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Re: Free Perl Books

by Wassercrats
on Aug 19, 2004 at 07:31 UTC ( #384199=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Free Perl Books

I heard Frys is offering a rebate for Learning Perl (maybe for any O'Reilly book) that refunds all your money. There are several bargin-hunter websites. If you find a tech-oriented one with a book section, that might be good for your list.

But beware of Frys' offer:

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Re^2: Free Perl Books
by sailortailorson (Scribe) on Oct 14, 2004 at 21:57 UTC
    Don't know if it is too late to comment on this node, but I am noticing a trend at Frys that Perl books seem to going away. I used to visit the Mayan Fry's (off Brokaw,in San Jose). Over several months their section on Perl seemed to be getting smaller and smaller. I took this to be just laziness or brief incompetence in ordering.

    Now, still more months later, I go to the Cowboy Fry's in Palo Alto (the point is, different Fry's, same trend) and I saw no Perl books there at all. When I asked one of the salespeople specifically where their Perl books are, she said "They are either not there, or are in the bargain section".

    Have you noticed anything similar?
      Your first mistake is shopping at Fry's at all. Living in Silly Valley, I'm sure you've already been regaled with epic tales of Fry's committment to customer service, from the bait-and-switch ads to the search at the door on the way out. Fry's only real feature is that they have everything. You can buy a refrigerator, a video card, and a DVD all in one place. The down side is that you can get any of these things cheaper someplace else and not have to deal with Fry's employees. Rule of thumb: 10% of Fry's merchandise is broken.

      If you need hardware, try Surplus Computer in San Jose or Action Computer in Sunnyvale or Palo Alto. Both places carry the same selection of cables and cases as Fry's for about half the price, and the staff actually know what they're doing.

      For books, try Book Buyers on Castro Street in Mountain View. Way in the back they have a nice selection of used Computer Books. I've found copies of the Camel Book for as low as $15. In bygone days I would have directed you to Computer Literacy, but post-bubble, CL is no more.

      "What do I want? I'm an American. I want more."

        I cannot agree MORE! I had boycotted Frys, after having to return FIVE -- count 'em FIVE -- modems! There's no reason in the world, a store can have this may damaged or dysfunctional items, unless they're deliberately trying to screw their customers -- into just plain giving up, and 'eating it' -- Moreover their Customer service -- is a true misnomer! They treat you like YOU'RE a criminal -- as if THEY'RE on the losing end of the transaction! They SUCK -- They SUCK -- They SUCK! People BEWARE!!
        those bastards ruined my computer. I told them the exact specks and slot I needed for ram and they sold me the wrong one! I was very specific that I needed ram for the second slot. It fried my system and they refuse to take any responsibility. The manager was also a lying ass. Do you know why they call it Fry's? Because that's what happens to your system when you install thier product.
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