Free Linux books, but hustle!

I just found out about it today, and it ends tomorrow.

This material is from Jason Cannon, who offers cheap training via Udemy and more expensive training with his own classes. I’ve never taken his full price classes, but I’d consider it, because he’s done a terrific job with what I have seen.

What have I seen? His Udemy classes on vim and Linux. I learned vim many years ago when I found myself having to use a Unix server regularly, but I picked up so many more useful tips from his docs and demonstrations. The Linux class was useful too.

This one is expensive, but sounds interesting:

What I’ve seen of his Linux training focuses on Centos, which is similar to openSUSE, which is common in enterprise settings. But there are countless other flavors of Linux, along with people willing to argue forever about which is the best.

If you have a Mac you already have unix, so there’s no problem learning basics and scripting. Obviously it’s not a problem if you are already running Linux. But Windows 10 users can play with Linux too, and on the cheap – check into the Windows Subsystem for Linux

Why Linux? You’ll find out, trust me…

More cheap books, from Packt

Packt is offering two ways to get your cheap book fix.

Mega-Bundles consist of books selected around a theme, 15 for $50.

Build your own bundles are 10 books for $40. There is a great variety to choose from, including everything this blog discusses and much more besides.

Some of the books are shortish – 100 pages or so. You can see the page counts for the individual books. Of course length and quality are two different things.

Time may be short, so check these out soon. If you recommend particular books, leave a comment.

No Starch Press books in new Humble Bundle

Get a bunch of ebooks cheap, in PDF, .mobi and .epub formats. But hustle – the promotion ends about 20 days from now, just before Christmas.

The books cover R, Python, Javascript, SQL – even F# and Haskell for you functional programming lovers. One promises Bayesian statistics “the fun way” with Star Wars, rubber ducks and LEGO – how can you possibly resist that? And for those of you who don’t foul up statistics enough on your own, there’s “Statistics Done Wrong” to help you out.

No ereader, no problem! If you’re reading this you can get one fast. The books are available as PDFs so you’re definitely covered on any machine that can read a PDF, and that’s about anything. The free Kindle app will handle the books too, with more conveniences and less obnoxious scrolling.

I usually read my ebooks on a Kindle or Nook. This gives me a nice legible screen right next to my main monitor to help me work. The Kindles will read .mobi format, Nooks like .epub. Not sure about Ipads or Google devices – haven’t tried them.

You might have to jump through some hoops to get the books loaded on the ereaders, but it can be done. I’ve done it by “sideloading”, and Kindles will let you email books below a certain size to your Kindle email account, assuming you have one.

An app like Calibre will let you convert formats and also serve as a reader on a PC or Mac, maybe even on Linux. This also makes it easier to grab code straight from the books. Yep, it’s free.

No excuses – get started!

Cheap Python book deal from Humble Bundle

Several books can be had and you can name your own price. All titles are from the No Starch Press, including the “Automate the Boring Stuff with Python” book that has a corresponding Udemy class.

Keep an eye on Humble Bundle because this isn’t the first time they’ve offered interesting Python bundles, and they have others too. You have a bit more than a week, so pounce right here!

Side hustle?

Who wouldn’t like to make a few bucks on the side? Maybe there are some small businesses out there that have no clue what to do with their data and you can help at your current stage of knowledge. Or maybe you just want some more money for school or to make ends meet, via data science skills or otherwise.

Chris Guillebeau may have the ideas you need, or be able to help you develop ideas of your own. Quoth Chris, “If you’re trying to make a big change, a hustle can help you build a foundation to move on to something else. If you love your day job, that’s great too — the hustle will provide a creative outlet and a backup plan.”

First there’s his Side Hustle book. Now he has just released 100 Side Hustles. His earlier books might be interesting too, like The $100 Startup, The Art of Nonconformity, Born for This and The Happiness of Pursuit.

You also might like his Side Hustle School website and podcast. He’s probably coming to a town near you too.

Anything you do for yourself or someone else will require you to add value. It’s useful to be able to think like an entrepreneur even if you don’t want to be one. Maybe you can apply entrepreneurial thinking in institutional settings rather than in your own side hustle or startup. Your payoff might not be financial, but you’re setting the stage for later accomplishments and opportunities.

In the words of a wise person, don’t wait for your ship to come in. Swim out to it.