books

A 3-post collection

2018 What I've Read

What a year. My family moved from Cupertino to San Jose, where we purchased a new home (don't even get me started on housing prices). I started in a new role at ServiceNow in Customer Success and Deb took on a new position at Cisco. My son started 2nd grade in a new school, which has helped him immensily, though I worry that this is now his 3rd school in his young life (I was in 9 schools by the 9th grade). We're staying put for the forseeable future. As I reflect on 2018, I spent a lot less time reading, something I truly missed. In reviewing the books I read this year (9 titles, down 60% from the 22...

2017 - What I've Read

2017 found my family and I finally settled, if a bit temporarily, in our new home in Cupertino, CA. We're renting and that will be the next major milestone we cross (buying a home). My son started First Grade, my wife continued her position at Cisco, and I'm still enjoying my position at ServiceNow (though I started a new role in 2018). In reviewing the books I read this year (22 titles), they were broken down in the following broad genres: Entertainment - 41% (down from 55%) Non-fiction - 27% (up from 15%) Computing - 5% (down from 15%) Biographies - 18% (up from 7.5%) Self-improvement - 9% (up from 7.5%) In my last What I've Read post,...

Inexpensive eBooks from O'Reilly Media

I love eBooks.  I’m not actually sure the last time I purchased a physical, paper book.  If I have recently purchased one, then it was a Computer Reference book of some type.  Most likely it was a Cisco Press, O’Reilly “animal” book, or any one of a number of technical books and programming manuals.  Over the years, I’ve purchased close to 50 O’Reilly “animal” books, with multiple copies of the “Camel” book (Perl Programming) being purchased.  A programmer always wants to have the latest copy of a reference guide, because the languages develop so quickly.  Same thing goes for a Network Engineer (I’m one of those too), or a Security Specialist (ditto). I figured out...