Re: Is 3rd party info better?

Subject: Re: Is 3rd party info better?
From: Karen Kay <karenk -at- NETCOM -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 1994 23:26:19 -0800

Fred M Jacobson said:
> of any how-to books that are implicitly or explicitly critical of
> their subject system? (It might not be a good policy. Buyers
> usually want to be told that they've made the right decision -
> "excellent spreadsheet choice, sir!" If you don't know what I'm
> talking about, look up "cognitive dissonance.")

I don't look at a lot of third-party documentation, but I do know
that Don Crabb's book on Unix (I think it's called "Running Unix
(so it doesn't run you)" is fairly critical of Unix per se. His
point (as you can guess from the title!) is that Unix is infinitely
configurable, which is not so great when you're just learning it
and don't know how to do it. (This book came out about 3 months
after I had to learn Unix.:( It's a great book. Oh, and Don is a
good friend... It was nice not to have to lie when I told him I
thought it was good!)

karenk -at- netcom -dot- com

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