Any of the Martin Gardner books would be good but I don't know if they are still in print.
I thought the main reason to use java was to be OS independent. When your web page on Linux couldn't handle the load you could just move your code to a bigger Solaris or IBM box. Or when the PHB says he doesn't trust BSD to be secure he can move it all to Windows.
I've not worked with c#. Is it multiplatform like java or are you stuck with running it on Windows?
In high school I read all the Sherlock Holmes books. Later I found the charactor was based on a real person, Dr. John Bell.
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Heinlein was an indirect study in how society is affected by resources.
Stranger in a Strange Land also by Heinlein also about choices society makes that they aren't always aware of.
One time I was writing some code to control hardware and the boss wanted it to watch for a condition and then alert the supervisors. I thought it was a good idea and asked him what symptoms defined this condition he wanted to watch for. He said "just let the computer figure it out." I don't think I ever got him to understand the computer doesn't think but just follows rules and until the rules are defined the computer won't know what to do. I ended up making a guess for rules and kept tweeking as I watched for false positives and negatives.
A entrepreneur needs to understand how computes work and how algorithms work or it's going to be a cluster.
Depending on what type of job you are doing, bandwidth could be an issue. As a sysadmin, when a server goes down my boss expects me to fix it "right now". Excuses like storms took down my internet connection aren't acceptable. I was expected to have alternate internet and as a last resort, drive into the data center to fix the problem.
Some Linux servers only had GUI interfaces for the hardware connection. Dial-up wasn't fast enough for these.
A programmer could be off line for a few days and still be productive as long as phone service was available so conversations with coworkers could still take place.
I've tried 6 different browsers on 4 different platforms and none of them render slashdot properly. All of them render something different than the others. Firefox on Solaris was so bad I gave up reading slashdot at work. I would think Firefox on Linux would render it properly but it leaves out major chunks of screen that show up in Opera.
Is anyone going to acturally quality test your changes this time?
quote: Poor thing looks absolutely terrified.
It's not scruffed and the person is holding the feet up. If that animal were unhappy (like some of my ferrets get) there would be some serious blood from bites and claw rips.
My Honda gets 60 mpg. With a 60 mile round trip that is about a $6 a day saving in gas over my pickup. I find taking the back roads home very relaxing. On the other hand there is no public transportation between my home and work so I don't really have the choice of public/private transportation. Mostly I ride when there is no ice on the roads and it's not raining on my drive in. I don't care if I get wet driving home. This year I started riding the bike in April and will continue until the snow flies which is usually in mid December.