09. oktober 2010

Septembrsko branje

For the Win

Cory Doctorow, For the Win

»There were eight monitors on his desk, arranged in two ranks of four, the top row supported on a shelf he'd bought from an old lady scrap dealer in front of the Dongmen market. She'd also sold him the monitors, shaking her head at his idiocy: at a time when everyone wanted giant, 30" screens, why did he want this collection of dinky little 9" displays?«

Knjiga o virtualnih svetovih, predvsem pa o (čisto pravem) izkoriščanju delavcev za ustvarjanje dobička v teh istih virtualnih svetovih. Knjiga o prvem virtualnem sindikatu. Tako kot druge Coryjeve knjige je tudi ta prosto prenosljiva.

Izginjevalec čarovnic

Jana Bauer, Izginjevalec čarovnic

»Na poti domov sem oddal oglas za prostovoljno posvojitev pri enem najboljših časopisov, kjer sem pustil svoj naslov, telefonsko številko in zadnje prihranke. Upam, da se mi bo čim prej kdo oglasil.«

O zlobnih čarovnicah in zadnjih preostalih »izginjevalcih«, ki jih spreminjajo v dobre. Za nižje razrede osnovne šole. Luštno.

Skrivnost izropane grobnice

Jana Bauer, Detektivske prigode Fokusa in Kolumne – Skrivnost izropane grobnice

»Ko sta starša Mlin pred mnogimi leti po pomoti poslala Kolumno v šolo na kitajsko goro Tai, je bila to najboljša napaka, ki sta jo kdaj zagrešila. Res je šolnina znašala samo dvesto dolarjev in res Kolumne niso učili slovnice, pa vendar! Za borih dvesto dolarjev so jo v treh letih naučili presneto veliko zanimivih reči.«

Prva prigoda Fokusa in Kolumne, o katerih sem že pisal.

Dekle, ki se je igralo z ognjem

Dekle, ki se je igralo z ognjem

»Na hodniku v petem nadstropju se v preteklem letu ni veliko spremenilo. Najprej je obiskala svojo delovno sobo, kotiček za steklenimi vrati na hodniku, kamor jo je namestil Dragan Armanskij. Vrata niso bila zaklenjena. Lisbeth ni vzelo prav veliko časa za ugotovitev, da se v njeni pisarni ni spremenilo prav nič, le nekdo je pred vrata postavil kartonsko škatlo z odpadnim papirjem. V sobi so bili miza, pisarniški stol in prazna knjižna omara. Pisarniško opremo je predstavljal zastarel osebni računalnik Toshiba iz leta 1997, ki je imel smešno majhen trdi disk.«

Drugi del milenijske trilogije (prvega sem prebral avgusta), ki se malce manj izgublja v stranskih nitih, ukvarja pa se predvsem s stransko junakinjo prvega dela, Lisbeth Salander.

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Regular Expressions Cookbook

Jan Goyvaerts & Steven Levithan, Regular Expressions Cookbook

»Modern regex flavors support named capturing groups in addition to numbered groups. The only difference between named and numbered groups is your ability to assign a descriptive name, instead of being stuck with automatic numbers. Named groups make your regular expression more readable and easier to maintain. Inserting a capturing group into an existing regex can change the numbers assigned to all the capturing groups. Names that you assign remain the same.«

Luštkan uvodnik v regularne izraze, napisan v obliki nalog in rešitev.

Islands in the Net

Bruce Sterling, Islands in the Net

»David broke his principles and ate the shrimp, but refused to touch the vegetables. “Vegetables are full of poisons!” he insisted loudly. “They're crammed with natural insecticides! Plants use chemical warfare. Ask any botanist!”«

Pradavno (1988) delo, ki je menda prvo uporabilo idejo vsepovezanega sveta – le da je »Net« iz te knjige omrežje, po katerem se posredujejo kompresirani zvočni in videoposnetki. Analogni, seveda. Sicer pa nič posebnega.

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The Difference Engine

William Gibson & Bruce Sterling, The Difference Engine

»A whip cracked near his head. The driver was trying to fight his way free of the entangling crowd, standing on the box of an open brougham. The fellow was a race-track dandy, gotten up in a suit of the most artificial blue, with a great paste ruby glinting in a cravat of lurid silk. Beneath the pallor of a swelling forehead, accentuated by dark disheveled locks, his bright gaunt eyes moved constantly, so that he seemed to be looking everywhere at once -- except at the race-course, which still compelled the attention of everyone, save himself and Mallory. A queer fellow, and part of a queerer trio, for the passengers within the brougham were a pair of women.«

Steampunk, Anglija v času Lorda Byrona in Charlesa Babbagea. Diferenčni stroj je bil v resnici izdelan in največjega ima seveda policija. Zanimivo, a zelo počasno branje.

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I Shall Wear Midnight

Terry Pratchett, I Shall Wear Midnight

»At the bottom of the slope, fights were breaking out among the cheese-jockeys who were still capable of punching somebody, and since everyone was now watching that, Tiffany took the opportunity to snatch up Horace and shove him into her bag. After all, he was hers. Well, that was to say, she had made him, although something odd must’ve got into the mix since Horace was the only cheese that would eat mice and, if you didn’t nail him down, other cheeses as well. No wonder he got on so well with the Nac Mac Feegles,8who had made him an honorary member of the clan. He was their kind of cheese.«

Pratchetti so običajno odlično branje, tale je pa sploh super. Četrti del zgodbe o Tiffany Aching, ki je vsaj enako dober kot predhodni trije.

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Five Hundred and Seven Mechanical Movements

Henry T. Brown, Five Hundred and Seven Mechanical Movements

Namesto citata tokrat podnaslov:

»Five hundred and seven mechanical movements, embracing all those which are most important in dynamics, hydraulics, hydrostatics, pneumatics, steam engines, mill and other gearing, presses, horology, and miscellaneous machinery; and including many movements never before published and several which have only recently come into use.«

Ja, knjiga za navdušence nad strojništvom. 507 načrtov in opisov iz devetnajstega stoletja. Prva izdaja je izšla 1868, bral pa sem ponatis osemnajste izdaje iz leta 1896. Če vas je kdaj zanimalo, na koliko načinov se da narediti nemirko v ročni uri in kako delujejo regulatorji na parnih strojih, je to branje za vas.

Berem: Types and Programming Languages, Children of the Mind, Cooking for Geeks, Portret v sepiji

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