Author: petko

Review: I Shall Wear Midnight

I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Tiffany Aching series is pigeonholed in the “young adult” section, basically meaning it’s for teenagers. Yet I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading

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Review: The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It by Kelly McGonigal My rating: 4 of 5 stars A self-help book based on actual science and not on made-up BS.

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Review: Interesting Times

Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett My rating: 4 of 5 stars Sir Terry himself once said in an interview that it’s hard to make Rincewind “more than two-dimensional” and that he’s “shallow all the way to the bottom”. I agree.

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Review: Meditations

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius My rating: 5 of 5 stars Beautiful and ageless. These writings were apparently never intended to be published or to convince anyone in anything. That’s why they may sometimes seem redundant and often lack explicit argumentation.

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Review: Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty My rating: 3 of 5 stars This work is an interesting take on an important problem which has never been tackled so comprehensively before, but the conclusions are not really sound in

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Review: Why Popcorn Costs So Much at the Movies: And Other Pricing Puzzles

Why Popcorn Costs So Much at the Movies: And Other Pricing Puzzles by Richard B. McKenzie My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is a nice book for anyone interested in pricing, but its style is a bit unusual. Not

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Show, don’t tell

Having worked as a web developer for a while, I’ve noticed that sometimes I’d have to talk for an hour on the phone, or write a long email, to explain a feature that can be explained very easily if only

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Chrome spyware alert

A feature that’s supposed to make the Google Chrome browser secure has actually been turned into a vulnerability. It’s inevitable: when some software becomes the most popular in its class, bad guys will start targeting it. Google Chrome made its

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Where Nokia went wrong

How to change your whole product development and marketing strategy? Not the way Nokia did. Don’t get me wrong, I agree that going with a Microsoft ecosystem was a good thing to do. Nokia’s own software was running behind, it

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Review: Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character

Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character by Richard Feynman My rating: 5 of 5 stars A wonderful book, with one important note to make: this was actually not designed to be a book. It is a

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