Free technology ebooks from Packt Publishing

Free technology ebooks from Packt Publishing

If you have the appetite for learning about technology, be it a venture into Raspberry Pi as a hobby or programming your first mobile app, check out the free technology ebooks offer from Packt Publishing. Once a day, a new ebook from the publisher’s catalogue is offered for free. All you need is to create an account to claim the free ebook. You can read the ebook online or download it in PDF, ePub or Mobi format.


2048 Game

Created by Gabriele Cirulli as a programming exercise, 2048 is in essence a web clone to Threes puzzle game for iOS. The idea is to use arrow keys on your Mac or swipe on iDevices to move the titles. Tiles with the same number will merge and add up when collide. Goal is to reach the “2048” tile. Be warned, this game could be addictive.

Linux Foundation is offering $2,400 “Introduction to Linux” course free and online at edX this summer

Linux Foundation is offering $2,400

Linux Foundation has announced that it is offering its usual “Introduction to Linux” foundation course at online learning site edX. The course (costs $2,400 usually) will commence this summer, is free of charge and you can start enrol now

“Our mission is to advance Linux and that includes ensuring we have a talent pool of Linux professionals. To widen that talent pool and give more people access to the opportunities in the Linux community and IT industry, we are making our training program more accessible to users worldwide.”

edX is an online learning platform governed by Harvard and MIT universities. This is the first time Linux Foundation is offering its course outside its own website. The course is about 40-60 hours, there is no prerequisites and you can take the course for a certificate of completion.

Linux is the third most popular desktop operating system outside of Windows and OS X. It is also used heavily by servers running internet websites. It shares some history lineage with OS X/iOS by being similar to the Unix operating system. Some knowledge and familiarity with Linux might be beneficial in your line of work, and you will find some aspects of OS X works the same way as Linux. Take a closer look at this introductory course, it might be suitable for you.

Microsoft Office Online is free

Microsoft Office Online is free

Microsoft recently rebranded its Office Web Apps as Office Online, and the free option is now prominently showcased. Microsoft definitely wants you to signup to its paid subscription plan, and that’s why many do not realise that there is a free plan.

Office Online is Office on the web, similar to using Pages/Numbers/Keynote at or Google Docs. It is free and you can only use the online version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and you can not save documents to your local computer. You need to subscribe to the $9.99 per month Office 365 Home Premium plan if you want a local installed copy of MS Office, access Office on your smartphone and offline storage. If you have no other choice but to use MS Office, checkout the various available MS Office options.