Great news everyone, my new technology book Understanding IT: Decoding Technology and Business will be free over Labor Day weekend (3 - 7 September)! It's actually been available on Amazon since early July, but my career took another unexpected turn so I wasn't able to get it out to everyone as early as I would have liked. However, for those of you that reviewed DAISY before Understanding IT released, I haven't forgotten - I'll be sure to make it up to you soon.
To characterize the completion of this project "exciting" would be an understatement; it was an absolute joy to write - in large part because of the talented people who helped me along the way. You can read through the process here.
In the meantime, make sure to mark your calendars and grab the ~200 page book for free this weekend. Understanding IT is meant to be a "crash course" introduction into everything IT (Databases, Statistics, IT Service Model, etc); aimed for the professional who has to carve out time on the train ride to work, or over lunch.
In other news, DAISY has been doing extremely well on Amazon, so I made it available, for free, forever. You can read it here.
A romantic comedy from the point of view of a quirky, romantic, and well-intentioned artificial intelligence, DAISY, who spices up her life of targeted advertising by playing match maker with unsuspecting users. This short story looks at the intersections of descriptive and inferential data analysis within the genres of: Social, Geolocational, Search, and Commerce; while also carrying the undertones of privacy, ethical use of technology, and - you guessed it - love.
As part of a review drive, I managed to get a handful of people to leave their honest reviews of the work on Amazon or Good reads. One particularly glowing review from Brandy over on Goodreads stands out:
It was an adorably quirky story, with intelligent themes. It exceed ed my expectations and left me smiling, both quite surprising for a short story.
You can take it just on the surface, and find it light and enjoyable. You can also ponder the much more complex and serious themes, and perhaps find yourself dealing with much more disconcerting feelings.
I wholeheartedly recommend this for people who enjoy the modern short story.
It's available free, forever (or at least as long as I have this website), here so make sure to check it out. If you like it, feel free to leave a review on Goodreads or Amazon (just disclose that you got it for free!) and check out my other short stories. If reading it on the web isn't your cup of tea, then you can subscribe to the quarterly newsletter and download a PDF of the book here.