I usually only write about books that I think are good and this is definitely not a good book. But the idea to describe the development of programming and our interaction with computers over history is a great idea. And the title is so good that people interested in the idea probably will pick it up, my suggestion is to ignore the book and start writing something.
To be honest I think the book was more an idea for a book that needed an introduction (the programmed universe in the last chapter). When Neal begun to write he became fascinated by his own history and forgot that he really did not have anything to say for those of us that are not interested in his personal (and often incorrect) recollection of things.
I hope his fictions are better researched that this book, if it is something I expect of an author it is that they should do their research and not just improvise.
As inspiration for the kind of book that carry the kind of title as Neal’s I suggest the Victorian internet by Tom Standage and the movie Hackers Wanted, by Sam Bozzo, (I think Sam's movie is still only available on BitTorrent). If Tom and Sam came together I think we could get the ultimate story…
PS It is only and article about Sam and his relation to BitTorrent but it is so interesting that I thought I could provide a link as an initial alternative to reading the book that you might have googled for and arrived here... ;) Here is the link to the article in Torrentfreak. If anyone downloads anything by Sam Bozzo from a source where you don't pay I hope you will go to his webpage send him money so can keep up the good work.