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February 2010

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Cool Gift from O'Reilly.

So, a while back I signed up for O'Reilly's newish Safari online bookshelf thing.

So far, I can say that I love it. It's been really cool, and really useful.

And, O'Reilly just sent me a free gift.

I got home, and I came across this yellow envelope sitting in my mail. I picked it up, and I saw O'Reilly's name on it. This got me curious, as I've ordered things from O'Reilly before, and own a number of their books, but I haven't bought anything recently.

So, I opened it, and came across a letter thanking me for participating in Safari, and informing me that this was a free gift. Behind the letter, I found a copy of Google Hacks, 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools. Glancing through it, it appears to be a rather cool book.

And the price was great. ;-)

Things like this really go a long way towards enhancing loyalty. I've always been a fan of O'Reilly, but when they do things like this, it guarantees that they'll be the first place I look when I need a new book.


O'Reilly does rock...How does safari work exactly?

Safari. . .

Basically, you pay a monthly subscription fee, and you get to choose a certain number of books (they claim to have over 1400 available (most of them are computer/technical, though the variety is growing)), based on how much you're paying ($10 for 5 books, $15 for 10 books, etc). When you choose a book, it is added to your bookshelf. You can then access the full contents of that book for as long as you want. Once it's been on your bookshelf for a month, you can remove it and replace it with something else.

I've found it to be *really* helpful for me, because I frequently come across a new project I'm working on, and I need more information on a language/tool/application/framework/program/etc than I currently have available. I can grab a book or two, learn what I need to, and then swap it out in a month.

I've been really impressed with it. ;-)
I just wanted to let you know . . . I always hated you. I always hated you the most.

Excellent. . .

Excellent. . . it's always good to know the feeling is mutual.

Now, prepare to DIE!


Or, alternately, would you care to join me for a cup of tea?
Cool. I got the sys admins a subscription at work, so far it seems to be going ok. I think people don't use it nearly as much as they could, but that's ok I guess.

How long have you been using it now?


I originally signed up for it about 4 months ago. I'm currently using a 10 book subscription.

I suppose it kind of goes in cycles. The first month, I used it like crazy. I was constantly on there searching for, and reading, new books. The second month, I didn't use it quite as much, but the last 6 weeks I've been using it a *lot* because I've been working on a Java project, and I haven't really used Java for almost 2 years. So I grabbed a couple of good Java books, skimmed two of them, and use another one as a reference book, and they've been an invaluable aid.

The ability to do text searches on the books, as well as bookmark things, make notes, and stuff like that, is really cool. I definitely plan to keep my subscription for a long time.
*grins* gotta love the free stuff....

So how's the search for a Boat?