Content tagged with "tech"

The 21st-Century Intranet
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July 24, 2016
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“This book was recommended by a friend as ‘the greatest book ever on intranet governance.’ I was a little skeptical, seeing as it was 18 years old, but I did internet history so I took a chance on it….”

A/B Testing: The Most Powerful Way to Turn Clicks Into Customers
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March 16, 2022
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“A good overall discussion of A/B testing. More strategic than tactical – this is a book to convince executives to try experimentation, not for marketers to apply it. (Disclaimer: it was written by the…”

The Age of Intent: Using Artificial Intelligence to Deliver a Superior Customer Experience
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November 5, 2019
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“An okay overview. I think I was looking for more of an in-depth title that got down into specifics of how a chatbot services might work, but perhaps that’s a different book. This is a very promotional…”

The Art of SaaS
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December 3, 2017
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“An extremely short book that’s almost militant in its espousal of the SaaS mindset. It works as a sort of primer for people used to some other paradigm of software delivery to ‘re-program’ them into a…”

Cloud Computing
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February 2, 2017
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“Solid book. Straddles the line between the technical and business aspects.”

The Cold Start Problem
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June 23, 2022
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“This is one of those books that I feel like you should read in a group. You should study discuss every chapter. There’s just so much here. The book is about products that require ‘network effects’ to…”

The Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underworld
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June 18, 2016
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“So, this book didn’t teach me anything new, but it was interesting, and had some good information about early Internet history, which I appreciate. The book has a chapter on each of a variety of…”

The DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, and Security in Technology Organizations
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November 25, 2018
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“A very complete look at all the steps necessary to manage devops in a software shop. I’m giving this five stars, even though some of it was lost on me, because it’s exactly what it purported to be: a…”

Digital Methods
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December 28, 2019
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“This book offers up the premise that the Internet has enabled new methods of original research (new ‘digital methods’) that didn’t exist before. Things like link analysis, search engine indexing…”

Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations
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January 4, 2014
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“I did not write a review for this book.”

The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation
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April 8, 2015
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“A solid history of Bell Labs. Interesting, but a bit tedious. It’s astonishing how much stuff was invented there – it puts Xerox PARC to shame, really. The transistor? Wow. Meticulously…”

The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
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November 1, 2014
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“Amazingly wonderful book on the history of the digital age, all the way from Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage through to Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Wonderfully written, always engrossing. It begins…”

Just Enough Research
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April 8, 2022
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“I did not write a review for this book.”

Kill It with Fire: Manage Aging Computer Systems (and Future Proof Modern Ones)
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August 7, 2021
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“Not what I expected. I thought I was getting a technical book with literal strategies for managing and migrating legacy systems. Instead, the book spends a lot of time on organizational politics,…”

Managing Chaos: Digital Governance by Design
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June 27, 2016
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“This is a solid book about larger scale digital governance. I say ‘larger scale’ because it’s primarily about how to get order at the higher-levels – C-level, VP level, and steering committee level….”

Mindless: Why Smarter Machines are Making Dumber Humans
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February 17, 2016
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“This book is scattered. The author doesn’t build on a single case, but shotguns all sorts of things at the reader. Additionally, it gets very confused with the author’s desire to discuss workers…”

The Myth of the Paperless Office
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October 17, 2016
31

“I did not write a review for this book.”

The New Edge in Knowledge: How Knowledge Management Is Changing the Way We Do Business
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December 22, 2019
140

“I was going to rate this book even lower, because it was just stratospheric in scope – it was so high-level as to be basically useless. There was just nothing at all tactical here; it was full of…”

Off-The-Shelf IT Solutions: A practitioner's guide to selection and procurement
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February 19, 2017
34

“I did not write a review for this book.”

Overcomplicated: Technology at the Limits of Comprehension
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October 13, 2018
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“A short but wonderful book about how we perceive complex systems and some techniques for understanding them better.”

Philosophical Engineering: Toward a Philosophy of the Web
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January 15, 2021
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“I tried to understand this, but it went so, so far over my head. I’ve been working on the web for 25 years. I have a minor in philosophy. Neither of those things helped. I got about halfway through it…”

Platform Revolution: How Networked Markets Are Transforming the Economy--and How to Make Them Work for You
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July 29, 2019
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“A book about the rise of ‘platforms’ – systems that don’t do anything except connect other people. Think AirBnB, Facebook, Uber, etc. A good look at all the challenges, especially things like network…”

The Road Ahead
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December 4, 2020
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“This book was written 25 years ago, in 1995, right on the cusp of the Internet as we know it today. Bill Gates was the CEO of Microsoft at the time, and this book was really meant to be an look at the…”

Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers
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November 8, 2020
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“This is a story of a bunch of hacks, which the author has strung together. The claim is that NotPetya, WannaCry, the Korean Olympic hack, etc. were all the work of the same organization – a Russian…”

The Soul of a New Machine
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October 5, 2019
101

“Honestly, I just didn’t get it. This book was described in near-mythical terms, but it seemed tedious to me. Maybe I’m just not used to hardware design, or I’m not an engineer anymore – I don’t know…”

The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-line Pioneers
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December 12, 2019
99

“A wonderful history of the telegraph which proves that all of the ‘novel’ problems the Internet brought about actually happened 150 years earlier. Standage pays social attention to the societal…”

We Are Bellingcat: Global Crime, Online Sleuths, and the Bold Future of News
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June 8, 2021
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“Bellingcat is a ‘open source intelligence’ cooperative. It’s a group of people who surf the internet to find evidence of crimes. They made their name during the Syrian conflict. They would scour…”

We Are The Nerds: The Birth and Tumultuous Life of Reddit, the Internet's Culture Laboratory
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March 10, 2019
279

“Wonderfully complete history of Reddit, from the childhood lives of founders Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman, through the (ultimately tragic) life of Aaron Swartz. The book has short chapters, and is…”

What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry
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July 6, 2015
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“The title promised a discussion about how the 60s ‘shaped’ the personal computer industry, but I just didn’t see it. The book is a history of technology and how the seminal figures of that period…”

Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet
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June 1, 2014
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“This book is good if you want a long, detailed history of the ARPANET, the direct predecessor to the Internet. For that, it’s fascinating. That said, it’s not a casual reader. I’m neck-deep in the…”