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    No one should ever read this book cover to cover. That would be just silly.

    I actually did exactly that last Sommer and I intend to do it again the next one.

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      Wow, that’s awesome. May I ask why you did that? The book is so sprawling.

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        No particular reason, I’m just interested in everything. I work as sysadmin full time and, not having a formal education, I feel like I have a lot to catch up on. I will probably never use many of the technologies described in the book, but it’s just good to know they exist and what they are for in case I need them someday. Also, knowing more about the infrastructure behind the stuff that I use everyday makes me a better user I think. That said, I admit I have skipped some section here and there :)

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      It would be cool to have technical book review gatherings and recommendations. I’d enjoy that.

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        Would be super fun. Have been part of these informally in the past, including reading Godel, Escher, Bach.

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          Oh man I’ve been trying to finish GEB for years now. Such a struggle to push through.

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        I remember an earlier edition of this book (UNIX System Administration Handbook) well - along with UNIX Power Tools they provided the early foundation of my UNIX knowledge.

        Wow, I didn’t realise that co-author Evi Nemeth is missing at sea.

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          Yeah the fourth edition was one of my first (maybe first) UNIX books and it was so much fun to read through. I could just open it up at some random page and every time I would learn something interesting.