Classic texts in computer science. Worth reading for the sheer insight.
Update: The link didn’t seem to work in Feb 2007. Here’s the list.
The Personal MBA. John Kaufman says reading (and practicing) these 42 books should be as good as any MBA (and that an MBA is, perhaps excessively, expensive). Some of these books are worth a read in any case.
Manage Your Life and Work
Learn the Fundamentals
The Only Thing Constant is Change
Masters of Management
The Finest Minds in Business
Dollars on the Books
Numbers and Negotiations
Form and Function
Project Management and Marketing
Do Your Own Thing
Speak Your Mind
The Delicate Art of Human Relations
Sell, Sell, Sell!
Economics and Worldviews
Businesses, Past and Present
Rules and Morals
Voices of Experience
These are the Pulitzer prize winning non-fiction books. I’ve read only two: Godel, Escher, Bach and Guns, Germs and Steel. These were the very best books I have EVER read. If that’s any indication to go by, I want to finish this whole list.
I end up changing my office laptops every year or so, and hence reinstall lots of software. Here’s my inventory.
I most certainly will install the following.
ActivePerl. I still program. I know Perl. I love Perl.
Dave’s quicksearch deskbar
Microsoft Office 2003. Has some really good improvements over Office 2000.
NoteTab Light. Multiple tabs notepad. But is there anything better?
WinAmp (with Media Library import/export)
I most likely will install the following, but not necessarily.
Adobe Photoshop. Almost vital, but I can live with Microsoft Office Picture Manager.
Goldwave. I often record interviews, or give commentary for home-made movies.
Google Earth (with Fraps). To browse the world and make movies out of them.
Mozilla Firefox. For multi-tabbed browsing, mainly. Otherwise, IE is fine.
MSN Messenger. Just for the interface. Somehow, it feels “smoother” than Yahoo.
RealPlayer. Don’t listen to RealAudio that much. Still…
UnixUtils. I use “grep” and “less” more often than “dir”
VirtualDub. For the occasional movie editing that Microsoft Movie Maker can’t handle.
WinHtTrack. To browse offline.
Google Desktop Search. Helps remember my browsing history.