Books Read in 2018

I made it a goal a few years ago to read more, like I used to when I was much younger. I’d read all the time, but at that time my topic selection was limited to Science Fiction and, well that’s all. I have been broadening my selections a bit since then. I’ve explored the vast world of fantasy in 2016-2017, and then moved on to self discovery, philosophy, self-help, some classics, etc. 2018 was a good year for reading for me 🙂

  • The Man in the High Castle – Philip K. Dick
  • The Integral Trees – Larry Niven
  • Real Artists Don’t Starve – Jeff Goins
  • The Anatomy of Peace – The Arbinger Institute
  • Addiction, Procrastination, and Laziness – Roman Gelperin
  • Insecure in Love – Lesli Becker-Phelps PhD
  • Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging – Sebastion Junger
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life – Mark Manson
  • Walden – Henry David Thoreau
  • Meditations – Marcus Arelius
  • Declutter Your Mind – Barrie Davenport
  • The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, #1) – N.K. Jemisin
  • Roadmarks – Roger Zelazny
  • Good News – Edward Abbey
  • Seveneves – Neal Stephenson
  • Artemis – Andy Weir

Technical Books

  • Docker: Up & Running
  • Terraform: Up & Running
  • Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship

Docker putting downloads behind a login wall

In regards to issue https://github.com/docker/docker.github.io/issues/6910, Docker putting links to download Docker CE behind a login wall. The comment thread is long, and people are, in my opinion, rightfully put out by the move.

Yeah, the issue is that they are not being transparent or real about the reasons why they put the download behind a login wall. All they needed to do was tell the truth, and then this wouldn’t be an issue. As it is now, they used marketing double speak and it came off disingenuous, and imo, rather pathetic.

I know that this can feel like a nuisance, but we’ve made this change to make sure we can improve the Docker for Mac and Windows experience for users moving forward.

This is simply not true.

They are not doing this to improve the experience of users, as has been explained several times in the comments. No, they are doing this because they are scrambling to collect data to figure out how to monetize a closed source product that they gave out for free. Now the expectation in the community is that the product is free which puts them in a weird position. However, honesty and transparency will go a lot further than lies and deception do in these sorts of things. Just gotta be honest with your user base. There is no harm in that. A simple message like; “hey so we messed up and in order to continue to provide Docker and support etc, we need to 1) understand the user base that is downloading the docker tools, and 2) identify ways to generate revenue to continue to develop and support the tools while maintaining a free core product. In order to do this we want to collect some data using these methods…” and so on. I’d have so much respect for a company who could say those things.

Maybe I am reading a lot into hiding the link, but at the end of the day if it feels sneaky and shady, it probably is. I do not trust that they actually had the users experience in mind when making this change. Therefore, I do not trust Docker, and would seriously consider the alternatives for my future endeavors.