Here is an author that has put a ton of data and thought into his argument that the internet is doomed to fail if we all keep buying Xbox's and iPhone...moreHere is an author that has put a ton of data and thought into his argument that the internet is doomed to fail if we all keep buying Xbox's and iPhones. To some degree he is right. There are many more "closed" systems gaining more and more market shares. Though the book was already dated with Zittrain's blasting the iPhone for not being open to third party development. A fact that Jobs deleted with the release of the iPhone SDK in the Summer of 2008.
Zittrain maintains that the internet is only successful because it was formed by thousands of people piggy-backing on each other's work and play. This chain of progress went unchecked by corporate interests and mainstream media. Mix that with some "wisdom of crowds" philosophy and viola, you have the internet. I have to say I agree with just about everything he had to say in the middle of his book.
The last third or the 'solutions' section was good too, but not as realistic (or maybe fair is the word) in regards to businesses and corporate innovators. But it all made for great thinking and discussions.
Zittrain does a good job of explaining "generative" properties and the usefulness of digital technology, in terms of duct tape and vodka. All easy to understand, but a bit long winded. The book would probably be better served if chopped in half. Hence the 3 out of 5 rating. He really makes sure the reader knows how important security features are. Almost every point he makes is drawn with an arrow pointing back to how much consumers treasure security. Which is indeed true and fully understood before you make it to page 100 (much less page 236). But an interesting read if you are at all interested in software or online development. Don't be afraid to skip around and skim parts of this one.(less)
I really enjoyed this book. Bryson's views on American life and commerce left my side hurting! This is the guy I wish I could have over for dinner som...moreI really enjoyed this book. Bryson's views on American life and commerce left my side hurting! This is the guy I wish I could have over for dinner some time. If you've ever been through a drive-through, listened to a waiter rattle off a salad dressing list or deciphered vcr instructions you will enjoy this book. But don't try and read it in bed (as I did), you're laughing will keep your wife awake!(less)
The Richest Man in Town is a book in the vein of The Millionaire Next Door and paints an interesting picture of America's most financially successful...moreThe Richest Man in Town is a book in the vein of The Millionaire Next Door and paints an interesting picture of America's most financially successful people. Author Randall Jones pulls out his notes and rolodex he amassed while putting together Worth magazine. The cross section and insights these provide are very illuminating.
Jones organizes the book into 12 Commandments of Wealth, all traits and habits he's noticed many RMITs share. He then fleshes out these ideas with interviews, history and facts provided by the RMITs he interviews. While you will probably recognize many of the people Jones interviews, the fun part is reading about the RMITs you've never heard of. He even interviews and quotes two people from Alabama! One from Tuscaloosa and another in Birmingham.
The book is equal parts personal finance philosophy and business acumen. I think it's a great read for anyone trying to grow the back account beyond the "paycheck to paycheck" cycle so many are stuck in. I give it 3 out of 5.
(In the spirit of full-disclosure, I was given this book by the publisher to read and review.)(less)