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The Martian
The Martian
by Andy Weir
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 6.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 12 Jun 2014
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My most enjoyable read since Michael Crichton passed away. Difficult to put down, compelling story line throughout. It's stellar reputation among the tech community on the US West Coast thoroughly deserved.

The Mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
The Mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 29 April 2014
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A compelling read. Still wondering why the Malaysian Govt were so slow to release useful information on many occasions, and why the transcript of relayed Vietnamese ATC instructions has never been released by Vietnam. But fascinating and instructional throughout, and thoroughly recommended.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book - Fascinating and Disturbing at the same time!, 6 Mar 2014
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I received the book on my iPad Mini Kindle App the day of release and read through it in two (very long!) sittings.

The impression reading the book is that being the CEO both LoudCloud and Opsware was quite a job. It sounded like someone running over a field chasing a tractor trailer with tons of cash accelerating away, but pursued at the same time relentlessly by a Combine Harvester. And then finding a lot of running track between the two was littered with tripwire and sinking sand. In both cases, Ben made it to the tractor trailer – just – despite enormous challenges. Very impressive.

I can relate to the story of folks visiting him where two co-founders wanted to share all the decision making in their proposed business. The one thing I learnt indelibly from my own “Leadership and Followership” Management Training at Sandhurst was, that in any team setting, however ad-hoc, job #1 was picking one leader that everyone would defer to. So, while we were free to propose any action, the ultimate call was from that one person. And once they’d made that call, it was our job as a team to execute the decision made to the very best of our mutual ability.

There is a lot of truth in Business Books talking about “Peace Time” CEOs (which get written about all the time) and “War Time” CEOs (which rarely get mentioned). This book carried the first acknowledgement of the phenomenon i’ve seen outside the excellent writings of Simon Wardley (just wish his knowledge finally made it into book form). This will become key, as the world of Enterprise IT is going to descend into war type conditions for many vendors by this side of 2017.

The other thing that struck a cord was his coverage of hiring “older” folks to positions in a company. I went for 6 months trying to get interviews at the young age of 55, something that proved virtually impossible – this despite a long, successful track record of running large Software and Internet operations for Market Leading companies and always delivering my numbers. And of developing my employees, many of whom became regarded as “fast track talent”. He gives some excellent pros and cons for Managers in the text.

Ben reminds people that the chief advantage is “time”; while some tasks like engineering can be internally focussed, that there are several things that relationship networks and business building skills in an older candidate can deliver that truly make a difference between success and liquidation. So while HR and Management ageism is endemic (and it’s not controversial in any way to suggest that – it is a fact of life), it’s our job to point out areas where we can help any organisation.

In the meantime, Ben Horowitz has written a fantastic book. Lots to learn from. Very recommended.

The Bitcoin Primer: Risks, Opportunities, And Possibilities
The Bitcoin Primer: Risks, Opportunities, And Possibilities
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent summary, quick read, 1 Dec 2013
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This 17 page work covers some of the key areas. Well written, and will buy updates to this work as it is added to.

Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds and Actions
Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds and Actions
by Guy Kawasaki
Edition: Paperback

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stopped reading 25% of the way through, 25 April 2011
I'm someone who's bought Guy Kawasaki's books down the years and who had my utmost respect.

Emotive as it is, I've once been in a BP facility and had my compulsory 15 minute safety training everyone gets. Stairs one step at a time, hold the bannister, coffee carried with lid in place, no running, never using equipment you're not fully trained to operate. All common sense and things I've done elsewhere ever since.

That said, he made fun at BP being safety conscious with their coffee in the office and having care of oceans down at priority #400. With that, he joined the herd of mindless jackals mercilessly taking bites at a target that serves little purpose to the book, using words that were fictitious to do so. Cheap shot, Guy. I stopped reading at that point.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fits an iPhone 4 perfectly, 11 July 2010
I noticed the HTC Desire and the iPhone 4 were almost exactly the same dimensions - so bought this case for my wife's new iPhone 4. She absolutely loves the phone and this case. It has a small strap that pulls the phone out of the case for you, as well as a clip over the top to stop the phone slipping out when it's in her handbag. Good quality bright case with an inside that will keep the scratches away. Absolutely delighted with the purchase.

Unlocked Sim Free Big Button Mobile Phone-Ideal for elderly / kids-Network Free, No Contract 873
Unlocked Sim Free Big Button Mobile Phone-Ideal for elderly / kids-Network Free, No Contract 873

3.0 out of 5 stars Anyone read Chinese?, 5 April 2010
Beautiful phone,excellent handset and good value, but the main handbook is written completely in mandarin. Despite an hour Googling around, I can't find a complete English translation anywhere. Thinking of following the advice of Tim Ferris (4 Hour Work Week) and outsourcing the translation for 10-20 as a service to everyone else buying this phone. It does deserve it... not least as we won't get driven so mad by the default rinky-dink ring tone!

Asus 1005HA 10-inch Netbook (Intel Atom N270 1.6 GHz Processor, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB HDD, WLAN, Webcam, up to 8.5 Hours Battery, Windows XP, Windows Live Suite, White)
Asus 1005HA 10-inch Netbook (Intel Atom N270 1.6 GHz Processor, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB HDD, WLAN, Webcam, up to 8.5 Hours Battery, Windows XP, Windows Live Suite, White)

45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstandingly Good Value, 27 Sep 2009
Probably the lowest cost Netbook on Amazon but you'd never think it when you get it. Excellent build quality, very comfortable 1000x600 or so screen resolution, and what feels like a full size keyboard (haven't mistyped once yet). Where my current work IBM Thinkpad drains it's battery in an hour, my new Asus is going for over 6 hours use (watching product demo videos and surfing using Google Chrome on Windows XP) before I in need to connect it to the supplied power connector. Truely very impressed to date - as are most people who try it out.

I've had no performance issues playing back high resolution YouTube videos or any other application i've thrown at it; it seems to cope with them without breaking sweat (or getting too warm!). I've also plugged in a Vodafone "Top up and Go" Broadband USB stick and been happily surfing in a restaurant way out in the country, well away from any WiFi or other network connection.

If you're wondering why there is another model with the same model number that costs 50 or so more, it's because it's 2/3 the thinkness of this one and has a battery that lasts slightly longer. For me, not a factor; this one is already very small to carry (about the size of an average hardback book).

Based on my experience to date, I couldn't recommend this Netbook highly enough. I'm just very impressed and have been delighted with this Amazon purchase.
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The Twitter Book
The Twitter Book
by Tim O'Reilly
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is *the* missing manual for Twitter, 7 Jun 2009
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I bought this book after a month of being on Twitter.

You can tweet unaided, but for starters it explains what all the strange @username, #tags and ^(initials) type constructs mean and how they're used. Then the book gives a lot of good data on the tools to find, engage, size and participate in the conversations others have with individuals interested in what you (and your business) do. Then a pile of free resources to make your own profile page more professional, and how to set up things in some of the third party clients (like Tweetdeck) for getting real time feeds.

It also describes voyeuristic-ish tools (Tweetscoop) where you can see the Twitter version of Google Trends in real time as a regularly updating "tag cloud" - which you can then click through onto the specific conversation stream. First time I tried it, one of the common words in tweets yesterday was "Air France crash" - telling the news of finding debri 12 mins after it was first known in Brazil.

As i'm typing this, I have one column of Tweetdeck hooked into the tweets about the Apple Worldwide Developer conference (#wwdc) as attendees arrive in San Francisco - and I expect i'll hear about the contents of the Keynote as it progresses tomorrow.

Well worth the money Amazon charge for the book, and a useful (light) read for anyone who wants to earwig (and participate) in conversations about their own interests, causes or the organisations they work for.

Why Work Sucks and How to Fix it
Why Work Sucks and How to Fix it
by Jody Thompson
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The lightbulb goes on!, 8 Jun 2008
I pre-ordered this book after having read about it on Tim Ferris's "Four Hour Work Week" blog, and it hasn't disappointed. The book reflects the experience of Best Buy in the US, implementing a "Results Orientated Work Environment" where employees were accountable not only for their results, but for deciding their own time allocations. Hence if you are out of the office, or want to achieve all your objectives around the rest of your life commitments - go right ahead; no permission needed.

The lightbulb that switched on with me was the quantity of "sludge" that circulates around most companies i've worked at; people equating "time in the office, arrive early, stay late" with "value provided to the company", and the sort of derogatory remarks made if people arrive mid morning, or leave early. The way to handle this is described well in the book, and that's what i'll be applying from now on.

Found it interesting that when people were measured only on their results, the number of involuntary dismissals went up - which should be obvious, but is often confused with "time in the office"; people who turn in the hours but add no value to the company get exposed quickly by a "ROWE" working environment. That said, people who can do a good job and deliver results around their personal commitments outside of work appear to enjoy the freedom it gives.

I'm keen to implement a lot of the proposals - even if it's under the radar - but the one thing that would help would be some examples of the sorts of objectives people get assigned in this sort of arrangement.

That apart, i'd thoroughly recommend the book. The 200 pages took me a day, and there will be changes as a result. I hope the same thing happens to all it's readers.

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