A book, Program or be Programmed, has the premise that if you want to control your systems rather have them controlled by others it’s best to learn some programming. There are also 10 Commands for coping in the Digital Age. A little learning can go a long way.

Lifehacker has a series on this topic of programming to help get started.

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Programming 101

Learn to code Part I

Learn to code Part II

Learn to code Part III

Learn to code Part IV

Learn to code Epilogue