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Michael Van Cleave Traveling the technical world, learning the language

     Reminded so much of what it must feel like for an author to start a new story it seems that it is incredibly intimidating to sit in front of the blank screen of your first blog post.  Wondering if there really is anything that you have to say is important enough to even be broadcasted to the furthest ends of the technological divide.

     I have read many of the blogs on this site and have found many to be quite stimulating and educational.  I noticed that someone that I have had the opportunity to work with is also posting blogs to this site so I decided that it might be a great area to express my thoughts on technology and other elements of the software engineering trade that I find myself in. 

     I guess since I have noticed that many people leave the reader with something to think about or some good information, I will wimp out and remind you of a service that I enjoy to no end.  I am sure that most of you know about Safari Online Books, but nonetheless, I find it to be a great way to get information on all types of technologies.  As a geek, I know that going to a bookstore can result in many lost hours of sitting and combing through piles of new books that look interesting only to be limited to the number of books that you can actually buy.  Or the ever troubling fact that you might buy a book that looks very interesting just to find out that by the third chapter it really sucks.  Safari helps with that.  It is a subcription service that allows you to maintain a bookshelf of books in its library.  You can read any of the titles that you like and if you find they are not what you expected, you just take the copy off of your book shelf.  Everything is online so where ever you have a computer with a live connection to the internet, you have the ability to logon and get to your books of choice.  What?  You don't have a connection in the dentists office this afternoon, but you know that you will need some reading material for the waiting room?  Safari also gives you the ability to download chapters of the books, so you can print them out and get on your way. 

Anyhow, check it out, the service is pretty cheap and they have many current titles.

Check them out when you get a chance.

Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2005 10:32 AM | Back to top

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