My colleagues Jon Box and Josh Holmes told me that Charles Petzold will be speaking at the Memphis Day of .Net next Saturday (November 10th), which is a free event put on by the Memphis .NET User Group. If you have worked with Microsoft technologies for the last 15 years and you have not read a Charles Petzold book then you have been missing out on what of the best technical authors for the platform. He is one of the most prolific authors (he has written literally dozens of books) and he does not just “crank out” books, his are usually considered the definitive books on the topic. I am currently reading his book, Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software and I am only about 25 pages into it, but it is a fascinating book and it is quite different than the reference books that you might be used to from Charles.