My Review of Evil Plans by Hugh MacLeod

Posted by Aaron West at 10:58 AM in Books

Hugh MacLeod's latest book, Evil Plans: Having Fun on the Road to World Domination was recommended to me last week so I purchased the Kindle edition. It's a short book (192 pages) I was able to knock out in four days. I do recommend the book but don't expect to be given a step-by-step list of todos to create your own Evil Plan. More of my thoughts are after the break.

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There's been a lot of talk about Git in the ColdFusion community recently. And rightly so, it's a really nice source control management system. But there's more to Git than source control. To find out other uses for Git I recommend folks read or listen to the interview with ProGit author and Git evangelist, Scott Chacon. Scott discusses how GitHub uses Git and describes a few other uses you probably haven't thought of. It's all right here. If you want to know what I think about Git, I wrote up my thoughts back in March.


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I put off buying a Kindle for a long time as I wasn't sure I would like the device and I was worried about vendor lock in with Amazon. I regret that decision now. I should've bought my Kindle 2 sooner. Over the last few months I've been enjoying reading on my Kindle 2. I devoured Stephen King's Under the Dome, a massive book at 1,088 pages, as well as the free autobiography of Benjamin Franklin and the new release from the 37signals team, Rework. In addition to books I've loaded several PDFs onto my Kindle such as the definitive guide to Apache Hadoop and Google's paper on Bigtable. Since I've spent a fair amount of time with my Kindle I feel qualified to write about what I like and dislike. Continue reading after the break.

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Rework by 37signals Hits Stores

Posted by Aaron West at 12:01 PM in Books, Personal

Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, founders of 37signals, had their new book Rework hit stores today. I heard about this book several months ago and setup an OmniFocus reminder to notify me of its release. I've already sent a sample of the book to my Kindle and will be digging into the text a little later today.

If given a choice between investing in someone who has read REWORK or has an MBA, I'm investing in REWORK every time. A must read for every entrepreneur.

Mark Cuban, co-founder HDNet, owner of the Dallas Mavericks