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I bought this book (Green Computing and Green IT Best Practices) without the benefit of a recommendation, review or preview. As soon as I opened it, I was puzzled but the introductory comments: "This book is not about Green IT's best practice and standard details. Instead it introduces you to everything you wanted to know to be successful with Green IT". The title includes "best practices".
I read one or two articles and within 5 minutes I knew I was wasting my time and money. It supposedly sets out 100 'success secrets'. Each 'secret' is almost exactly 1 page long with a few more lines which go onto the next page. Thus 100 'secrets' manage to fill almost 200 pages. The 'secrets' have fancy sounding names like "Organisation change management: catalysing change through policy and example", but then go on to provide some generalised 'piffle' which does nothing to support the title or provide any value to the reader. Often these 'secrets' overlap each other in the very general content and often have little or no relationship to Green IT. eg:
"Grid Documentation in ppt Format: In every project that is completed, it is mandatory that a documentation is provided to the project owner.Read more ›
I made the mistake of buying this book without reading any reviews. I am not a book-guru, but I've read a lot of books in my time. I have to admit, this is the worst. Bad English, misleading content, and classic starting paragraph that states this book is "not" about Green IT Best Practices (part of the title).
It's Christmas, it's cold, and I'm throwing it in my fire for comfort.
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I wish I had scrolled down and read the reviews before purchasing. I can't imagine reading this book after reading the first 2 page chapter: "The Role of the Computer Consultants in Propagating Green Computing." The language is stilted and no money or time was spent on proof reading. Here is a nonsensical passage from the first page of text, page 12:
"Thus, the need to educate and these people about green computing is a necessity in order to fully maximize the people's awareness regarding the study on how they can save computing resources for their computing activities."
I am hoping to return this book. I can't believe Amazon can sell this for $18!! There are no footnotes, no references, and as the previous reviewer noted, no information about the author. I use that term author loosely.
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