Below are some books that I have enjoyed. I've included my own comments
as to why I enjoyed them. Please let me know if you have any books
that you think I should be reading!
Make Me Think! A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, by
Rich's Comment: If you ever think about designing a web site, or about
hiring someone to design one for you, this book is a must read. It doesn't get
bogged down in technical details, but leads you through some simple exercises
to reinforce key design concepts, so you can get the most out of your web site.
1.0 Resource Kit, by Solveig Haugland, Floyd
Rich's Comment: Microsoft Office costs to much
did you say? Personally I find it a little hard to come up with
over $500 to do some word processing and the occasional spread
sheet. That is where Open Office comes in - It is Open Source,
which means you can download
it FREE at the OpenOffice.org
website. It is able to open Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents,
and save in the same format. Not only that, but it replicates
95% of the functionality of MS Office, and includes some extras
that Word does not have (such as built in export to PDF format).
I've been using OpenOffice on a daily basis for over a year now
and highly recommend it.
Cathedral & the Bazaar, by Eric S. Raymond,
Rich's Comment: It is a great read, but I can't
describe the book any better than the amazon editor: "The
Cathedral and the Bazaar takes its title from an essay Raymond
read at the 1997 Linux Kongress. The essay documents Raymond's
acquisition, re-creation, and numerous revisions of an e-mail utility
known as fetchmail. Raymond engagingly narrates the fetchmail development
process while elaborating on the ongoing bazaar development method
he uses with the help of volunteer programmers. The essay smartly
spares the reader from the technical morass that could easily detract
from the text's goal of demonstrating the efficacy of the open-source,
or bazaar, method in creating robust, usable software."
That Make Us Free: Healing Our Relationships, Coming to Ourselves,
by C. Terry Warner
Rich's Comment: I havn't finished reading this
one yet, but it came to me highly recommended by two different
friends in two different provinces (who don't know each other). I'll
update my comments once I'm finished.