

This book may not appeal to the general reader, but it will appeal to those who appreciate the kind of infrastructure we often take for granted. If you appreciate modern roads, modern sewage systems, clean drinking water delivered to your tap and a reliable supply of electricity --and have more than a passing interest in how any of these things became available to us-- then you will probably enjoy this book. When it comes to computers, computing and understanding the connectivity made possible by the Internet, most homes have their alpha geek...and that's who will most enjoy this book.
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Interesting, But Definitely For Techies 5 mai 2012
Par Reader from Washington, DC - Publié sur Amazon.com
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After a squirrel living in his backyard chewed through wiring connecting his computer to the internet, journalist Andrew Blum became curious -- where, he asked himself, do all the computers, cables and routers 'live' that physically power the internet? And who runs the companies that maintain them?

This question was covered years ago in a series of fascinating Wired magazine articles written by novelist Bruce Sterling, so I was eager to read Blum's account. Blum traveled from one city to another, looking at inconspicuous office buildings filled with equipment, talking to executives about underwater ocean cables that are thousands of miles long, and tries to give the reader a series of mental pictures of how the internet actually 'works.'

The book is interesting, but his efforts to draw word pictures of complex equipment, how the internet functions, and the engineers who maintain it are somewhat rambling and disorderly, and he assumes a level of knowledge on the reader's part of things like internet IP addresses.

If I weren't a bit of a techie, I would have given up after the first 10 pages. This type of subject cries out for tight vignettes and colorful prose.

I think techies like myself will like it, but the average reader will be bewildered or bored.You do need to be a bit of a geek to understand the book.
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Interesting, even if it's pretty complex 14 mai 2012
Par DDC - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Tubes is a interesting book about a subject most people (me included) never consider: what exactly is beyond the screen in front of us? In answering this question, the author takes you all over the virtual and physical world. It is written as a journey of discovery: both on the subject and, to a lesser extent, of the author's personal feelings.

As other reviewers have noted, this book presents some complex IT concepts. They are well explained, but it's easy to get lost here and there. Even when you get lost, it doesn't detract of the overall story and learning experience. For the most part, everything is well explained and you don't need any specific background before reading this book.

The author has a nice writing style and the prose flows well. I don't think the author achieved the kind of casual brilliance of Malcolm Gladwell (Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking) or Michael Lewis (The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine), but this isn't a criticism. To the contrary, the fact I compared them speaks volumes about the author's writing and I thought he was pretty close to them at times.

This book is perfect for people interested in: engineering/IT, modern history, and urban archeology. I have included urban archeology because the book really delves into all the places you've never heard about or walked by and never thought about; for me, this was the best part of the Tubes. I recommend this book.
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Too much padding 25 août 2012
Par bmbower - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This should have been a ten or even twenty thousand word article in Harper's, the New Yorker, or even Wired or National Geographic. As a book, it is sixty percent padding. It is repetitious and spends far too much time in the author's head, as he attempts to create high expectations for payouts that end up being large rooms with servers.

The result is rambling bore. The author is lazy when using similes to describe aspects of the Internet, many just enough off to be annoying, such as describing the act of connecting networks "as dancers around a maypole." For some, the author admits they are not quite right - which begs the question: why didn't he spend a bit more time finding ones that work? He also over relies on asking questions and engaging in superficial philosophizing about what it all means, making grand statements about the limitations of language, such as "I realized that the words we use to describe 'telecommunications' don't do justice to their current relevance to our lives." Well, neither do words describing "air" and "water." He is constantly telling us how mysterious it all is, as the travelogues and exchanges themselves don't quite do the trick. And there are no diagrams, maps, or pictures to help illustrate the connections (probably because it would have obviated the need for 40-50 thousand words).

There are gems buried in all the rubble. The description of how networks exist within networks was interesting, as was the introduction to peering and the issue of speed as a matter of professional pride. I wanted the scene where they splice open an undersea cable to make repairs to go on for a few more pages. And the energy consumption data on data centers and how data center locations are chosen are engaging. But these do not redeem the book. It simply tries to do too much with too little.
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