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    Penetration Testing: A Hands-On Introduction to Hacking by Georgia Weidman, no starch press, 2014

    Posted June 22, 2014 - 4:47 pm

    Most everything you need to know to get started as a penetration tester in less than 500 pages? This book provides a very practical hands-on introduction to the art of hacking. But you will need to sit yourself down and let your fingers get a lot of exercise before you put yourself on the market as a pro.
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    GOTO 50: 7 ways to celebrate BASIC’s golden anniversary

    Posted May 1, 2014 - 6:00 am

    The language that helped make programming accessible to everyone is turning 50. Here are 7 ways to mark this historic occasion
  • Rumors of the library's demise have been greatly exaggerated

    Posted January 23, 2013 - 12:05 pm

    New Pew study finds that, even in the digital age, people still go to libraries for printed books - but they also use and want more Internet-based services
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    Python for kids ... and adults intimidated by the very idea of programming

    Posted December 29, 2012 - 5:32 pm

    If you love Unix but fear programming or have a kid who you'd like to convince that programming is fun, here's a book you really should consider.
  • Let your code do the (holiday) shopping

    Posted December 4, 2012 - 12:32 pm

    Software developer creates a program to randomly choose and buy stuff
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    DevOps Troubleshooting: Linux server best practices

    Posted December 2, 2012 - 8:26 pm

    Do you get calls at odd hours because some critical service that you support on your Linux server has stopped working? Here's some late night reading that might help you get the rest you deserve.
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    A better way to learn Unix

    Posted April 22, 2012 - 11:35 am

    If you are still learning Unix or have any involvement in helping others master the command line, here's the book you have been waiting for. The Linux Command Line: A Complete Introduction (no starch press, 2012) will take you from 0 to 100 in 36 pain-free chapters.
  • Book giveaway: 'Making it Big in Software' by Sam Lightstone

    Posted March 1, 2012 - 12:02 pm

    ITworld is giving away 5 copies of 'Making it Big in Software' to some lucky readers. Enter now for your chance to win!
  • WIN this book: 'Liars and Outliers' by Bruce Schneier

    Posted March 1, 2012 - 12:59 am

    ITworld is giving away 5 copies of 'Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust that Society Needs to Thrive' to some lucky readers. Enter now for your chance to win!
  • Win this book: HTML5 Developer’s Cookbook

    Posted January 30, 2012 - 12:47 pm

    ITworld is giving away 5 copies of "HTML5 Developer's Cookbook" to some lucky readers. Enter now for your chance to win!
  • Win this book: Ubuntu Unleashed

    Posted January 17, 2012 - 4:29 pm

    ITworld is giving away 5 copies of "Ubuntu Unleashed: 2012 Edition" to some lucky readers. Enter now for your chance to win!
  • The first million seller e-book is....

    Posted July 28, 2010 - 9:30 pm

    Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It may not have been the first though and it certainly won't be the last.
  • Are the days of books numbered?

    Posted July 20, 2010 - 2:46 pm

    Amazon just sold more e-books in a month than hard-covers. Is this end of the road for the printing press?
  • Three Tips on Choosing the Right Technical Book

    Posted October 16, 2009 - 11:28 am

    After my advice on self-training employees a few days ago, some folks asked me how to pick the right technical books for their situation. Valid question, because popular topics may have a shelf-full of books to choose from. How do you find yours? Try these three tips.
  • The new green data center: From energy avoidance to energy efficiency

    Posted August 6, 2009 - 3:27 pm

    Avoiding energy use is one part of an approach to address power, cooling, floor space and environmental (PCFE) challenges, but not all applications, data or workloads can be consolidated or powered down. The trick is finding the right balance between energy avoidance and energy efficiency, says Greg Schulz, author of 'The Green and Virtual Data Center'.
  • Building mashups that work

    Posted July 28, 2009 - 5:11 pm

    When creating enterprise mashups, steer clear of the 5 'H's -- hide, hoard, hamper, harm, or hurry -- warns Susan Bouchard, co-author of Enterprise Web 2.0 Fundamentals.
  • The tipping point for green IT

    Posted July 8, 2009 - 2:59 pm

    Success for global green IT depends on the continued collaboration among groups within your company, among technology vendors, data center design and build businesses, energy utilities, governments, and organizations such as the Green Grid and the Uptime Institute. In short, almost everyone can collaborate on green IT.
  • Creating mashups: 5 classic mistakes to avoid

    Posted July 8, 2009 - 2:00 pm

    Good mashups are more than just reassemblies of UI artifacts. Steer clear of these 5 classic mistakes.
  • Six survival strategies for technology consultants

    Posted June 15, 2009 - 5:14 pm

    There are many things you can do to create your own job security, says Aaron Erickson, author of "The Nomadic Developer – Surviving and Thriving in the World of Technology Consulting". Here he offers six proven strategies for weathering the economic downturn.
  • Getting requirements engineering right: 5 keys for success

    Posted May 14, 2009 - 11:31 am

    Requirements engineering is a key part of the product or project lifecycle -- and often the most difficult part, says Brian Berenbach, author of Software & Systems Requirements Engineering: In Practice. Here he offers 5 keys for success (and warns of 5 classic mistakes).

  • Don't troubleshoot alone and other networking advice

    Posted April 13, 2009 - 10:15 am

    What Ray Blair, co-author of Cisco Secure Firewall Services Module (FWSM), likes best about networking technology is that it is continuously changing and there is always more to be learned. But he warns against making things harder for yourself: "Don't troubleshoot alone," says Blair. "A second pair of eyes and ears can be very valuable." Read on for more of Blair's dos and don'ts.
  • Mashups: The end of one-size-fits-all software

    Posted April 9, 2009 - 3:39 pm

    The last remaining bastion of "one size fits all" are the enterprise applications that we accepted as "good enough" and that held us at their mercy for lack of the skills or tools to make them better. Mashup platforms are breaking this cycle.
  • Review

    Book Review: Cisco Routers for the Desperate, 2nd Edition

    Posted March 18, 2009 - 3:35 pm

    If you're a Unix systems administrator who every now and then has to tend to Cisco routers and switches, here's a book that's going to relieve your stress level. Cisco Routers for the Desperate is just that -- nearly everything you need to know when you don't have time to read the tomes of Cisco documentation.
  • Managing a Development Team

    Posted March 6, 2009 - 12:42 pm

    As a manager, you need a "toolkit" of approaches you can access when working with your team, says author Louis Testa. Your toolkit should include methods for motivating people, making yourself available, choosing the team's tools, organizing the team, setting up the workspace, managing projects, resolving conflict, and communicating with your team. With multiple tools and approaches on hand, you can select the best tools for the job. As the saying goes, if your only tool is a saw, then the solution to every problem is to cut.
  • 5 Rules for virtualization success

    Posted March 3, 2009 - 6:30 pm

    "What we like best about virtualization is the dynamic nature of it," say Nelson Ruest and Danielle Ruest, authors of Virtualization: A Beginner's Guide. "The server is no longer constrained in its physical envelope and because of this it becomes much more malleable which makes it so much easier to work with." Their advice to newbies: Start with the free versions of virtualization technologies available from Sun, Citrix, VMware, Microsoft, and many others and test, test, and retest.

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