With record-high temps boiling many of a U.S., it’s a ideal time to spin off the
computer, squeeze a book and strike a beach. So we asked a few of a cloud computing
experts and SearchCloudComputing staff to share their book recommendations.
Our cloud computing bookshelf has something for everybody — from tech reads about amicable media,
cloud computing and large information to some good novella and non-fiction page turners. So squeeze your lawn
chair, slather on a sunscreen and take some time to relax a small before this summer’s out of reach.
I don’t unequivocally review technical books; we review nonfiction books. And a many new nonfiction
book we review was Rather
Outspoken by Dan Rather.
I review about dual novella books a week, mostly mystery, thriller, crime books. we usually finished The
Snowman, by Jo Nesbo, a Norwegian writer. He is one of a few unequivocally good Scandanavian
writers, such as Henning Mankell and a late Stieg Larsson.
One specific quote that has stranded with me from Dan Rather’s book is simply one word: “steady.”
Rather spoken a word “steady” over and over to himself while he sat during his CBS News Anchor desk
reporting 9/11 as it unfolded. His son lived down in a World Trade Center area and he had to
report on a happenings as they seemed on video. He was so romantic that he did not trust he
would be means to keep from violation down on inhabitant TV. He was means to overcome this by saying
“steady” over and over to himself. we have attempted this in a integrate of situations given we review the
book in early Jun 2012, and it works.
I rarely suggest The Snowman and Dan Rather’s book. Rather was a colonize in covering
hurricanes, a Civil Rights movement, a Vietnam War, a Kennedy assassination in Dallas, the
Afgan-Russian fight and Watergate. Often CBS was a usually news classification covering some of these
events in any detail, and mostly that was since of Rather. His book also describes a pressure
politicians place on news organizations to not news certain events. Rather also goes into great
detail about a story that he and his cohorts had on President Bush and his troops record as a
pilot, or miss thereof. This story got Rather and several others during CBS fired.
An industry-related book I’m reading is Hadoop: The
Definitive Guide, 3rd ed., by Tom White (O’Reilly Media). It covers Hadoop core,
MapReduce, HDFS, Pig,
Hbase, Zookeeper and
Sqoop in 600 pages with a foreword by Doug Cutting, a creator of Hadoop.
Tom worked on Amazon Web Services’ Elastic MapReduce doing on AWS Elastic
Compute Cloud (EC2) and Amazon
Simple Storage Service (S3) and is now a member of a Hadoop Project Management Committee.
Although I’m usually 200 pages into a book, we find his Hadoop
coverage to be comprehensive nonetheless being pedantic.
As for non-industry books, I’m reading The Dream of a Celt by Mario
Vargas Llosa, Peru’s many famous complicated author and leader of 2010′s Nobel Prize for Literature. His
popularity in El Norte is a product of a “Latin American Literature Renaissance” of a 1960s,
which also introduced Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Colombia; my favorite author of all time), Carlos
Fuentes (Mexico) and many other Latin American writers to North American and European audiences. My
Spanish is rather limited, so I’ve also systematic a English translation.
If you’re looking for a good review this summer, I’d suggest Llosa’s The Green
House, that reminds me of Garcia Marquez’ works, as good as El Senor
Presidente and The Mirror of Lida
Sal: Tales Based on Mayan Myths and Guatemalan Legends by Miguel Angel Asturias, who
also won a Nobel prize. Asturias’ Men of
Maize: The Modernist Epic of a Guatemalan Indians is also a good review if you’re
interested in Mayan enlightenment (as we am).
My many new tech review is “OpenFlow,” published by Wiley. The subject of OpenFlow design is key; this is a
digest of element accessible from a array of sources. I got an email from a customer suggesting
that we review it. I consider it’s useful to those who don’t wish to worry with extent of
research accessible online, nonetheless it doesn’t allege a state of a art.
My stream party review is Cautious
Crusade: Franklin D. Roosevelt, American Public Opinion, and a War opposite Nazi
Germany, by Steven Casey. I’m reading this one on my Kindle.
Books from Manning and O’Reilly seem to browbeat my bookshelf (a.k.a. iPad) these days. At the
top of a smoke-stack are Allen Downey’s Think
Stats, Nathan Yau’s Vizualize
This: The FlowingData Guide to Design, Visualization and Statistics, and Paul
Cookbook. I’m spending a lot of time on data
analysis and large data so that explains a concentration on statistics books. I’ve usually started Sean
Owen and Robin Anil’s Mahout
in Action, and we wish to start on Nathan Marz’s Big Data soon.
For fun, my family is bending on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. Three of us
are reading a array now. I’m about median by A
Game of Thrones, a initial in a series. We gave adult pity a singular duplicate of a first
book and we any have a possess now. (This has been a clear and for family tranquility.) In case
I don’t get adequate dispute and adversary in A Game of Thrones, one of my sons gave me
Nicholas Pileggi’s Casinoabout
organized crime in Las Vegas. I’ve usually started Manning Marable’s Malcom
X: A Life of Reinvention, another benefaction from one of my sons. It’s good to have a birthday at
this time of year to settle your summer reading list.
I’d suggest A Game of Thrones — even if you’ve seen a TV series, Game of
Thrones on HBO. There is some-more in a book than could be prisoner in a show. On a technical
side, I’d suggest Visualize This. I spend a lot some-more time meditative about information structures
and algorithms than about how to make formula respectable to finish users. This book helps address
Senior Site Editor
I’m reading dual books right now for pleasure. we chose to review a initial one, The
Way of a Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman, when we started training for my second Ironman
triathlon (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run) in June. we indispensable some motivation, and this
book helped to remind me that if we put in a time and trust in yourself, we can do anything
you set out to do. And, overtly after reading The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo and a rest
of a Millennium
trilogy, we indispensable something a bit some-more uplifting!
The other book I’m reading for pleasure is Cloud Atlas, by David
Mitchell. And as many as it sounds like it’s associated to a cloud
computing market, it isn’t. It’s a novel about a clearly unrelated, nonetheless surprisingly
interrelated lives of 6 people. A good crony of cave endorsed it, nonetheless he warned me it’s
not a light read. we find myself carrying to take a step behind to unequivocally grasp what’s going on in each
chapter and with any character. Might be some-more concerned than your normal beach read, nonetheless it’s
worth picking up.
I’m reading The Way of a Peaceful Warrior on my Kindle, that suggests noted quotes
and passages for a reader. And that unequivocally annoys me. we frequency ever determine with them and a ones
I do find noted are never noted as such. One quote in this book that’s stranded with me was,
“There are no typical moments.” Every impulse has a specific reason behind it — we usually have to
look. And as we form this, we see a irony in it all. Maybe we should go behind and give those
suggested passages another chance.
I’m not reading any cloud
computing industry-specific books right now, nonetheless we do accept them from publishers from time
to time. (Virtualization for Dummies comes to mind. How insulting!) we typically get my
information online from reports, tech news, blogs, e-books and from my intelligent IT sources.
I switch between a array of opposite books during a same time, and as a soon-to-be initial time
parent, a few of them tumble underneath a “How not to irreparably repairs a child” genre. we am reading What to Expect When
You’re Expecting, that should be personal as Horror as any section is some-more terrifying
than a next.
I’m also re-reading A
Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. we review The Kite Runner (like
everyone else on a planet) and wanted some-more from Hosseini. The male is a genius. The poetry is so
gorgeous it creates me wish to spin in my author card; I’ll never come tighten to delivering a story
anywhere nearby that level. It’s humbling. There are so many relocating passages in A Thousand
Splendid Suns that it’s formidable to select one, nonetheless this stood out: “Like a compass needle
that points north, a man’s accusing finger always finds a woman.”
I suggest this book (and Hosseini’s other novel The Kite
Runner) because it offers a glance into a lives of a people of Afghanistan — a
place we’ve listened about roughly each day for a past decade in newspapers and on television, but
really know small about. This book also put into viewpoint a opportunities and a advantages
we take for postulated as Americans. It stirs adult gratitude.
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Right now we spend many of my reading time usually perplexing to stay stream with a latest news developments in cloud computing.
For a residue of my reading time, we typically review history. Right now, I’m reading A
World Undone: The Story of a Great War, 1914 to 1918 by G.J. Meyer.
WWI shaped many of a informative and chronological substructure for a 20th century,
helped pave a approach for a arise of a U.S. as a universe power, and led to WWII and a Cold War. So
many books have been created about WWI that many, if not most, shimmer over a plan and strategy.
This is a one-book story that covers many of what’s blank from many others on a topic.
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I recently bought Socialnomics by
Erik Qualman, about how social media affects
our minds and how we live. we also bought a book Amazon kept recommending for me — as if it could
see into my iPhone-addicted essence — called The
Winter of Our Disconnect about a family that utterly literally pulled a block on all a electronic
devices for 6 months to see how it would impact communication. Ironically, it is accessible on
the Internet-enabled Kindle.
I’m always vacant during a volume of classical novels we haven’t nonetheless read. Summer, for me, has always
been a good time to puncture into that must-read-before-I-die classics list. And with many being
inexpensive, or even free, on a Kindle, we can bucket it adult for a beach. Currently, I’m about
shoulders-deep in a
copy of Brideshead Revisited we got for Christmas. Evelyn Waugh’s novel is famous for
speaking to a decrease of a upper-class in England as a 1920s incited to a 1930s, and the
concurrent confrontations with religion, nonetheless where a book unequivocally gets to me is how it speaks
about memory and nostalgia — ideal summer themes.
The memory thesis comes into play on my favorite passage, a hauntingly elementary line that’s echoed
through a book: “I’ve been here before.” we even embellished a thoroughfare on a board for my fiancé’s
birthday present. Though we can’t pronounce to a initial dual yet, I’d really recommend
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