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Ask Slashdot: What Books Have Had a Significant Impact On Your Life?

jimboindeutchland How about some useful books? (700 comments)

Well, I guess you need to find out what's important to you and then take it from there. I would recommend "The Personal MBA" by Josh Kaufman. Before you run away in terror, it's not really a business book. Sure, it covers some business topics, but not in great detail. The idea behind this book is to briefly outline most concepts and principles that you'll encounter in a business setting. Each "topic" is about 1 page long, covering principles ranging from sales, marketing and finance through to leadership, management, psychology and personal development. The end result is a basic overview of just about topic you may encounter in your career. Each topic has a number of references which can be followed if you desire. I found this book quite interesting because it gave me some insight into the what the psychopaths running the company I work for are trying to achieve. It also gave me a starting point to further investigate a number of other topics.

Read this book to find out what other books you need to read.

Apart from that, I would also recommend:
Team Geek - Fitzpatrick, Collins-Sussman (really good book!)
Rework - 37 Signals
Being Geek - Michael Lopp (a lot of fluff in this one though)
Lean Startup - Eric Ries (if you're thinking of going it alone)

more than 2 years ago

Google Shutting Out Rivals, Claims Russian Search Engine Yandex

jimboindeutchland How about... (170 comments)

...you build your own free web browser and set your search engine as the default? Google don't have a monopoly on the browser market. Heul doch.

more than 2 years ago

Camera Lets You Shift Focus After Shooting

jimboindeutchland Re:Lots of red flags, little tech (155 comments)

Actually, I think it's got less to do with the quality and more to do with actual usefulness.

Most professional photographers and many enthusiastic amateurs take photos that are going to end up being printed somewhere, be it a magazine, advert or just a picture on the wall. In that case, light fields aren't much help. Sure it could help you make sure your photos are tack sharp in post production, but most photographers with a bit of experience know how to do this anyway.

Another commenter said this will be good for facebook and I agree. Online is a great medium for these sorts of images(?) where people can click around the image and adjust the focus, although it could be used for evil as well as good, I'm sure. Once there are a few applications and codecs around for displaying these images I think it could really take off.

Well done to these guys for advancing the state of the art!

more than 3 years ago

Sony Sends DMCA Takedown Notice To GitHub

jimboindeutchland Re:Talk about a double standard (266 comments)

not trying to troll or anything. This is a serious attempt at being informative.

fubar = fucked up beyond all recognition (or something similar)
So the phrase "fubaring up my XP system by..." would be understood as "fucking up beyond all recognition up my XP system by..." which isn't quite correct. Please drop the extra "up".

Good luck with your future fubaring's.

about 4 years ago

Open Source-Friendly Smartphones For the Small Office?

jimboindeutchland Funambol (222 comments)

I'd recommend trying Funambol. It's an open source sync server that works with SyncML. You can set up the server pretty easily on one of your work stations. There are sync clients for Evolution and just about every mobile phone. It has some short comings in that it doesn't support every single field in the various data types (contacts, calendar, events, notes) but for most people it's good enough.

more than 4 years ago

Interactive Text Adventures Come To the Kindle

jimboindeutchland Re:Inventory (84 comments)

You have been eaten by a Grue

more than 4 years ago

Sony Breathes New Life Into Library Books

jimboindeutchland Re:I hope this dies on the vine. (374 comments)

For Christ's sake, why do you have to be so negative? How is this any different to normal library books? I think this is a great idea and could save a lot of people money especially when it comes to school/technical/reference books. It would probably kill the O'Reilly bookshelf.

I wish they'd start doing something like this but with music and movies. I know, it'll never happen.

more than 4 years ago

Browser-Based Jailbreak For iPhone 4 Released

jimboindeutchland Re:Apple Insider? Pah! (154 comments)

I just tried it too. I noticed a definite improvement in performance across all apps. The music app still takes forever to launch but it's better than it was with spotlight enabled. I don't think I've ever used spotlight on my iPod so disabling was a small price to pay for a bit of extra performance and probably better battery life.

I agree with everything you've said but your post makes it sound like disabling spotlight doesn't help at all which might discourage people from trying this hack.

more than 4 years ago

iPad Owners Are 'Selfish Elites'

jimboindeutchland Re:Attention Slashdot Users. (780 comments)

I own a Macbook Pro, an iPod Touch and use iTunes, you insensitive clod!

more than 4 years ago

Will Ballmer Be Replaced As Microsoft CEO?

jimboindeutchland Re:Are you serious? (342 comments)

from TFA:

After all, many of Ballmer's minions have their wealth tied up in Microsoft stock options and it is quite disconcerting for them to look at a 10-year chart that shows the company's share price of $48.93 when Ballmer took over in January 2000 now down to $25.12. (for the math-challenged, that's a nearly 50 percent loss in value over the last decade).

If you'd invested some money in MS shares 10 years ago you'd be able to sell them for half the amount today. If I was a shareholder I'd be furious. Generally you'd expect to make some (even minor) capital gain on a stock like MS over that period.

more than 4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Hits Technical Preview Milestone

jimboindeutchland Just checking... (195 comments)

I actually though most of it looked pretty good (in the cnet demo anyway) and I'd really like to see a bit of extra competition in this space.

But I just wanted to check: now that we all hate Apple, is it ok to like Microsoft stuff now?

more than 4 years ago

Consumer Reports Can't Recommend iPhone 4

jimboindeutchland Re:With such a simple solution at hand.. (507 comments)

I actually think they didn't go down that road because it would require admitting there is a problem and then having to take whatever legal heat comes along with that. There's this class action suit pending and giving out bumpers is pretty much an admission of guilt.

more than 4 years ago

Colleges Risk Losing Federal Funding If They Don't Fight Piracy

jimboindeutchland Re:A better method (285 comments)

why should ALL students get charged for something that not all students are taking part in?

And why should a college have to choose between either spending money on enforcing someone else's copyrights or losing federal funding. Colleges aren't the only place where this goes on. This won't benefit anyone.

more than 4 years ago

Visual Network Simulator To Teach Basic Networking?

jimboindeutchland Re:Cisco Packet Tracer (138 comments)

I also had Chris McDonald as a lecturer when I was at UWA several years ago and he was by far the best lecturer that I had in my time there. Just about everyone that took one of his courses would comment on how interesting and relevant his classes were. I'm not at all surprised speedwaystar is making the same comment.

Although, it is a bit of a brown noser comment...

more than 4 years ago

German High Court Declares All Software Patentable

jimboindeutchland Re:Is it possible (330 comments)

It probably is, however, it might already be patented in Austria since that's where the Wiener Schnitzel was invented. Also the Wiener sausage.

Wien is the capital of Austria. It's called Vienna in English.

more than 4 years ago

Rupert Murdoch Hates Google, Loves the iPad

jimboindeutchland Re:Suggestion for Rupert (412 comments)

Many people comment that Newscorp should be using robots.txt to stop Google from crawling their content, however, I think this is a little naive.

The beef that Murdoch has with Google isn't that Google is crawling their sites and providing search results, but that Google is aggregating their articles on Google News. Newscorp probably DOES want Google to crawl their site so people can search for news about the topic of the day and find it - hence the permissive robots.txt.

However, providing the headline and a decent chunk of the article probably cuts down a lot of the traffic that news websites would get if Google News was not there. This in turn reduces add revenue which is how a lot of news sites make their money.

I'm not saying I give a shit that the news sites are losing money. I'm just trying to offer some perspective.

more than 4 years ago



Microsoft Makes $44.6 Billion Bid for Yahoo

jimboindeutchland jimboindeutchland writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jimboindeutchland writes "CNBC are running one of the many stories about Microsoft's hostile takeover bid for Yahoo!

Microsoft said Friday it offered to buy Internet media giant Yahoo for $44.6 billion in stock and cash, in an attempt to boost Microsoft's presence in the online services market. Both Microsoft and Yahoo have been struggling to compete with Google, and have fallen behind in the race for online advertising dollars.
MS Exec Steve Balmer went on to say:

We have great respect for Yahoo, and together we can offer an increasingly exciting set of solutions for consumers, publishers and advertisers while becoming better positioned to compete in the online services market
I don't remember Microsoft having respect for any company it "embraced". Microsoft's press release has more details."

OS X: Still not supporting Java 6!

jimboindeutchland jimboindeutchland writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jimboindeutchland writes "After almost a year of waiting and with the impending release of Leopard, many OS X Java developers were hoping Java 6 would finally make it's way into the OS. However, as one blogger laments: "No matter if you got it at the store last night, delivered by FedEx, or via download as part of your ADC subscription, the official Gold Master release (9A581) does not contain the long awaited Java 6 Runtime." ... "Apple updated the Java version in OS X v10.5 from 1.5.0_07 to 1.5.0_13 but Java 6 is nowhere to be found in Leopard nor anywhere on Apple's website. Previously available Java 1.6 developer preview releases also have been removed and don't seem to be available at this time."
As a Java developer on Macintosh, one has to ask himself what the future holds. Some have also asked: Where's the love?!?"

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