Saturdays are interesting, especially working for a multinational company with colleagues across the globe. I may have shared this sentiment before, but I still recall the tale that resonated with me from a currency arbitrage trader https://www.investopedia.com/terms/c/currency-arbitrage.asp. The person mentioned that he was working whenever a market was open. Luckily Saturday is the one day without any market open so he would use that day to do laundry, go grocery shopping, and follow-up on other chores. Feels like the work life of many in Friedman's flat world :). Thus stealing a few moments on the Saturday nadir of activity for a quick blog.....
I'll commence this blog with observations about books, starting with my most recent https://www.apress.com/us/book/9781484261057
It's also the only publication with a 'drop-e' that I created, too.
I still fondly recall the CDSA and ACSFL update articles, but unlike the ITJ, these pages have not been archived on intel.com, the wayback machine of archive.org, or other computer history repositories of lore such as bitsavers.org. For work that never made it to open source, I wonder how much interesting technology history is lost every year?
In the spirit of the written word, and despite questions of the demise of print https://www.stamats.com/think-print-dead-think-again/, it's nice to see that Grove, CEO when I joined in 1997, and Gelsinger, upcoming CEO this year, expressed both their technology and business insights via writing.
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Writing books is one way to scale one's knowledge that transcends the utility of (cough cough) blogs, streaming video and podcasts IMHO.
Regarding the writing process, I am not sure about how easy of a time either my co-authors or luminaies like Grove and Gelsinger had in writing their tech and business books, but I feel like the following when trying to get the pages out.