Yet another load of books arrived on Friday last week.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
A philosophical book on the concepts of quality. This books is very highly regarded in the software industry so I decided I better read it. It is about a motorcycle journey made by the author, his son and two friends during which he contemplates on various philosophical topics.
I’ve read through a few chapters so far and I must say that it is beautifully written and if you are like me you will probably want to get a motorcycle after reading this.
The Mythical Man-Month by Frederick P. Brooks
Another book seen as a must read by software developers. It covers topics on managing software projects and is organized as a series of essays based on the authors real-life experience from working at IBM on the System/360 and later OS/360 projects.
If you are in the software industry you have most likely heard about this book before.
Core Memory: A Visual Survey of Vintage Computers by John Alderman et. al.
Core Memory is a beautiful coffee table book which presents the reader with beautiful photographs of various vintage computers along with brief summaries. It covers such machines as ENIAC, the Apollo guidance computer and the all too famous Commodore 64.
So far I have only flicked through a couple of pages but the photographs are beautiful and high res. If you share my passion for vintage computers this book is a must.
Mazda 626 and Mx-6 Ford Probe Automotive Repair Manual by Jay Storer et. al.
It’s your run of the mill Haynes manual so it should need little introduction. I have a tugging sound somewhere in the steering system of my Mazda 626 so I decided to get the manual in order to make my life easier when fixing it.