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Reference books about computer related subjects (system administration, programming).

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In "How to Buy a Computer" (see reviews), White did a bang up job of tackling the oft attempted task of specifying what is helpful and what is hype when it comes time to walk into a computer store. This time out, he takes on the equally crowded field of computer upgrading (plus a little troubleshooting and repair) and does an even better job. As White points out, adding bits and pieces to your computer is not rocket science. With a multi-tip screwdriver and some care about static electricity, in most cases it is a heck of a lot easier than changing the oil in your car (as well as a lot cleaner). You may have to twiddle software until you are ready to scream in order to get the new hardware to work, b... Rest of this review on the detail page
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How will low-income communities be affected by the waves of social, economic, political, and cultural change that surround the new information technologies? How can we influence the outcome? This action-oriented book identifies the key issues, explores the evidence, and suggests some answers. Avoiding both utopianism and despair, the book presents the voices of technology enthusiasts and skeptics, as well as social activists. The book is organized into three parts. Part I examines the issues in their socio-technical, economic, and historical contexts. Part II--the core of the book--proposes five initiatives for using computers and electronic communications to benefit low-income urban communities: to provide access to the new technologies in... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Though plenty of working computer consultants would argue that you can't teach their trade in a book, author Alan Simon takes a stab at it. In this book the experienced consultant shares tales from the field and lessons he's learned, saving you the trouble of learning them the hard way.That's not to say that this book represents a consultancy-in-a-box. Any business endeavor is going to involve trial, error, waste, and second thoughts. Simon's book merely increases the odds that successes will outnumber failures and that your new business won't die of honest mistakes in its critical early years. Furthermore, Simon does not (and cannot be expected to) impart any technical knowledge through these pages. If you're even thinking about becoming a... Rest of this review on the detail page
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For the most past, this is the usual extremely simplistic presentation that doesn't quite explain what a computer is or does. Computer teachers and those who browse the computer sections of bookstores are bound to have seen others of the same ilk: fossilized lists of types of software and the inevitable reference to the CPU (Central Processing Unit) as a computer's "brain". This work does, however, show some promise. There are occasional flashes of creativity in the explanations, such as the illustration of DOS as a librarian of applications (. 178). (How about multitasking? Okay, so we can't push an illustration too far.) copyright Robert M. Slade, 1997
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The title of this scholarly yet remarkably accessible slice of contemporary cultural history has a whiff of paradox about it: what can it mean, exactly, to say that we humans have become something other than human? The answer, Katherine Hayles explains, lies not in ourselves but in our tools. Ever since the invention of electronic computers five decades ago, these powerful new machines have inspired a shift in how we define ourselves both as individuals and as a species. Hayles tracks this shift across the history of avant-garde computer theory, starting with Norbert Weiner and other early "cyberneticists," who were the first to systematically explore the similarities between living and computing systems. Hayles's study ends with artificial... Rest of this review on the detail page
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