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Geek book (UNIX Power Tools review)

<p>My copy of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0596003307/qid=1036808348/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/103-7303841-3796615?v=glance&#38;s=books">UNIX Power Tools</a> (Third Edition) arrived today.  And it&#8217;s embarrasing how excited I was when it arrived.  Newly updated to acknowledge the existence of OSX and the huge presence of Linux, it is an ADD sufferer&#8217;s worst nightmare&#8212;over a thousand pages of tips &#38; tricks, code snippets and info for the UNIX user.  You find yourself making one cool discovery after another, then get involved in a chapter that&#8217;s way over your head but you still feel like you&#8217;re learning something.  Then you skip to another page and learn some other thing.  Then you wish you had a good content management system to file all this stuff away, because you feel the discoveries you made at the beginning of your session are falling off the back of the memory tailgate as you make new ones.   (I&#8217;ll tell ya, this book in digital form with a Google-powered front-end?  Now THAT would be something else!)</p>

<p>At $70, it&#8217;s expensive, but let me say two things about that.  One, this book has at least one useful suggestion per page, not hundreds of &#8220;history of UNIX&#8221; pages, or basic stuff, or ridiculous margins that only fit half the words/images they could.    Second, I got mine for 30% off at Amazon.  Not bad for all that&#8217;s inside it.</p>