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I sometimes run across books that sound interesting and I think I'd like to read -- I'll start trying to list them on this page.

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Computer Related


  • Genomic Perl:From Bioinformatics Basics to Working Code; Rex A. Dwyer; February 2003; Hardback; 352 pages, 100 exercises; ISBN: 052180177X; 45.00 -- review

System Administration

  • The UNIX Guide to Defenestration -- sample pages and so forth on line -- sounds self published so I'm not sure if it's available in a library. Not specifically on getting rid of Windows, but more on a better way to manage computer systems -- a common way to judge a system manager is by the size of his budget and so forth, which provides incentives to keep the system just barely working -- the author (Paul Murphy?) tries to explain how to align the objectives of the system manager with the business objectives of the business, IIUC. Fairly short book, $29.95.

Web Site Design

  • Open Source Web Development with LAMP: Using Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP; ISBN: 020177061X; Paperback, 460pp; December 2002; Addison Wesley — a good slashdot review recommends this book (but there is a dissenting opinion) — aim of the book is providing the 20% of knowledge about web tools that will let you do 80% of what you need to do (maybe not the same way they used the 80/20 rule), including choosing which web tools to use — seems like a good fairly high level overview without the details that drive me crazy -- probably want to browse before buying because of the dissenting opinion
  • Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug, Roger Black; Amazon


  • Delivering Learning on the Net: the why, what & how of online education; Martin Weller; ISBN 0-7494-3675-1, available at NCACC Library — looks rather dry, but a good topic

Not Computer Related


  • (rhk) The Female Athlete's Body Book: How to Prevent and Treat Sports Injuries in Women and Girls; Gloria Beim, M.D., and Ruth Winter, M.S.; ISBN 0-07-141175-5 — looks like it could be interestinig, divided by sport, wonder if there's an equivalent book for men — available at NCACC Library

Inspirational / Educational

  • (rhk) The Lionheart Brothers -- seems like a good children's story, one of raph's favorites — I figured I'd only ever encounter the name raph once, now I've seen at least two different "raph"s not sure which this came from (on a mailing list)
  • (rhk) SingaporeMath.com Inc -- educational books for youngsters up thru at least grade 12 -- math and algebra, among others (also recommended by raph)
  • (rhk) "Complete Conduct Principles for the 21st Century"; Dr. John Newton; Nicer Century World Organization; hardcover: ISBN 0967370574; paperback: ISBN 0967370582; — sounds something like a Dale Carnegie "How to Win Friends and Influence People" type book, which I've read but don't think it sunk in — if this would sink in that would probably be good.
  • (rhk) What It Means to be 98% Chimpanzee, available at NCACC Library


  • (rhk) Waging War: On Trial; Brian R. Dirck; ISBN 1-57607-948-1, available at NCACC Library — "examines how and when the United States decides to wage war"


  • () RandyKramer - 29 Jul 2002
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