If you want to put your day-to-day work aside and instead want to delve into the tech you use yourself, these four books may be right up your alley. There's an exposé, two fun how-tos, and a more serious how-to.
"The Myths of Security: What the Computer Security Industry Doesn't Want You to Know" by John Viega
John Viega exposes the many myths about security, including the failure of anti-virus software, why a lot of security conventional wisdom is both wrong and dangerous, and how the security industry preys on your fears. He ought to know, as he's a security vendor himself.
Paperback: $30, Kindle: $14.39 | Get more details
"How to Be a Geek Goddess" by Christina Tynan-Wood
Face it: You spend a lot of time doing tech support for your family and friends. And chances are that if you're reading this, you're a guy, whose technobabble probably mystifies or at least frustrates the women in your life. InfoWorld's Gripe Line blogger, Christina Tynan-Wood, has put together this female-friendly, somewhat cheeky guide to personal tech that could help bridge the gender gap.
Paperback $24.95 | Get more details
"iPhone Fully Loaded, 3rd Edition" by Andy Ihnatko
Andy Ihnatko is a seriously twisted dude who happens to know his stuff when it comes to having fun with technology. This book is no typical iPhone how-to; instead, it's all about how to have fun and get cool stuff on your iPhone, full of Ihnatko's trademark humor. The new edition won't be out until after Christmas, but it's worth the wait (we've seen an advanced copy).
Paperback: $19.99 | Get more details
"Mac OS X Snow Leopard Bible" by Galen Gruman and Mark Hattersley
More and more people are buying Macs than ever, and it's amazing how many people we know have converted their families to be Mac-based. If you're about to make the switch, this tome -- written by InfoWorld's Galen Gruman and Macworld U.K.'s Mark Hattersley -- will get you up to speed on the OS that InfoWorld rates as the best. (And speaking of Mac OS X, check out John Rizzo's "Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server for Dummies," a great guide to setting up Apple's inexpensive server in both Mac-only and cross-platform environments, whether for work use or if you're thinking of getting Apple's Mac Mini with Snow Leopard Server for home use as a media server.)
Paperback: $39.99, Kindle: $31.99 | Get more details
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