“Books” category

50 People Who Buggered Up Britain, by Quentin Letts

. 739 words; about 4 minutes.
Category: Books.

This book was picked semi-randomly out of a second hand shop's three quid pile when in a rush to catch a train. The provocative title sounded interesting, and the author's name was vaguely familiar from Radio 4, so I was expecting something moderately entertaining and/or thought-provoking like Radio 4 output often is.

There is a saying that assumption is the mother of all cock-ups. Well, I really dropped a bollock here.

Railtrack and Other Letters, by John Hein

. 1041 words; about 6 minutes.
Category: Books.

I knew John Hein through some rather entertaining Usenet posts over the years. I'd formed an image of a large red-haired Scotsman who lived in a Glasgow tenement and had a bizarre fasciation with trains and telephone systems. As it turns out, I was wrong: he lives in Edinburgh.

High Performance Web Sites, by Steve Souders

. 351 words; about 2 minutes.
Category: Books.

[This post was rescued from an SQL dump of my ancient Movable Type blog. There may be conversion errors and broken links.]

High Performance Web Sites is a book about tuning web sites to make them load faster. It presents fourteen rules to follow to make a web site load faster and is essentially a dead-tree version of the "Best Practices for Speeding Up Your Web Site" page on the Yahoo! Developer Network. But now you've read the web site, do you need the book?

Egg Bacon Chips and Beans, by Russell M. Davies

. 517 words; about 3 minutes.
Category: Books.

[This post was rescued from an SQL dump of my ancient Movable Type blog. There may be conversion errors and broken links.]

Egg Bacon Chips and Beans is a book inspired by Russell Davies' blog of the same name. The book, and the site, are dedicated to British cafes (aka a "greasy spoon") and the fry-ups therein.