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January 26th, 2009 by dholm

Last week I decided to actually start buying the books on my Amazon wish list. A friend of mine tipped me to try buying used books since they are generally much cheaper and usually in very good condition. What I realized was that many of the retailers on Amazon Marketplace actually carry books that are new and they can still be half-off or cheaper compared to Amazon’s price. Thanks to this it was suddenly much more realistic that I would eventually own all of the books on my list and that inspired my spending spree.

The first two books arrived today.

How Would You Move Mount Fuji? by William Poundstone

How Would You Move Mount Fuji? by William Poundstone

How Would You Move Mount Fuji? is about the practice of asking puzzle questions during job interviews in order to select the truly creative applicants applied by large software companies such as Microsoft. I’ve seen this book recommended on several occations and it has been on my wish list for a long time.

So far I haven’t been subjected to this personally but I really like the idea of asking a tricky question in order to see how an applicant thinks. As I understand it from reading the introduction a lot of people will give up instantly given an impossible question.

Hardware Hacking Projects for Geeks by Scott Fullam

Hardware Hacking Projects for Geeks by Scott Fullam

Since I work as a software developer for embedded systems I’ve been wanting to brush up on my electronics skills in order to better understand what is going on under the hood. Recently I stumbled on a thread on Stack Overflow asking about good books for programmers who want to get into electronics and this was one of the books recommended.

So far I’ve only skimmed through the book but my first impression is that it is a lot simpler than I had hoped. The book consists of a number of projects such as “How to Hack a Furby” and “How to Build a Home Arcade Machine“. It goes through each project step by step but doesn’t really explain any of the decisions made. The book is probably more suitable to someone younger who has little to no experience with electronics.


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