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The Bozo Loop [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Kroll
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Book Description

Take a trip into the world of systems administration, programming, networking, tech support, and living in Silicon Valley. The Bozo Loop is a collection of stories from 2011 which expose the inner workings of things some people would rather keep quiet.

Inside, you can find out what it's like to be a woman working at one of the tech sector's darling companies, and when marketing doesn't match reality. See the side-effects of bean-counters arriving and starting to squeeze the life out of a formerly-vibrant engineering culture.

You're along for the ride as bad user interfaces are called out and ripped apart piece by piece. You can also see what happens when technicians mutiny and the true meaning of "Project Darkness" and "Umbrellagate", including pictures!

There are also tales of troubleshooting crazy problems for web hosting customers and rigging truly evil hacks to keep badly-designed systems running. Finally, you can learn about newer projects like the Super Trunking Scanner, and what it takes to build a system that nobody has ever tried before.

Hosers, ramrods and bozos alike, beware!


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  • File Size: 1778 KB
  • Print Length: 559 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00878S4J6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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4.0 out of 5 stars Core is good, needs more frame July 3, 2012
By Mec
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The title is a bit random, but don't let that stop you.

This book is a collection of blog posts. Bad part first: the introduction is skimpy and does not really convey who the author is or what she does and believes. And although there are sections, there are no section summaries.

The format is a good fit for Kindle -- I read a few posts at a time whenever I wanted.

In post after post, though, Kroll shows determination to get things done, plus determination to do the right thing, plus an excellent grasp of technical detail from networking to programming languages. She likes to take things apart, figure out how they work, and build new things.

It's inspiring just to know that Kroll is out there, somewhere in the valley, building systems and writing software. She is a true hacker.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Treasure March 4, 2013
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First off, I would recommend NOT buying this book unless,

1. You are a software developer or a system administrator, and you appreciate doing things right, or
2. You are highly (really highly) motivated to learn those subjects.

The Bad:
- I am a software developer and have had the word 'senior' in my title for my past three jobs. I still felt pretty stupid at times while reading this book... which says more about me than about the author or the content. Simply put, the level of knowledge the author displays can be intimidating. Rarely have I met a person who understands the depth and breadth of software development, deployment, support, and networking that the author displays. For me, this book was a slice of humble pie that I sorely needed.
- You may come out of the book feeling a bit cynical. Probably with a more realistic view of the corporate software world, though.
- The other reviews are correct about this being a collection of blog posts. I wish there was something a little more gluing the whole thing into a cohesive whole, but that is a minor detail. If I was to "review" the book as "code", I would definitely say "Ship It!" but I would leave a comment mentioning this. If the book had this quality, I would probably give it 5 stars.

The Good:
- You will learn a lot. I have made a list of topics to study as a result of reading this book.
- The book is in bite-size pieces which makes it very easy to read.
- It is fun. If you love technology, whether in and of itself or as a building block, I think you will really enjoy this book. I certainly did.

Personally, I am happy to know that there are such highly skilled and properly motivated software developers in the world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written tales from the trenches August 8, 2013
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At turns profound, funny, and depressing, an interesting glimpse into the world of "Silly Valley," web hosting, and the denizens who inhabit it all.
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By Jay
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Been following this blog and have learned so much from this writer. The code is crisp and concise and cuts through the chaff. Info within has helped me solve nearly impossible problems at work and has encouraged me to attempt to solve long-standing messes that no one else would ever attempt. Even my team noticed! Writer is a real tech ninja and wordsmith. I especially loved the comments this year on "Google's Free Food is not Free". So glad that many of her daily readers encouraged her to publish.
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Rachel Kroll lives somewhere in Silicon Valley (aka "Silly Valley") and dodges bozos for a living. She writes about life in the Valley and topics of a technical nature.

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