What books did you read this year, and of them, which would you recommend (or recommend against)?
(I’m compiling my reading list for 2017, and I’m curious what other Lobsters(?) read this year that I might have missed.)
Turn The Ship Around was one, and I thoroughly recommend it. Very good!
Getting Things Done was a horrible read, but good advice. I’m currently trying to implement the workflow with Org mode in Emacs.
The Prefect by Alastair Raynolds is a thoroughly enjoyable sci fi romp.
Revelation Space, also by Alastair Reynolds, is also great.
The Mote in God’s Eye By Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle was interesting, as was the sequel The Gripping Hand.
The Legacy Of Heorot, by Niven et. al was a chilling space colony foundation tale.
The Martian. Just excellent.
Fleet of Worlds and Juggler of Worlds by Niven & Lerner. Both ace books.
I also read a bunch of old Niven whose titles evade my memory. The Hammer? The Fleet of Worlds (A friend gave me a big box of Niven and Raynolds books, which is why I’ve read so many of those.)
Effective Debugging - Excellent light read
The Fifth Discipline - this and design of design were very enlightening in terms of how groups interact and collaborate with each other personally & practically. I looked at it in the terms of a group around an open source project.
Design of Design - I first heard about this book through PHK when he mentioned it in A Generation Lost in the Bazaar it made me realise how much information is lost through not being recorded and the impact of that down the line when investigating a problem. Made me appreciate what some communities have like PSARC from the Solaris>OpenSolaris>Illumos camp. History is important y'all! :)
An Oral History of Unix - Transcripts from a series of interviews with the insane chown posse at Bell Labs.
Currently reading the first edition of Advanced Programming in the Unix Environment, I’m reading the first edition because I’m interested in reading it how Stevens put it down before moving to the current edition to see what’s changed (in writing style)
Made me appreciate what some communities have like PSARC from the Solaris>OpenSolaris>Illumos camp.
Too bad the Solaris cases (from both periods where it was closed source) are missing.
Ignoring the link I supplied, I thought they were published, when I wrote the previous post I was trying to find the Illumos repo but didn’t come across it. Bryan Cantrill mentioned the availability of the PSARC cases in a blog post earlier this year?
This is the archive in intended to link to it was mentioned in the following blog post
As you can see, the vast majority of PSARC cases are unpublished. It’s just a list of titles.
I also read a bunch of short stories from various authors, I just cant remember the titles right now.
Cryptonomicon I actually picked this up on an Audible credit as I wanted to read it for some time, but have had less success lately with reading a paper book than I’d like to admit. Plus audio books are fun!!! Great listen/read. 5/5 will continue to consume this genre of fiction.
Elon Musk: Tesla, etc… biography Great, fairly quick read. Inspiring and insightful but nothing especially astounding. Just a good read.
The Unix Administrator’s Handbook not so much read but cuddled with and learned from and grew with. A true friend, indeed.
Anansi Boys Mmmm.. Neil, at it again. Tore through it in a few afternoons. Highly recommended, just read it.
A Game of Thrones ASOIAF Yes, a long time coming. Lots of road-trip time to burn through this amazing fantasy novel, and give some context to the show.
2001: A Space Odyssey – also long overdue but a good read on a business trip in early 2016.
The Docker Book - Deep dive into Docker… I feel much more comfortable now that I have a fundamental and working knowledge! Great handbook.
Testing Rails Another toolkit-specific guidebook that I highly suggest for those trying to get a grasp on BDD/TDD with Rails or in general!
Beyond that, I started a new company and spent my first year entirely self-employed. It’s been a weird year, but personally I’ve probably grown more than ever.
The ASOIAF links to Google. And congrats on your company!
2016.01.14 James Gleick ISAAC NEWTON
2016.01.14 James Gleick GENIUS
2016.01.26 Ashlee Vance ELON MUSK
2016.01.26 William Gibson THE PERIPHERAL
2016.01.27 Thomas Pynchon THE CRYING OF LOT 49
2016.01.27 Don DeLillo WHITE NOISE
2016.02.03 Tom Clancy THE TEETH OF THE TIGER
2016.02.12 Tom Robbins FIERCE INVALIDS HOME FROM HOT CLIMATES
2016.02.12 Tom Clancy DEAD OR ALIVE
2016.03.07 Peter L. Burgen MANHUNT
2016.03.05 Fred Kaplan DARK TERRITORY
2016.03.11 Glenn Greenwald NO PLACE TO HIDE
2016.03.11 Tom Clancy LOCKED ON
2016.03.15 Jon Gertner THE IDEA FACTORY: BELL LABS AND THE GREAT AGE OF AMERICAN INNOVATION ISBN-13 978-0143122791
2016.03.21 Kevin Poulsen KINGPIN
2016.03.21 Tim Weiner LEGACY OF ASHES
2016.03.21 Steve Wozniak iWoz
2016.04.01 Gene Wentz MEN IN GREEN FACES
2016.05.04 Claudia Gray STAR WARS: BLOODLINE
2016.05.05 Bill Grimes THE HISTORY OF BIG SAFARI
2016.05.xx Tom Clancy THREAT VECTOR
2016.06.06 Tom Clancy COMMAND AUTHORITY
2016.06.06 Eric Prince CIVILLIAN WARRIORS
2016.07.25 Vernor Vinge RAINBOWS END
2016.07.26 Paul A. Suhler FROM RAINBOW TO GUSTO
2016.07.27 William Gibson THE PERIPHERAL
2016.08.08 Philip K Dick DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP
2016.08.11 William Gibson DISTRUST THAT PARTICULAR FLAVOR
2016.09.06 Philip K Dick VALIS
2016.09.06 Philip K Dick RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH
2016.10.xx Philip K Dick THE TRANSMIGRATION OF TIMOTHY ARCHER
2016.10.xx Philip K Dick A SCANNER DARKLY
2016.10.10 Henry Miller TROPIC OF CAPRICORN
2016.10.11 Philip K Dick MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE
2016.10.xx Mark Lucas, Alan Jude FREEBSD MASTERY: ZFS
2016.10.xx Dave Sill QMAIL
2016.10.xx Paul M. Sammon FUTURE NOIR: THE MAKING OF BLADE RUNNER
2016.11.xx Robert A. Heinlein REVOLT IN 2100
2016.11.xx Robert A. Heinlein TIME ENOUGH FOR LOVE
2016.12.05 Masha Gessen THE MAN WITHOUT A FACE
2016.12.xx Philip Roth THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA
On the technical side:
On the non-technical side:
Books and papers written in english:
27.12.2016; The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind; William Kamkwamba; 270; eng .epub; 9780061730320; Internet
16.12.2016; A closed and common orbit; Becky Chambers; 365; eng. epub; 978-0-062569424; Internet
10.10.2016; Zero point; Neal Asher; 564; eng. epub; 9780230750708; Internet
29.09.2016; The operating system: should there be one?; Stephen Kell; 7; eng. pdf; ; Internet
13.09.2016; The Improvement of Human Reason Exhibited in the Life of Hai Ebn Yokdhan; Ibn Tufail; 222; eng. epub; ; archive.org
05.09.2016; The Departure; Neal Asher; 498; eng. epub; 978-0-230-76170-4; Internet
29.08.2016; Eccentric Orbits: The Iridium Story; John Bloom; 537; Kniha v angličtině; 9780802121684; Zakoupená
25.08.2016; War factory; Neal Asher; 454; eng. epub; 9781597808347; Internet
24.07.2016; Rule 34; Charles Stross; 358; .epub; 9781841497730; Internet
06.07.2016; Planetary; Warren Ellis; 26x24; Komix; ; Internet
30.06.2016; Self; David Ungar, Randall B. Smith; 50; eng. pdf; ; bibliography.selflanguage.org
24.06.2016; A Simple and Unifying Approach to Subjective Objects; Randall B. Smith, David Ungar; eng. pdf; 27; ; bibliography.selflanguage.org
23.06.2016; Programming as an Experience: The Inspiration for Self; Randal B. Smith, David Ungar; 28; eng. pdf; ; bibliography.selflanguage.org
22.06.2016; self includes: Smalltalk; Mario Wolczko; 14; eng. pdf; ; bibliography.selflanguage.org
22.06.2016; The Self-4.0 User Interface: Manifesting a System-wide Vision of Concretness, Uniformity, and Flexibility; Randall B. Smith, John Maloney, David Ungar; 14; eng. pdf; ; bibliography.selflanguage.org
22.06.2016; Constructing a Metacircular Virtual Machine in an Exploratory Programming Environment; David Ungar, Adam Spitz, Alex Auch; 10; eng. pdf; ; bibliography.selflanguage.org
21.06.2016; Experiencing SELF Objects: An Object-Based Artificial Reality; Bay-Wei Chang, David Ungar; 12; eng. pdf; ; bibliography.selflanguage.org
21.06.2016; Getting Close to Objects: Object-Focused Programming Environments; Bay-Wei Chang, David Ungar, Randall B. Smith; 8; eng. pdf; ; bibliography.selflanguage.org
19.06.2016; Parents are Shared Parts of Objects: Inheritance and Encapsulation in SELF; Craig Chambers, David Ungar, Bay-Wei Chang, Urs Hölzle; 16; eng. pdf; ; bibliography.selflanguage.org
19.06.2016; Annotating Objects for Transport to Other Worlds; David Ungar; 15; eng. pdf; ; bibliography.selflanguage.org
19.06.2016; A Simple, Symmetric, Subjective Foundation for Object-, Aspect- and Context-Oriented Programming; Harold Ossher, David Ungar, Dough Kimelman; 4; eng .pdf; ; bibliography.selflanguage.org
19.06.2016; Mirrors: Design Principles for Meta-level Facilities of Object-Oriented Programming Languages; Gilad Bracha, David Ungar; 14; eng .pdf; ; bibliography.selflanguage.org
18.06.2016; Sifting Out the Gold; Ole Agesen, Davind Ungar; 16; eng. pdf; ; bibliography.selflanguage.org
04.06.2016; Unethical Research: How to Create a Malevolent Artificial Intelligence; Federico Pistono, Roman V. Yampolskiy; 7; eng. pdf; ; arxiv.org
27.05.2016; Attack of the Clones; James Noble, Brian Foote; 16; eng. pdf; ; bibliography.selflanguage.org
18.05.2016; Dark Intelligence; Neal Asher; 416; eng. epub; 9780230750722; Internet
10.05.2016; Organizing Programs Without Classes; David Ungar, Craig Chambers, Bay-wei Chang, Urs Hölzle; 20; eng. pdf; ; bibliography.selflanguage.org
10.05.2016; Animation: From Cartoons to the User Interface; Bay-Wei Chang, David Ungar; 11; eng. pdf; ; bibliography.selflanguage.org
06.05.2016; Directness and Liveness in the Morphic User Interface Construction Environment; John H. Maloney, Randall B. Smith; 8; eng. pdf; ; bibliography.selflanguage.org
03.05.2016; Self Handbook Documentation; Russel Allen; 150; Kniha v angličtině; ; lulu.com
02.05.2016; In the Mouth of the Whale; Paul McAuley; 352; eng .epub; 9780575100732; Internet
06.04.2016; The Soul of a New Machine; Tracy Kidder; 293; eng .epub; 978-0-316-20455-2; Internet
18.03.2016; Mechanicum; Graham McNeill; 416; eng .epub; 9781844166060; Internet
03.03.2016; Dreaming in code; Scott Rosenberg; 312; eng .epub; 978-0-307-38144-6; Internet
03.03.2016; SELF: The Power of Simplicity; David Ungar, Randal B. Smith; 20; eng .pdf; ; bibliography.selflanguage.org
25.02.2016; Seveneves; Neal Stephenson; 867; Kniha v angličtině; 978-0-00-813252-1; Zapůjčená
04.02.2016; Reamde; Neal Stephenson; 1044; Kniha v angličtině; 9781848874510; Dárek
The rest may be found here http://kitakitsune.org/raw/doctene_knihy.txt