Win a book contest – PostgreSQL Backup and Restore How-to

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Around the time that Xzilla wrote about the book, Packt contacted me and asked for a review.

Since I generally don't really read technical books, I declined the offer, but Sandy from Packt was very persistent, and asked if I could inform about book giveaway contest.

The book is definitely PostgreSQL related, and Xzilla suggested to check it out, so here it goes:

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“PostgreSQL: Up and Running” by Regina Obe and Leo Hsu

Around a week ago, I got mail saying that authors wanted me to have their book. For free. That's relatively important because getting things for free means you should pay for it in other way (that's my position, it was not suggested in any way in the mails). Plus – I generally never read technical books (really – I just don't), so there was no chance I would get it myself, if it wasn't gifted.

After some mails I got mobi version of PostgreSQL: Up and Running.

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What would Roy Merritt do?

Some time ago, I was listening to This week in tech and I heard Leo Laporte raving about book Daemon by Daniel Suarez. Did some research, got the book, read it. Relatively soon I heard that there is second part – Freedom ™ (polish comment: czemu polski tłumacz wywalił to “tm" z tytułu?!). Of couse I read it too. Well – it's more like devoured it as I found it simply amazing, and read it all in one go.

Today, I got information from alerts that somebody wrote about it on blog. Went to read, and was astounded to read this sentence:

Turns out it’s only half the story because there is apparently a sequel. I don’t think I’m going to read the next book.

(this is about Daemon).

Well, I did comment there, but just in case, and for Google purposes let me put my answer in here:

Freedom ™ is not a sequel in common meaning of the word. Personally, I think about them as of single text with single story, that was just printed (for whatever reason) as two separate volumes.

Personally I found Freedom ™ much more enjoyable, as it takes the ideas presented in Daemon much further. Daemon is short-time extrapolation “what-if", with common gadgets, and todays technology (well, after some tweaking). Freedom ™ shows what it can lead to – it's social and political consequences.

So, if you haven't yet read these books – go get them. And if you, for some unknown reason, read just the Daemon – get also this “sequel".

Just one warning – if you read Daemon long ago, and now you'll get Freedom ™ – reread Daemon first, as Freedom ™ is literally next part of the same book – with no re-introduction, reminding of events, people, items – nothing like this.

If you don't understand the tile – well – get the books 🙂