Today I will give you a listing of all the "green" options that are available to you.
- First... audio books. I've been asked to look into recommending some audio books that we can showcase at conference bookstores this year. I'm sure your first reaction is "not for a technical book"... and I would agree with you. But we can all benefit from a good business book or two. Most of us have ipods or something similar that we can use to listen to these audio books. I've selected 4 titles that I thought would be good to try at the conference:
- The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential
- Outliers: The Story of Success
- The World Is Flat 3.0: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century
- Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution -- and How It Can Renew America
- On the same lines are podcasts. For starters, I would suggest that you take a look at the collection listed on channeldb2.com: podcasts, but also check out DB2 Chat with the Lab, Author podcasts, and IDUG podcasts.
- If you would prefer to read, there are many books that can be read electronically. All IBM Employees have a subscription to the electronic books found on Books 24x7. You can get to this site via employee home pages. I've found that many schools are going this route as well, so if you are in school, see if they offer you a subscription to Books 24x7. All IBM Press books are on this site as are books from many publishers.
Safari Books Online is another electronic book engine. Again, all IBM Press books are here as are Pearson Education and O'Reilly titles. If you are looking for a personal subscription, the prices for Safari are pretty reasonable... and if you're lucky you can find a free trial to Safari Online.
- If you prefer smaller pieces of information, then developerWorks is for you. developerWorks has an amazing amount of content for you to read / learn electronically and for free. You'll find articles, tutorials, and more.
- Classroom education has also become "green". I've quite often mentioned ILO courses before, but if you need a reminder, ILO = Instructor Led Online Training. This kind of training fits into modern life so perfectly. With the world focusing on "green" options, is there anything more green than attending a class to upgrade your skills while staying at home? With the financial pressures that the world is currently under, everyone needs to do their part to reduce costs, but keeping skills up to date remains CRITICAL. ILO provides the same excellent transfer of skills that you've come to expect in classroom training, but it eliminates the most expensive part of taking a class: traveling.
ILO also keeps getting better. This time with new scheduling options:
* ILO Select provides targeted information in a packed lecture of three hours or less, at a much lower price than full training courses.
* ILO Flex Time offerings enable you to experience the full scope of ILO from anywhere in the world over several days so that you can balance both work and education.
These two new ILO options give you the ability to enhance your skills when and where it is convenient for you.
And lastly, more ILO classes are being added all the time. See the list of featured classes below, but make sure you check the ILO website to keep current on the latest courses that are available.
Enjoy being green :)