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

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Based on a popular column in MAKE magazine, this book concentrates more on the people who make things, than the things themselves. For those not familiar with MAKE, it is concerned with hobbyist projects, preferably electronic, preferably based on junk and scrap. Best of all, the magazine loves oddball projects. Ninety-one of the best of these off-the-wall inventors are featured here. From people who build almost full-scale submarines, to automated cocktail dispensers, to necktie tying machines, to a paper steam engine, to a pedal powered canoe. Lots of robots are included. OK, it's fun. Is it important? Yes, possibly it is. Creativity is always needed, and any exploration of what inspires it can be useful. (And the gadgets themse... Rest of this review on the detail page
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First of all: yes, I am a system administrator in my dayjob. So I have a personal interest in reading this book. Thomas Limoncelli is a system administrator himself and writes from experience, and knows his audience and how to approach them. Using a bit of humor, good examples and some persuasion he convinces the reader to organize his work better and spend less time worrying about not having enough time. A good book for any system administrator.
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The excitement described by Carey Bunks when he first beheld the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) in 1996 is palpable when you hold Bunks's new book in your hands. The phantasmagoric image on the cover of Grokking the GIMP: Advanced Techniques for Working with Digital Images melds a photograph of the moon's surface from a high orbit with an apparent solar eclipse by the earth. A penguin floats discretely in a hot air balloon between sun-earth and moon. Is the sun-moon-earth image a bit of the penguin's imagination? Is it a piece of GIMP artist/developer Tuomas Kuosmanen's imagination? Maybe it is really a credit to the visionaries at New Riders who have produced an art book to suit the computer how-to market. "Grokking" is a Robert Hei... Rest of this review on the detail page
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