"When you are wrestling for possession of a sword, the man with the handle always wins." Neal Stephenson in Snow Crash.
In addition to the many incredible books that Neal Stephenson has written, including Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, and the three novels in the Baroque Cycle, he has also written an essay called "In the beginning was the command line" that is available on the web. It is worth the read. There are also several web interviews: A Conversation With Neal Stephenson, Slashdot's Neal Stephenson Responds With Wit and Humor, and the Salon.com Interview.