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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Haven't been all that inspired to write code recently, so I've been catching up on a book backlog, and contrary to what some people think, i do read more than just science fiction, here's some recent favorites.

I found the story of LTCM fascinating, and particularly relevant given the on-going credit crunch, and the announcement of the Fed organized SIV bailout.

Friday, May 12, 2006

I have a massive reading backlog, I got a pile of books at christmas, then proceeded to buy another big bag of books while at Powells. I finished reading Accelerando by Charles Stross this week, I really liked it, a fast paced cyberpunk page turner, I couldn't put it down, I read Singularity Sky and Iron Sunrise last year and like those too, but I think Accelerando is better than both of those.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Congrats to the Ritual crew on being on the cover of Barista Magazine

Thursday, March 10, 2005

I just finished reading Market Forces, if you like the previous Richard Morgan books, then I think you'll like this one too, the violence seems a little much written down, but is probably no more violent than the average Hollywood action flick (feel free to take this a good or bad point as you see fit).

Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Finally managed to finish reading Quicksilver, It took quite an effort to read, it never got to the "can't put it down" phase that other Stephenson books did. Now I can get to work on the backlog of books that have piled up.

Thursday, August 21, 2003

Friday, August 15, 2003

I'm currently reading Steve's Pocket PC Network Programming, not finished it yet, but like what I see so far, the connection manager section will come in useful, I haven't tried it out yet, but it seems like it should solve an existing PocketHTTP problem where it tries to make a socket connection (and fails) before the tcp/ip stack is happy (and I've heard reports that under PocketPC 2003, it can take up to 15 seconds post resume before the tcp/ip stack can actually make a connection, yikes!). One thing I was hoping to find, but doesn't seem to be covered is the SSL support that's built into the winsock stack on PocketPC, a pity as the current docs are pathetic to say the least.

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Saturday, May 17, 2003

the daily commute continues to provide plenty of reading time, here's some recent reads.
  • Doug Kaye's Loosely Coupled. I thought Doug did a fantastic job of explaining why you should care about web services.
  • Revelation Space. Started off well, but seemed to come off the rails towards the end.
  • Altered Carbon. I loved this, couldn't put it down.
  • The Stone Canal. I seem to be reading Ken Macleod's books in the wrong order, but they've all been great.