Jury Duty – Time to Read!

August 27, 2003 at 9:31 pm | Posted in Books, Technology | 1 Comment

Today was jury duty day – a chance to read books I’ve been putting off. In 15 minutes, I had read Edward Tufte’s The Cognitive Style of Powerpoint and it was like pulling out of a terminal dive. I suggest all PowerPoint jockeys read this and see how we can make our next presentations better and more information-dense. It’s $7 well-spent.

I also managed to read half of Linus Torvalds’ Just For Fun. The best quote so far is in the extended entry. There is also a chapter where he takes on Steve Jobs and his RDF.

Now I may have to get his other books, especially The Visual Display of Quantiative Information. I’ve realized that the quality of my communications at work has been going downhill recently. I think a conscious effort to learn from Tufte’s comments will help me write and communicate better.

Linus Torvalds’ Just For Fun quote:

   ... he wasn't even the least bit interested in
   meeting the guy (Bill Gates). "There wouldn't
   be much of a connection point," he reasoned,
   "I'm completely uninterested in the thing that
   he's the best in the world at. I couldn't give him
   advice in business and he couldn't give me
   advice in technology."

How very true.

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  1. Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.

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