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Books I’m reading

While the NZ dollar has been so strong over the last few weeks, it was a great opportunity to do some shopping online on Amazon. Here are the books I’ve bought recently:

amazon-books

Geek books:

  • Active Directory, 3rd Edition by by Joe Richards, Robbie Allen, Alistair Lowe-Norris
    This is the Active Directory bible as far as I’m concerned and the 3rd edition was updated to include ADFS and ADAM as well as the AD-related changes in Windows 2003 SP1 and SP2. I’m not even close to finishing this but it’s also useful as a reference guide so I don’t feel pressured to get through it soon.
  • Microsoft Windows PowerShell Step By Step by Ed Wilson
    I haven’t started this one yet, but getting some in-depth knowledge on PowerShell is way up on my priority list.

Productivity/Life/Business books:

  • Getting Things Done by David Allen
    If you haven’t heard of this book then you haven’t been reading enough blogs. GTD is considered to be a life changing book that teaches you how to organize, process and do all the stuff that comes your way. I’m hoping that this leads to a more stress free personal and business life – I’m only a few chapters into this and can already see the light!
  • The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris
    This is another book that I first heard about through the blogosphere but to tell the truth I don’t know too much about it. Nic Wise pointed me to an interview that Robert Scoble did with the author Tim Ferris but I haven’t had time to watch it all yet. From what I understand it’s all about getting a good balance between work and home life which is something I definitely need at the moment.
  • The Dip by Seth Godin
    I love reading Seth’s blog and I learn something new every day reading about his business and marketing advice. This book takes an interesting twist on business advice by teaching you when to quit. The idea is that the top business people in the world quit before it’s too late and focus their energies on their project. I’m looking forward to reading this and hope that if I do have to quit my business venture, I don’t do it too late.

Wellington bloggers meetup

As Wanda Martha just mentioned, last night we had the first meetup of the Wellington Bloggers Facebook group (or the catchy ‘WBFG‘ for short) at the Southern Cross bar. It was great fun and quite surreal meeting bloggers in real life for the first time – especially as we already knew so too much about each other already. Unfortunately nobody thought to take any photos so I can’t post any pictures of the happy bloggers discussing blogging, Facebook, RSS, anything 2.0, and all those other cool, geeky things.

If you’re a blogger in Wellington and you’re not on Facebook – you’re missing out.

Update: Mauricio did what I couldn’t be bothered to do and linked to everyone who came along. Read his post here.

Career Advice

The Dilbert Blog: Career Advice

No, this isn’t some funny Dilbert cartoon, this is Scott Adams giving some great advice on how to be successful.

If you want an average successful life, it doesn’t take much planning. Just stay out of trouble, go to school, and apply for jobs you might like. But if you want something extraordinary, you have two paths:

  1. Become the best at one specific thing.
  2. Become very good (top 25%) at two or more things.

Back to work

Well the holidays are coming to a close so we’re preparing to head back to work tomorrow. The weather in Wellington has been a real disappointment with the coldest December on record (it’s supposed to be summer!) and so far January hasn’t been that much better.

The year ahead will bring some big changes to our life. We’re going to be moving house by the end of March so we’re looking to buy our first home. Then we’re expecting the birth of our first baby in June.

I predict a good year ahead!