I know I have been quite away from this blog. Keeping the details for other times many already know I was moving from Abu Dhabi to Sydney and joining th great consulting company, Readify.
But this post is not about that, it’s about the work that has been going during the last month (where I was one of the least involved for honesty) to evolve EgyGeeks as we paused the bi-weekly meetings after Ramadan.
We thought we can even reach more of you out there by trying a different model than online sessions and open talks. That is recorded podcasts.
We are trying this for the first time, trying to simulate the normal tech talks I and you always talk about when we meet a friend developer even if meeting in a cafe with no technical topics in mind. Let’s see if it makes any sense…
The first “published” episode, Pilot, is mainly around the new Windows Phone 7 stuff. Check out the podcast landing page.
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SitePoint, a well-known publisher of nice easy-but-deep books in web design and web related stuff, has celebrated the end of the world cup (and the fact that Spain has won) by putting an ebook of one of their titles for FREE (“jQuery: Novice to Ninja”, 407 pages) – only for 24 hours (which I don’t know starting what hour, so, go quick!)
Yes, I won a FREE print book. Filled in my shipping information yesterday and got the post that confirms my order was being processed. Feels so real! I’m even asked to give testimonials after receiving the book, which I will…
There is a trick in here. The option for books is only available from my wish list prior to the random drawing. I didn’t pay enough attention to this earlier, so, had a very small wish list of just “sample” books in it. Some of them I already had as ebooks. This was not very right.
I also tried to choose another book, add to my wish list, and go back to choosing again, but, as mentioned, only the books added prior to wining were there. Makes sense though!
You Can Win Too!
Now, I can recommend those people even more! They emphasize completely on showing how real this is, and I seem to believe them so far.
This should work best when you want to get some project for read-only access or very few commits from your side, when this project has a very long history you are not really interested in. Of course you wouldn’t want to use that if you are leading (or a main committer to) a project hosted at GitHub.
Just noticed this great website for free printed technical books, with free shipping included.
Of course as you know, the sky doesn’t rain gold. Simply this is an advertisement based website (you may have expected it), and advertisement sponsor those books.
Every month they make a drawing for all registered users to choose which ones they’ll send free book. You go, register,, and choose your wish list, and hopefully be included in the drawing for a soon month!
Not bad given you don’t have to do much effort for getting in.
This is the registration link, through my reference:
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