@rich: I've read a few of Pratchett's Discworld series and enjoyed some more than others. Of those, Going Postal was definitely my favorite as I recall.
I'm constantly amazed by the amount of research he puts in and the "hidden stuff." In Making Money he describes what is essentially a water-based analog computer used to model the financial systems of the city ... I later discovered that this was based on a real-world machine!!!
@Rich: check out the comic masterpiece Good Omens by Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.
I agree -- that is a BRILLIANT read. Are you a fan of Pratchett's Discworld series? I know he is not well, and also that he's been working on other projects, but I really hope he does the one where "Moist" takes over the Tax Department (as a follow-on to Going Postal and Making Money)
@Garcia: I'm working on it, but is a hard task... maybe I'll try to start changing my bad habits with the next book I'm going to read!
If you work on giving up we'll all be rooting for you. With regard to a good book -- if you like Science Fiction I'm currently reading Existance by David Brin; if you enjoy a good fantesy that I LOVED Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.
@Garcia: ...and a load of tobacco, rolling paper, etc. -- time flows slowly when you are reinstalling an OS or compiling a huge application!!
Interesting idea to carry the systems on USB sticks and then just use whatever computer is handy -- it speaks to a day in the future when everything is in the cloud -- but it wouldn;t work for me at the moment.
Re the tobacco .... STOP .... one of my friends who smokes was just rushed to hospital a couple of weeks ago with a breathing attack -- he wa sin for about 10 days -- at one point they didn;t think he was going to make it -- now he's back at home with a portable oxygen tank -- they don;t know if he will ever be able to go back to workm, and he's only 58 years old. Instead, carry a good book around with you for when time is flowing slowely :-)
@Brian: You have a laser? Or an exploding fake moustache?
Funny you should ask about the moustach. One evening at Design West 2013 I was invited by a company to an evening event that featured the "Moustache Camera" that was at the show -- by some strange quirk of fate I just happened to have a carved wooden moustach on a stick in my backpack (I always carry one in case of emergencies :-)
Wow, Max!! You should be a tough man for carrying such amount of stuff around!! LOL
I always carry a leather handbag with all my stuff inside, but instead of carrying my own electronic devices, I carry a kit to fix -- or "parasitize" -- other people ones. Let me explain:
* 3-4 USB aimed with diferent bootable live OS images -- both 32 and 64 bits!!
* 1x 500GB USB external disk loaded with tons of useful software, including Virtul Box and virtual disk images ready to be played in any virtualization platform -- I've come to the conclusion that having my workspace in a virtual disk is very useful for making back-up copies and when you use to switch from one machine to another.
* An old S60 Nokia with integrated sliding keyboard -- yes it's an old device, but I've a lot of custom C apps running on it that I want to keep available!
* 1x MicroSD to USB conversor
* USB to PC cable
* 1x standard MicroUSB Charger
* ... and a load of tobacco, rolling paper, etc. -- time flows slowly when you are reinstalling an OS or compiling a huge application!!