I first learned about Linux because in the late 90s someone in the Star Trek IRC role-playing group I was in at the time (we called it 'simming' actually) had *slaps <name> around with a Linux manual* bound to an mIRC alias to replace the classic *slaps <name> around with a large Trout*

I previously had learned about Unix from reading The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams, which my dad bought upon its release in 1996 and I did not understand but I liked when the dog and cat were in it.

Other books my dad bought during my childhood that I read despite not understanding.

The Road Ahead by Bill Gates
Politika by Tom Clancy
I'm Good Enough, I'm Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me! by Al Franken
Shogun by James Clavell
Wobegon Boy by Garrison Keillor
The Taming of the Screw by Dave Barry

The Taming of the Screw was the first of many many many MANY Dave Barry books I read, but it was the one I understood the least, as the subject was home maintenance and repair.

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I actually have a copy of it here that I bought used a few months back when @prophet_goddess was posting about heat pumps (and then I completely forgot I had it)

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