books I read 2020
Once when I picked up a book from the local library, the librarian asked to tell her what I thought about the book when I would bring it back. Well, why not write a few lines about all the books I read so everybody could see what I thought about it? I'm often also happy to have friends recommend a certain book or tell me this and that is not really worth reading. I won't comment about the tons of books I have read so far, but about books I read from now on.
Of course, the book describes what happened in the summer of 1883, when the volcano Krakatoa ferociously blew apart and completely vanished. However, it is not only the event itself, the how and what, but also why this happened and how it affected not only the environment, but also the people, why and how it changed science, what effects this disaster potentially had on politics and religion... Some of the effects were not even local, but in other parts of the world. To understand some of the effects, it is important to understand the situation before this dramatic eruption and how this situation came to be, which is presented as well. Winchester goes into botanics, plate tectonics, trade, Dutch colonization, and more; all the time making the presented information approachable and interesting to read.
All in all, Ristić offers a very valuable guide for anybody who occasionally has to deal with SSL/TLS certificates. The guide is short enough to easily find what you need and even to read everything in a relatively short time. At the same time it is comprehensive enough to be useful in many situations.
A guide like this would have been helpful way back in the days when I designed a simple PKI for an enterprise. And I can recommend it to anybody who needs to create certificate or certificate sign requests on the command line without any special tools.
Even though the author claims to have lots of experience with designing systems around (transaction) logs at LinkedIn, he never gives any technical advice or hard facts on how to interconnect various systems, not even on how to structure the messages you are passing between the systems. Working more than 25 years in IT building various company-wide systems and services myself, I have read dozens of books published by O'Reilly and have come to appreciate this publisher for their high quality technical books. This book definitely does not even come close to the standard I have come to expect from O'Reilly. I ♥ Logs is more suited to a blog post or one of the cheap write-ups found with some other publishers.