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A Headhunter's Guide to Tech Careers

December 2013
A Headhunter's Guide to Tech Careers

You wouldn't be reading this if you didn't love tech. But that doesn't mean you love your job, does it? We may be able to help.

City headhunter and sometime IT director Dominic Connor has been advising, delighting and often infuriating career minded Reg readers for years with his advice on topics as diverse as your rubbish CV, how to rank workplaces by the quality of their coffee, and the likelihood of making the jump from spreadsheet jockey to bank-crashing rogue trader (easier than it seems apparently).

We've pulled together the cream of Dominic's output and wrapped it up in a career enhancing ebook. You get the full cycle of advice - from writing your resume to how to tell your boss just where to stick his job, it's all here. We also have diversions on topics from making the jump to contracting, to which antediluvian IT skills could make you cash in the future.

If you're contemplating your first rung on the IT ladder, or just want to make things better where you are, this could be the best few quid you ever spent.

Geek's Guide to Britain 2013

December 2013
Geek's Guide to Britain 2013

Over the last year, Reg writers have been travelling the length and breadth of the UK, to visit some of the most iconic sites in the nation's tech history. The Geek's Guide series has seen us grab for the controls at Jodrell Bank, climb both the BT Tower and the National Lift Testing tower, and probe the techy past of sexy celeb chef Nigella Lawson.

Now we've assembled our progress so far into a single ebook. So, whether you're stuck on a slow train to Reading, or grabbing a quiet moment over Christmas, you can contemplate just how much techy goodness the UK has given the world AND plan a summer road trip that doesn't go anywhere near Alton Towers.

50 Years of James Bond

November 2013
50 Years of James Bond

James Bond turned 50 last year. Or at least the celluloid version of Ian Fleming's thuggish gentleman spy did. To celebrate, we let loose a whole DB5's worth of features, and now we've brought them together in a single volume for your favourite ereader. From Bond's likely real life career path, to the secrets of mixing that perfect Martini to the ins and out of doing a three point turn in an Aston Martin when you're stuck down a country lane, we cover all the essentials of Bond life. We also speak to the stuntmen who brought some of the most fanciful flights of Ian Fleming's imagination to gut-wrenching, adrenaline pumping life, and contemplate just how feasible some of Fleming's plots were.

So whether you're looking to something to linger over while sipping a Martini, or to hold on to when you're on the edge of seat on the 7.54 to Waterloo, this is the Bond-based ebook for you.

50 Years of Dr Who

November 2013
50 Years of Dr Who

Just two TV programs have matched Doctor Who for endurance and survival: Coronation Street and Blue Peter. But neither of them features aliens, time-travel, computerized dogs or sassy companions. So, it was the Doctor who got the full 50 year treatment in The Register this November. From an "I was there" review of the first episode, to the sound and special effects, to the Doctor's influence down under, we covered it all.

Now we've gathered all our Tardis-related content into a tidy ebook, so you can enjoy the Doctor's 50th anniversary all over again - even if you don't have your own time travelling machine.

Antique Code Show - The 1980s

Lucy Orr and Andy Davies
March 2013
Antique Code Show - The 1980s

This first collection of the best of Antique Code Show casts us back to the 1980s, from the early days of 8-bit gaming on classic home micros like the Sinclair Spectrum, the BBC Microcomputer and the Commodore 64, through the arrival of the first modern games consoles like the Nintendo Entertainment System, and into the PC gaming era at the end of the decade.

Antique Code Show brings so many classic games, some well-known, others barely remembered, back to life with the memories of writers who played them - sometimes almost endlessly - back in the day, and love them still. Hopefully, this collection will make you recall the affection you had for them too.

Antique Code Show - The 1990s

Lucy Orr, Andy Davies and Tony Smith
March 2013
Antique Code Show - The 1990s

This second collection of the best of Antique Code Show casts us back to the 1990s as games began to explore and develop new genres beyond those inherited from the arcades. The decade saw the debut of the point-and-click adventure, the role-player and the god game, represented here, respectively, by such classics as The Secret of Monkey Island, System Shock and Sid Meier’s Civilization.

Antique Code Show brings so many classic games, some well-known, others barely remembered, back to life with the memories of writers who played them - sometimes almost endlessly - back in the day, and love them still. Hopefully, this collection will make you recall the affection you had for them too.

Guide To Windows Server 2012

Trevor Pott and Liam Proven
Guide To Windows Server 2012

Microsoft's Windows Server 2012 is out. For many systems administrators, the question about this latest iteration of Microsoft's server family is not "What's new?" but "Why care?".

The answer is simple: Server 2012 is as big a leap over 2008 R2 as 2008 R2 was over 2003. Server 2012 comes with some great new features. It also refines previous versions of Server to bring it past the "never use version 1.0" stage and up to parity, in features and stability, with competing offerings.

Reg authors Trevor Pott and Liam Proven deliver a great overview of WS2012 and its place in today's IT environment.

This Old Box - Part One

Austine Modine and Rik Myslewski
June 2012
This Old Box - Part One

The Register's journalists enjoy examining classic computers almost as much as playing with new ones.

This volume recounts Reg writers' adventures with vintage technology from an early 1960s nuke control system to the Commodore SX-64 to the first IBM PC. Liberally festooned with full colour pictures you'll be left wondering whether there's anything new under the Sun - not that we mention those guys...

This Old Box - Part Two

Rik Myslewski and Andrew Orlowski
November 2012
This Old Box - Part Two

The Register's journalists enjoy examining classic computers as much as playing with new ones.

This volume takes a deep look at four vintage Apple products, spanning the 1980s and 1990s. You'll be left amazed at how Cupertino's ambitions outstripped the available technology. You'll also understand how close Apple came to complete irrelevance, until something called the iMac.

A Brief History of Virtualisation

Liam Proven
January 2012
A Short History of Virtualisation

If you've ever wondered what time-sharing, multics and Unix have to do with today's hypervisor technologies, or why you should consider the global environment when planning your virtual machine strategy, they you'll want to read The Register's A Brief History of Virtualisation.

El Reg's Liam Proven takes us from IBM's early experiments, through the rings of Intel and right up to today's battles between Microsoft, VMWare, Citrix et al.

The Life and Times of Steven Paul Jobs

Rik Myslewski
January 2012
The Life and Times of Steven Paul Jobs

Rik Myslewski has followed Apple since the beginning, as a user, as editor of MacAddict, and as San Francisco editor for The Register.

In this Reg e-book he plots Jobs' career from Silicon Valley Hellion to Apple Mk 1, NeXTS, Pixar, Apple Mk II, the iPhone and Cancer. Genius? Dick? Nasty? Mercurial? The world's greatest salesman?

Rik considers all these Jobs and more in "The Life and Times of Steve Jobs".

A year long course of BOFH

Simon Travaglia
January 2012
A year long course of BOFH

Get your eyes round El Reg's collected Bastard Operator from Hell 2011

Every one of Simon and the PFY's adventures on your e-reading device of choice.

Happy Birthday Intel 4004

Rik Myslewski
January 2012
Happy Birthday Intel 4004

It's 40 years since Intel baked the first microprocessor, so celebrate by buying The Register's latest ebook, Happy Birthday Intel 4004.

El Reg's Rik Myslewski traces Intel's path from the 4004, Intel's 2,300 transistor, 10 micron wunderkind of 1971, through to the 22nm, multi-billion transistor, multi-core marvels that underpin today silicon-based world. On the way, he runs through the chip giant's biggest hits and asks a barful of Intel's top engineers when exactly we can expect the company's processors to finally supplant our puny human brains. The answer will surprise you. And don't worry, he hardly mentions Itanium at all.

The Best of the Reg 2011

Team Reg
January 2012
The Best of the Reg 2011

Too cold to leave the house? Spend the winter months picking over the last year in tech, with The Best of the Reg 2011, the choicest morsels of our coverage mechanically reconstituted, and twizzled direct to your e-reading device of choice.

The Best of the Reg 2011 pulls together some of our best writing on the biggest topics of the year, laced with some of its funniest...