I admit it. When Brian Aker first told me "You can't grep a dead tree," I thought he wanted to protect forests. Several years later, I realized how important it is to publish well-edited, comprehensive technical materials in electronic formats.
Brian also invited me to an early RSS meeting. I didn't recognize then how important syndication feeds would be; I saw them as a lightweight way to send headlines from one site to other sites. I didn't realize how soon they'd become a preferred way of finding and reading information online.
You may have noticed that we're revising and revamping O'Reilly's web publishing recently. We've concentrated mostly on backend improvements to give us more flexibility to publish more effectively and to allow you to find what you want to read more efficiently. In particular, we're working hard so that you can display to present information by topic and subject area -- so you can customize exactly what you want to read, and how. That's not just through our website, but through syndication feeds as well.
We spend a lot of time updating our site, and we spend a lot of time agonizing over which book or article or course to feature where. Yet there's one question we need to ask regularly. How do you find what's most useful and interesting?
Changes take time and resources. That's why we want to know what you think. This short survey will take five minutes, and we'll randomly draw three winners from every completed entry. (We won't use the email address for anything other than notifying you if you win.)
This survey closes on 07 November 2008. It's simpler than voting for president or congressperson. What could be easier? Take the survey now!