Fun and endearing this book kept me picking it up until the end and then kind of wanting some more. Admittedly I'm from the pro silverman camp, not toFun and endearing this book kept me picking it up until the end and then kind of wanting some more. Admittedly I'm from the pro silverman camp, not too concerned in continuing debate surrounding her various 'controversies' and happy just to read the random semi-nostalgic perhaps relatively embelished maybe even semi-fictional stories with a small hint of jealousy... I kinda wish I'd got naked with Louis CK.. OK, I said it!...more
Having seen various videos, read some of his posts and been recommended his book personally I had high hopes.
Perhaps that was the problem. Not long inHaving seen various videos, read some of his posts and been recommended his book personally I had high hopes.
Perhaps that was the problem. Not long into the book (I say book, I mean what felt like a patchwork of blog posts and individual writings) you get the distinct impression that there's only really one or two actual points and the rest is just used to reiterate those over and over. Fair enough, repetition can lead to understanding but in my case it led to frustration and bordem. This quickly became a book I was trying to read just to finish rather than because I couldn't put it down.
Some might argue his points are 'common sense'. I'm not throwing myself in with that group (after all it's always easier to agree after the fact than to come up with the points in the first place) but I would say you may find yourself better off on his blog....more
Wheaton structures his per episode retrospectives consistently throughout the book: 'Synopsis', 'Obligatory Technobabble', 'Behind the scenes memory'Wheaton structures his per episode retrospectives consistently throughout the book: 'Synopsis', 'Obligatory Technobabble', 'Behind the scenes memory' and 'The bottom line' but don't let that fool you into thinking this is anything more than a free flowing fireside chat style discussion of the first half of the first season of Star Trek: TNG.
The point is, that's a good thing. You get the feeling that you've bumped into wheaton holding court at a local pub showing the humility that allows him to laugh at himself but also the awareness of the public feeling at the time and the insider knowlegdge of a man on set.
That's not to say you should expect a master class in small screen reviews. It's a bit of fun plus some trivia for the fans and should be taken as such....more
I'll be honest. I only read this book because it was quoted as a must read by Joel Spolsky on a stackexchange answer about how to go about learning prI'll be honest. I only read this book because it was quoted as a must read by Joel Spolsky on a stackexchange answer about how to go about learning programming (and finding out if you want/should be a programmer).
I was a little hesitant due to the year of release. Being at least some 11 years old that's a lot of time in the tech world. Ultimately though that doesn't matter. I defy any developer/programmer/system builder to read this book and not blitz through it lapping it up. Yes if you've done some schooling in computing or computer science you may be happy with much of the content but you'll surely find things you've either not thought about before in much depth or just wasn't explained in quite the elegant way that Petzold does. For me, whether it was due to age, experience or just maturity through both I found it filled gaps in my memory and indeed gaps in student course material.
Petzold opens up the world of computing through a concise linear storytelling format. Starting with a basis in Morse Code and Braille through the telegraph system, barcodes, boolean logic, circuits with memory, von neumann machines, adding peripherals, I/O devices and GUI interfaces we just about catch up to the modern era with talk of HTTP and the world wide web. Having pretty much built the systems (or simplified versions of) we're discussing in the incremental circuit and systems diagrams on the way.
Admittedly there's some rather 'of their time' phrases and facts that raise a smile (low resolutions, high costs for 'small' HD storage sizes, usage of cassette tapes by consumers) but this is all still valid information when taken in the context of the time of writing.
If you are a Developer/Programmer you're not going to go into work having had an epiphany of how better to do things, but you may have a new found respect for what you're doing and the many, many ingenious shoulders you are standing upon....more