his page features some items that I enjoy and you may also enjoy. I will not become an advertising junkie on this site - I just wanted to put some links on the site that will help me offset my costs. Frankly, I'm addicted to $50 computer books, so every purchase you make through this page helps me out personally and does not cost anything extra to you.
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irst, here is a link to a great credit card offer (in my opinion). It has no annual fee, pays 3 points for every Amazon dollar you spend, 1 point for all other purchases, and only takes 2,500 points to get a $25 Amazon gift certificate. Best of all, you will get $20 to spend for simply signing-up! Just fill-out the application and when you're approved (it took about 15 minutes for me), they will add the account number to your Amazon account and the $20 gift certificate will be available when you use the card for your next purchase. I use this card personally, so I know it works!
inally! The movie studios have decided to release the awesome Indiana Jones movie collection on DVD!!! I've been waiting for this for YEARS and it's finally happening - I'm ecstatic! It should be released on November 4th and will consist of FOUR discs - the 3 movies and an additional content disc (subject to change). Now available for order at an excellent price!
ovies, Books and Other Goodies I personally recommend - you can tell a lot about me from this list ;^)
Triumph of the Nerds - an incredible PBS documentary on the beginnings of the personal computer industry. This is easily one of my favorite shows to watch since it features interviews with the real stars of the industry. This is not a drama - it's a documentary. Every time I watch this movie, I get pumped to start some kind of company, but alas, I'm lazy and therefore not a millionaire CEO :^) This is based upon the Accidental Empires book by Robert X. Cringely (who hosts this DVD). Also available: VHS version.
Casino - Re-live the heyday of Vegas where the mobsters ran the casinos and corruption was rampant. This movie is visually excellent, has plenty of violence :^) and is a good story to boot. Plus, I love Vegas... Also available: VHS and VHS Widescreen. BTW, I'm watching it right now while I'm working on this page!
EverQuest - What can I say - this is the most addictive game I've run across (check the News on the main page!) It's a role-playing game that takes place in a persistent online world that runs 24 hours a day. There are over 100 zones (areas) to explore and literally thousands of swords, armor, magic spells, etc. you can attain. The picture links to the Trilogy which includes the base game, the Ruins of Kunark expansion and the Scars of Velious expansion. Other EQ goodies available: Shadows of Luclin expansion, Planes of Power expansion, Legacy of Ykesha expansion, EverQuest for the Mac, and EverQuest for the PS2.
Fire in the Valley - an excellent non-fiction book about the beginnings of the personal computer industry with a focus ont the battle between Steve Jobs (Apple) and Bill Gates (Microsoft). This book was the basis for the TNT drama Pirates of Silicon Valley.
Startup: A Silicon Valley Adventure - this is one of my favorite books (I've read it at least 3 times). The author, Jerry Kaplan, was the founder of the Go Corporation that created the first pen-based computer. During the creation of the company, Jerry kept daily notes and log entries which he used to write this book. For people like me, this book provides incredible insight into what it's like to start and run a high-tech startup. If you've ever dreamed of starting your own tech company, this book is a MUST-read!
Zap! The Rise and Fall of Atari - This is a reprint of the original book from the late 80's (which I own). If you're a video gamer who grew-up in the golden-era of the arcades (Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Tempest, Joust, Moon Patrol, Star Castle, Gyruss, and countless others) then you'll likely enjoy this book. It chronicles the life of the eternal Atari Corporation who was mostly responsible creating the arcade craze. I'm an Atari nut - if you are, buy this!
The First $20 Million is Always the Hardest - A fictional story that takes place in Silicon Valley. It's a fun, lightweight read.
Accidental Empires: How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions, Battle Foreign Competition, and Still Can't Get a Date - This is the book that the Triumph of the Nerds TV documentary was based upon. I've read this several times - each chapter covers one company or major event in computer history. This makes it easy to just read various chapters as you feel like it. This was also one of my first purchases from Amazon, if not the first. Wow - it's been a while...
Mouse Tales: A Behind-The-Ears Look at Disneyland - A fun look at all the events and happenings that you'll never hear about officially from the land of the mutant mouse. Lots of stories about accidents, funny cast-member screw-ups, and other entertaining snippets.
American Mensa Guide To Casino Gambling: Winning Ways - The only how-to book on casino gambling I still read. This book is written for people who want to know WHY it's better to make a certain bet than another. It's not a dry book at all, despite the "mensa" portion of the title - it contains clear, easy-to-understand mathematical expalanations for the various games as well as great drawings of the tables and what it's like when you actually sit-down to play. If you are going to gamble, don't be uninformed - get this book and you'll understand why you should avoid certain games and how to play the "good" games properly for maximum return.
The Complete Pinball Book - A great coffee-table style book with huge, full-color pictures of games, both old and new. A fun book to leaf-through while watching TV or to have available at your "arcade parties" for guests to read.
The Prop Builder's Molding & Casting Handbook - Ever wondered how the Hollywood special effects crews make molds and castings? Ever want to make your own for use in your pinball machines or other hobbies? This is quite possibly the best "hands-on" beginner's book on the subject.
The Pirates of Silicon Valley - A drama that's based upon the Fire in the Valley book. It's not 100% technically correct, but it's very fun to watch and the actors do a wonderful job of portraying Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. Unfortunately, this is only available on VHS - I keep hoping for a DVD version, but TNT does not seem to be interested in making it.
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