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Businessplan



Businessplan
Axel Singler | 2006-03-31 00:00:00 | Haufe Mediengruppe | 126 | Subjects

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The Real Las Vegas: Life Beyond the Strip



The Real Las Vegas: Life Beyond the Strip
David Littlejohn,Eric Gran | 1999-10-28 00:00:00 | Oxford University Press, USA | 352 | United States
What images come to mind when you think of Las Vegas?

Mobsters and showgirls, magicians and tigers, multimillion-dollar poker games and prizefights; towering signboards that light up the night in front of ever more spectacular casino hotels.

But real people live here, too--over a million today, two million tomorrow. Greater Las Vegas has long been the fastest growing metropolitan area in America. And almost every aspect of its citizens' lives is influenced by the almighty power of the gambling industry.

A team of fifteen reporters led by David Littlejohn, together with prize winning photo-journalist Eric Gran, studied the "real" Las Vegas--the city beyond the Strip and Downtown--for the better part of a year. They talked to teenagers (whose suicide and dropout rates frighten parents), senior citizens (many of whom spend their days playing bingo and the slots), Mexican immigrants (who build the new houses and clean the hotels), homeless people and angry blacks, as well as local police, active Christians, city officials, and prostitutes. They looked into the local churches, the powerful labor unions, pawn shops, the real estate boom, defiant ranchers to the north, and dire predictions that the city is about to run out of water.

Proud Las Vegans claim that theirs is just a friendly southwestern boomtown--"the finest community I have ever lived in," says Bishop Daniel Walsh, who comes from San Francisco. But their picture of Las Vegas as a vibrant, civic-minded metropolis conflicts with evidence of transiency, rootlessness, political impotence, and social dysfunction.

In this close-up investigation of the real lives being led in America's most tourist-jammed, gambling-driven city, readers will discover a Las Vegas very different from the one they may have seen or imagined.
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It seems from the reviews that some people were disappointed by this book, but I really enjoyed reading the various essays. The book is a series of journalistic essays from different writers, and each one writes for about 5-7 pages on a specific topic. Some of the topics the book covers are housing/development, water, the sex industry, African Americans in Vegas, crime, growing up in Vegas, etc. Some of the essays were more serious (water) than others (sex industry), but all of them offered a nice insight into the city, especially if you've only been there a few times and have never ventured beyond the strip. I read this book a few months before moving to Henderson, NV., and thought the book was a nice way to get acquainted with the city and what goes on there. This is definitely not a book for tourists or someone planning a trip to Vegas, but more for people who live in the area, people considering moving there, or perhaps people who have visited and developed an interest in the area. It's an easy read, and an enjoyable one.
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This book is primarily written by a handful of contributors, mainly journalists and edited by a seasoned journalist and former journalism professor at the University of California-Berkeley. Because of the number of authors, the quality of the chapters vary, but in general, this was a very noble effort and a well-thought out and implemented project. The idea, according to the editor, was to demystify the resort destination and to look at it as a real, although unique American city.
The introduction by the editor is excellent, as is his epilogue, synthesizing and analyzing the content of the book.
The chapters in between discuss various aspects of the city, the educational system, the plight of the homeless, the large population of hispanic immigrant workers, the casino and sex "industries", the scarce water supply, etc. The book also attempts to discuss such things as the special characteristics of Nevadans.
Many of these chapters are very well written, and are all very easy to read. Some of the authors tend to fall into a pattern that I find particularly troublesome about, in particular, television journalism. The author is looking to make a point (for example, there are a lot of kids in the Clark County School District who use drugs). So, they interview and present the most shocking results from their interviews regarding what a few kids say about their drug use. Never mind the fact that one could have probably obtained similar comments from some kids in any other city. Reading the chapter on the schools, I would think that it is impossible to grow up in Las Vegas and to be a good kid and not drop out and go onto college. However, quite on the contrary, over the last 4 years that I have lived in this city, I have interviewed 30+ high school seniors on behalf of my alma mater on the East Coast. I have met kids who are outstanding students, have some of the highest test scores in the nation, are deeply involved in athletics, music, and community service and have never touched a drug and don't regularly hang out on the strip.
It is very difficult, I believe, as a visitor, to get a true picture of this city. The tourism economy actively attempts to create and maintain the atmosphere of "anything goes" "have fun and drink and gamble and do whatever you want" for the tourists. However, as the editor astutely notes, beyond the strip, "many conditions recorded in this book will be recognized by Americans from other states and cities..."

Beyond some of the shortcomings, this is a very well-done work. Some of the authors spent a great deal of time locally researching their work. The introspective thoughts by the editor really pull it together. As a resident, I find this book helps me to get some critical distance to evaluate the city in which I live. My only fear is that for someone not familiar with the city, the work of some of the authors may paint a uncharacteristically negative picture in some cases that does not give Las Vegas the proper perspective in these problems relative to other places.
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Having spent at least 1 week a year in Las Vegas since 1960, the scope and breadth of the "Real Las Vegas" was rewardingly real, and suprisingly interesting and very readible. Staying at the Sands Hotel in the sixties with my family and - the obvious metamorphousis of a few casinos in the desert to what is is today is a marvel and wonder. The 2 reviewers listed seemed to be looking for some explanation or reason for the diversity of L.V.. Answers. Answers - You won't find any here. The stories and straight up, direct, and frank. Real investigative insight into some of the many facets of life in Las Vegas. What I really liked about this book is it's about real people, with real dreams and disapointments. It's about a city that's grown too fast, under the stewardship of gaming, sex and power. It's about the extremes. Las Vegas is a wonderful metephore for the United States society - some are just turned off the the brash and brazen display of human nature Las Vegas encourages. You won't like all the stories, but you will find some very moving people and issues. The introduction is 1 of the best sections in the book. They had to leave out many sories because of space. I hope there's another volumn.
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The Real Las Vegas is written by a retired profesor from Berkley who, after loosing two rolls of quarters at a strip casino, is bent on teachinng the rest of us how "evil" Las Vegas really is. Among the more "enlightened" things that we simple minded people would never know about this city are: Seniors like to play BINGO. Some teens growing up in Las Vegas drink and get into trouble - some even have children before they are married! The local police department protect tourists downtown and on the strip! (Can you just imagine that?). Casinos have their own private security force, and money flows free and easy! The education system of this city (and it must be only this city) is over-crowded and under funded, and there are less expensive, and faster growing southwestern cities than Las Vegas! The book is simply not helpful and not interesting given all of the maladies this author cites are around "In spades" if you will, in other cities. I am not sure what is so Real about this book, except that it is clear this man wants his two rolls of quarters back.
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Every play needs its actors, and someone has to sweep up the hall as well. Littlejohn says that they didn't seek to focus on the negatives, but the result is that while Las Vegas may be the fastest growing city in America, both in jobs and population; it doesn't sound that appealing other than as a place to visit.

Most of the reports are glum, and sometimes downright disheartening. Sure, many cities have these problems, but most of them try to do something about it. In Vegas, if it negatively affects the Industry, then it is either ignored or swept under the carpet. It puts a dull finish on what is otherwise presented as a glittering jewel.

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Origami Aircraft



Origami Aircraft
Jayson Merrill | 2006-01-01 00:00:00 | Dover Publications | 64 | Art related
Clear instructions and step-by-step diagrams show advanced paperfolders — and enthusiastic beginners — how to construct origami aircraft that actually fly! 16 planes, among them the Bandit, Shadow, Firestorm, and Cyclone, are all made from square sheets of paper and are fully functional. The planes soar, landing gear retracts, cockpits open, and cannons swivel.
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Advances in International Accounting, Volume 20



Advances in International Accounting, Volume 20
J. Timothy Sale | 2007-08-27 00:00:00 | JAI Press | 308 | Economics
Advances in International Accounting is a refereed, academic research annual, that is devoted to publishing articles about advancements in the development of accounting and its related disciplines from an international perspective. This serial examines how these developments affect the financial reporting and disclosure practices, taxation, management accounting practices, and auditing of multinational corporations, as well as their effect on the education of professional accountants worldwide.

Advances in International Accounting welcomes traditional and alternative approaches, including theoretical research, empirical research, applied research, and cross-cultural studies.

Advances in International Accounting is now available online at ScienceDirect - full-text online of volumes 14 onwards.

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Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming



Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming
Stephen Laberge PHD | 1991-01-01 00:00:00 | Ballantine Books | 352 | Self-development
his book goes far beyond the confines of pop dream psychology,establishing a scientifically
researched framework for using luciddreaming--that is, consciously influencing the outcome of
your dreams. Based on Dr. Stephen LaBerge's extensive laboratory work at Stanford University
mapping mind/body relationships during the dream state, as wellas the teachings of Tibetan
dream yogis and the work of other scientists, including German psycholgist Paul Tholey,
this practical workbook will show you how to use your dreams to: Solve problems; Gain greater
confidence; improve creativity, and more.
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Webster's English to German Crossword Puzzles: Level 15



Webster's English to German Crossword Puzzles: Level 15
Philip M. Parker | 2006-01-01 00:00:00 | BookSurge Publishing | 120 | English
Even if you do not like crossword puzzles, you may end up loving these. Designed for mother-tongue or completely fluent speakers of German wanting to improve their English skills, the puzzles may also be entertaining to English speakers. They are formatted so that each puzzle can be solved in 15 to 30 minutes. The vocabulary gradually becomes harder across puzzles thus increasing the challenge as you progress. Each book has 100 puzzles and each puzzle covers some 30 word pairs (equaling 3000 challenges!). These are truly pleasant, if not addictive, crossword puzzles for language learning. Learning a language is always difficult. To ease the pain, hints are provided in small script at the bottom of each page, though these are selected to prevent an engineered solution to the puzzle. Full solutions are provided in the back of the book. These two features (hints and verifiable solutions), force the reader to decipher a word’s meaning and serves to improve vocabulary retention and understanding. One recent reviewer of this series noted “As a Peace Corps Volunteer … this is definitely a fun way to keep up the language skills … The series has a whole bunch of "rarely spoken" languages, widely unknown to us in the Western world.” Another reviewer notes: “Good teacher as it has words listed below that are in puzzle so the clues are there if you need them.” Public domain translations for German
contributed to Webster’s Online Dictionary used in these puzzles may have originated from uncited volunteers, native speakers, professional translators, field linguists and academics (not by the editor of the puzzles). If you would like citation for any translations, make suggestions, note errors, or contribute in any other way, please email Philip M. Parker at INSEAD, who will update this series from time to time. Reproduction rights are granted to educators.
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Principles of Language Learning and Teaching (5th Edition)



Principles of Language Learning and Teaching (5th Edition)
H. Douglas Brown | 2006-06-01 00:00:00 | Pearson ESL | 410 | English as a Foreign Language
Principles of Language Learning and Teaching, Fifth Edition, by H. Douglas Brown, is the classic second language acquisition text used by teacher education programs worldwide. Principles introduces key concepts through definitions of terms, thought-provoking questions, charts, and spiraling. New "Classroom Connections" encourage students to consider the implications of research for classroom pedagogy. An up-to-date bibliography and new glossary provide quick access to important works and key terminology in the field. The fifth edition takes a comprehensive look at foundations of language teaching through discussions of the latest research in the field, including: *Vygotsky's and Bakhtin's theories *Thorndike's law of effect *error treatment, noticing, recasts *intercultural communication *language policy and politics *corpus linguistics *"hot topics" in SLA *connectionism and emergentism *flow theory, willingness to communicate *strategies-based instruction *contrastive rhetoric *attribution theory, self-efficacy *output hypothesis Also by H.Douglas Brown: Teaching by Principles: An Interactive Approach to Language Pedagogy Language Assessment: Principles and Classroom Practices Strategies for Success: A Practical Guide to Learning English
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I've read this book, and I've taught students French at the University of Santa Barbara, I've taught students English at the University of Bordeaux in France, and I've been teaching students in Korea for four years.



I've also studied 5 languages, and I try to use what I think works for me for my students.



The basic information is fine, but I'm deeply skeptical about whether this guy actually has actually learned and become proficient in foreign languages.



I don't think you can teach a foreign language unless you have learned a foreign language, and at least have tried to learn the foreign language of the students you are teaching.



Unless you're studying Korean, you cannot teach Korean students English properly, because you'll have no idea why they make the mistakes they chronically do.



And, let's be honest: American foreign language teaching has failed epically. Americans don't learn foreign languages. Why should we trust them? Of course ESL is different but it doesn't apply to foreign countries b/c there's enormous motivation for immigrants to learn English.
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I bought this book for my Education class and I am very happy with it. Great price here on amazon. It's very easy to read, comprehensive and interesting!
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Brown's book is an excellent, comprehensive resource for TESOL students. It is professionally written and useful for language teachers.
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Given the heavy-duty subject matter, Brown's "Principles of Language Learning and Teaching" is probably about as good as it gets. It's definitely not a book of general interest, but rather a compendium of the various theories that have influenced and shaped the teaching of second languages in the 20th century. It's slow going, but after a one semester course during which I plowed through and digested the material, I've gained a general understanding of the theory behind the practice. Babyboomers like me who had an unhappy second language experience in school will smile while reading Brown's explanations of the theories of the 50's, 60's and 70's, and why so many of us became discouraged. As a teacher of ESL now, I can only say things have improved a lot. In this new edition, Brown has included a section in the last chapter on current hot topics in the field. But again, this is for professionals or students, not general readers.
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H Douglas Brown, no stranger to the TESOL community, offers scholarly information about issues in teaching English as Second Language. Scholarly language interspersed with plain English from a real person.

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Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions:Self Management of Heart Disease, Arthritis, Diabetes, Asthma, Bronchitis, Emphysema and others (Third Edition)



Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions:Self Management of Heart Disease, Arthritis, Diabetes, Asthma, Bronchitis, Emphysema and others (Third Edition)
Kate Lorig,Halsted Holman MD,David Sobel MD,Diana Laurent MPH | 2006-09-01 00:00:00 | Bull Publishing Company | 384 | Healthy Living
Filled with hundreds of tips, suggestions, and strategies, this guide offers practical medical solutions in clear language. It explains how to develop and maintain exercise and nutrition programs, manage symptoms, determine when to seek medical help, work effectively with doctors, properly use medications and minimize side effects, find community resources, discuss the illness with family and friends, and tailor social activities for particular conditions. Written by six medical professionals, this book encourages an individual approach to the process, with the ultimate goal being greater self-management. Originally based on a five-year study conducted at Stanford University with hundreds of volunteers, this work has grown to include the feedback of medical professionals and thousands of people with chronic conditions all over the world.

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I was recently diagnosed with COPD and bought this book, along with several others dealing with chronic illness. "Living a Healthy Life...." is the only book you need; a thorough, complete and very upbeat guide. The book deals with understanding the illness, dealing with depression, learning how to self-manage, specific exercises for the illness you have, medication, diet, planning for the future and much more. I refer to it almost daily.



Be aware that the book is updated regularly! I have the third edition.
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I signed up to take this Healthy Living course which involved this book. I highly recommend it to anyone with a chronic disease or anyone caring for someone with a chronic disease. It is loaded with helpful tips and information on how to live with chronic disease as well as how to exercise and eat healthy.
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The Book was as stated, and it came in good time, I wish I could get another one for

the price, thanks
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Since I have had both Lupus and HepC for 40 years, it is an informative book on how to handle the fatigue and still have energy to do fun things.
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This book is an excellent summary of current findings on several chronic conditions prevalent in our society including heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema and others. It offers many suggestions for both patient and caretaker in dealing with problems in daily living with the above mentioned diseases.

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VTC - Microsoft Visual Basic for Excel



VTC - Microsoft Visual Basic for Excel
Pravah Pugh | 2001-12-17 00:00:00 | | 0 | Video (tutorials, how-to, etc.)
Details of content covered in this:

Introduction
Course Overview (04:11)
Macros and VBA - A Demonstration (12:07)
Using Excel Online Help (05:10)
Using Visual Basic Online Help (04:47)
Locating Information Across Help Files (07:54)

Macros - the Quick Solution
Overview (03:08)
Macro Virus Protection (01:54)
Recording a Macro (08:34)
Running a Macro (06:06)
Reviewing and Organizing Recorded Code (08:16)
Changing a Macros Functionality (02:19)
Controlling Access to Macros (10:07)
Simplifying Access to Macros (03:53)
Summary (01:39)

The VBA Programming Language
Overview (02:32)
Objects and Collections (04:33)
Methods; Properties and Events (02:56)
Procedures and Functions (07:35)
Executable Statements (03:21)
Assignment Statements (04:06)
Declaration Statements (05:27)
Variables and Constants (04:00)
Scope (04:44)
Lifetime and Data Type (09:26)
Summary (00:56)

The VBA Development Environment
Overview (02:02)
Windows (08:42)
Command Bars (02:22)
The Code Window (05:25)
Margin Indicator Bar (02:52)
Code Interpretation (05:26)
Type and Status Formatting (04:36)
Entering Keywords (05:25)
Syntax Assistance (05:10)
The Project Explorer (07:28)
The PropertiesWindow (03:10)
The Object Browser (10:47)
Using the Object Browser (05:51)
Summary (00:58)

Development and Troubleshooting
Overview (02:00)
Running Code and Debug Printing (05:57)
Step Into, Break Mode and the Call Stack (05:23)
Step Over, Step Out and Run to Cursor (05:47)
Breakpoints (06:10)
Variable Values and the Data Tips Window (04:31)
The Quick Watch Dialog Box and Watch Window (10:43)
The Locals Window (03:39)
Tracking Object Variables (07:12)
Application Modes (08:07)
Exploring Application Modes (04:07)
Design Mode & Running Mode Demonstrations (05:21)
Run Time Editing and Compiling (04:21)
Summary (01:20)

Using Functions
Overview (01:41)
Using User Defined Functions (06:31)
Changing Function Categories (04:42)
Creating New Function Categories (07:07)
Formulae and the Worksheet Function Object (05:00)
VBA and Excel Function Differences (05:52)
Summary (01:41)

Code Production and Management
Overview (01:34)
Automated Placement of Statements (05:51)
Accessing Code (08:31)
Using Project References (05:47)
Saving Code (03:11)
Password Protection (05:36)
Summary (01:58)

Cell Referencing
Overview (02:45)
The Range Property and Selecting Cells (04:53)
Specifying Multiple Cell Ranges (05:51)
Qualifying Ranges Returned and Offsets (07:50)
Other Range Returning Properties (08:52)
Labels and Names (05:51)
Ranges in Other Workbooks (05:48)
Shorthand Notation and 3-D Ranges (05:21)
Summary (01:16)

Control Structures
Overview (02:40)
With Control Structure (06:53)
IF...Then...Else Control Structure (08:39)
Select Case Control Structure (08:06)
For...Next Loops (07:48)
For Each... Next Loops (06:35)
Do While...Loop and Do Until...Loop (06:59)
Do...Loop While and Do...Loop Until (02:43)
Summary (01:22)

Interacting With Users
Overview (02:46)
The Message Box (07:29)
The Message Box Constants (07:26)
The Input Box (06:40)
Object Positioning (04:57)
Quiz Example (06:35)
Protecting Users (07:57)
Summary (01:48)

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Sewing for the Home



Sewing for the Home
Cy De Cosse Incorporated | 1988-01-01 00:00:00 | Cy De Cosse Inc. | 129 | Do It Yourself
Included are step-by-step instructions for:
- selecting the right fabric, equipment and notions for all your projects
- sewing customized window treatments, including classic draperies, ruffled curtains, insulated shades
- creating twelve different styles of pillows
- dressing up your table with coordinated tablecloths, table runners, placemats and napkins
- making the prettiest bed with a comforter or comforter cover, a dust ruffle and pillow shams.
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Case Studies in Archaeological Predictive Modeling (Amsterdam University Press - Archaeological Studies Leiden University Press)



Case Studies in Archaeological Predictive Modeling (Amsterdam University Press - Archaeological Studies Leiden University Press)
Philip Verhagen | 2007-01-15 00:00:00 | Amsterdam University Press | 256 | Social Sciences
Dutch archaeology has experienced profound changes in recent years. This has led to an increasing use of archaeological predictive modelling, a technique that uses information about the location of known early human settlements to predict where additional settlements may have been located. Case Studies in Archaeological Predictive Modelling is the product of a decade of work by Philip Verhagen as a specialist in geographical information systems at RAAP Archeologisch Adviesbureau BV, one of the leading organizations in the field; the case studies presented here provide an overview of the field and point to potential future areas of research.

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Mapping Colonial Spanish America: Places and Commonplaces of Identity, Culture, and Experience (Bucknell Studies in Latin American Literature and Theory.)



Mapping Colonial Spanish America: Places and Commonplaces of Identity, Culture, and Experience (Bucknell Studies in Latin American Literature and Theory.)
Santa Arias,Mariselle Melendez | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Bucknell University Press | 302 | Americas

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Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography



Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography
Joe Farace | 2006-01-01 00:00:00 | Lark | 160 | Photography
Product Description
Cameras can capture what the eye can’t perceive: the presence of infrared light. And shooting infrared (IR) with a digital camera makes it easier than ever to create distinctively dreamlike high-contrast black-and-white pictures. Using a wealth of stunning images, this thorough resource explores the technical and creative possibilities of this unique and increasingly popular medium. Begin with the basic concepts for shooting infrared, along with an overview of equipment. Get tips on focus and exposure; IR filters; and having a camera converted to shoot specifically in infrared. Follow instructions for processing and printing the photos—including toner effects and faux color. One glance through this guide and it’s clear why infrared pictures are fun to take and beautiful to look at.

Product Details

* Paperback: 160 pages
* Publisher: Lark Books (October 28, 2006)
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 1579907725
* ISBN-13: 978-1579907723
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Everyday Practical Electronics, September 2003 ~ VOL. 32. No. 9


Everyday Practical Electronics, September 2003 ~ VOL. 32. No. 9
Wimborne Publishing | 2003-01-01 00:00:00 | Wimborne Publishing | 61 | Popular
Projects and Circuits
PIC-A-COLOUR by Nick Dossis 596
PIC your wits against a colourful code-setting master mind!
INGENUITY UNLIMITED – Sharing your ideas with others 606
Thermal Charge Monitor; Infra-red Body Detector; Divider Feedback
VIBRATION ALARM by Owen Bishop 609
Guards your property by sounding an alarm if moved – another in our
occasional Top Tenner series of simple low-cost circuits.
PRIORITY REFEREE by Owen Bishop 614
Fair play is ensured with this novel quiz monitor – another simple
Top Tenner circuit
EPE PIC MET OFFICE – Part 2 by John Becker 625
Concluding our totally solid-state alternative to sea-weed and proverbs!
PRACTICAL RADIO CIRCUITS – Part 4. Tuning systems, 640
coils and coil packs for general coverage and the amateur bands
by Raymond Haigh
More practical circuits for the set builder and experimenter
Series and Features
TECHNO TALK by Andy Emmerson 602
More Connected homes – the brass tacks about networked domestic
automation and entertainment
NEW TECHNOLOGY UPDATE by Ian Poole 618
A new hypersonic sound system is set to revolutionise the audio industry
CIRCUIT SURGERY by Alan Winstanley and Ian Bell 622
Continuing our introduction to SPICE simulation software
USING THE PIC’S “HIGH” OPERATOR by Malcolm Wiles 634
Simpler programming for segmented PIC architectures
PRACTICALLY SPEAKING by Robert Penfold 648
A novice’s guide to the tools needed for electronics construction
NET WORK – THE INTERNET PAGE surfed by Alan Winstanley 650
Broadband – will BT’s coverage ever be universal?
Regulars and Services
EDITORIAL 595
NEWS – Barry Fox highlights technology’s leading edge 604
Plus everyday news from the world of electronics
SHOPTALK with David Barrington 612
The essential guide to component buying for EPE projects
BACK ISSUES Did you miss these? Many now on CD-ROM! 616
READOUT John Becker addresses general points arising 620
CD-ROMS FOR ELECTRONICS 636
A wide range of CD-ROMs for hobbyists, students and engineers
PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD AND SOFTWARE SERVICE 651
PCBs for EPE projects. Plus EPE project software
DIRECT BOOK SERVICE 652
A wide range of technical books available by mail order, plus more CD-ROMs
ADVERTISERS INDEX 656
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The Limits Of Globalization (International Library of Sociology)



The Limits Of Globalization (International Library of Sociology)
Alan Scott | 1997-12-15 00:00:00 | Routledge | 376 | Social Sciences
This book examines the concrete manifestations of the globalizing forces operating in the world today and unpicks the rhetoric of globalization in political analysis, cultural theory and urban and economic sociology.

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Beating the Global Consolidation Endgame: Nine Strategies for Winning in Niches



Beating the Global Consolidation Endgame: Nine Strategies for Winning in Niches
Fritz Kroeger, Andrej Vizjak, Mike Moriarty | 2008-01-01 00:00:00 | McGraw-Hill; 1 edition | 300 | Finances and Money
As industries worldwide move toward consolidation, niche companies need to take advantage of strategies that are forward-thinking and anticipate new trends. Beating the Global Consolidation Endgame identifies nine key strategies that niche companies must master in order to outperform their markets and gain the largest benefits from consolidation. It draws from a landmark study conducted by global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney of more than 600,000 small to mid-sized niche companies over a 15-year period.

A.T. Kearney thought leaders Dr. Fritz Kroeger, Dr. Andrej Vizjak, and Michael Moriarty reveal nine successful Endgame niche strategies while explaining how these strategies are most viable at certain points during consolidation. In order to time the strategies accurately, all decision makers must know what stage of industry consolidation they're in, along with the implications of each stage. This ensures a company's survival and success against global consolidators.

Taking you through the Merger Endgame Theory lifecycle, the authors show you how to develop stable niche strategies by:
Determining your industry's Endgame position and expected evolution of consolidation in coming years
Identifying industry sectors with comparable models to illuminate strategic success factors for your sector
Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of Endgame consolidation winners and losers
Spotting potential market splits and new configurations for the value-creation chain
Determining the best niche options and the best sequence for executing them

These action steps are supported by case studies of leading companies around the world, including BMW, NetJets, Swatch, Ducati, and KPMG--which show how these niche fighters developed competitive advantage, survived market collapses, and delivered superior customer service while increasing their market share.
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Flow and Combustion in Automotive Engines



Flow and Combustion in Automotive Engines
Arcoumanis | 2008-11-17 00:00:00 | Springer | 420 | Electrical Engineering
Optimization of combustion processes in automotive engines is a key factor in reducing fuel consumption. This book investigates and describes flow and combustion processes in diesel and gasoline engines. The authors are eminent researchers coming from universities and industry.
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Advances in Cancer Research, Volume 99



Advances in Cancer Research, Volume 99
George F. Vande Woude,George Klein | 2007-12-31 00:00:00 | Academic Press | 450 | Internal Medicine
The Advances in Cancer Research series provides invaluable information on the exciting and fast-moving field of cancer research. This volume presents outstanding and original reviews on a variety of topics including RUNX Genes in Development and Cancer; The RNA Continent; The c-myc Promoter; Designer Self-Assembling Peptide Nanofiber Scaffolds for Study of 3-D Cell Biology and Beyond; and Dendritic Cells in Cancer. Immunotherapy

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Dynamics of Adsorption at Liquid Interfaces, Volume 1: Theory, Experiment, Application (Studies in Interface Science)



Dynamics of Adsorption at Liquid Interfaces, Volume 1: Theory, Experiment, Application (Studies in Interface Science)
S.S. Dukhin,G. Kretzschmar,R. Miller | 1995-04-25 00:00:00 | Elsevier Science | 600 | Engineering
As the first of its kind, this book provides a valuable introduction for scientists and engineers interested in liquid/fluid interfaces and disperse systems to the rapidly developing area of adsorption dynamics. It is the first extensive review available on the subject of dynamics of adsorption and gives a general summary of the current state of adsorption kinetics theory and experiments. Current progress in recently designed set-ups and improved and generalised known methods for studying interfacial relaxations is reviewed. In addition, the role of the electric charge of surfactants in the adsorption process is discussed in terms of a non-equilibrium distribution of adsorbing ions in the diffuse layer.

Present theories of the effect of dynamic adsorption layers on mobile surfaces, such as moving drops and bubbles, based on both diffusion and kinetic controlled adsorption models are described and efficient approximate analytical methods to solve the mathematical problem of coupling surfactant transport and hydrodynamics are introduced. The role of a dynamic adsorption layer in bubble rising, film drainage and film stabilisation and in complex processes such as flotation and microflotation is discussed.

Containing more than 1100 references, the book is essential reading for industrial scientists and graduate and post-graduate students in physical, surface and colloid chemistry, physico-chemical hydrodynamics, water purification and mineral processing.

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Shades of Gray: A Sholan Alliance Novel



Shades of Gray: A Sholan Alliance Novel
Lisanne Norman | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | DAW | 702 | Fiction Other
Well worth the wait, but as mentioned in other reviews readers should start with book 1 to get have the best effect. An excellent continuation of the series. As always Lisanne Norman has brought the characters to life. Will be avidly awaiting the next book though I hope not so long. I strongly recommend this series for anyone and would like to see the entire series in E-book format.
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High School Chemistry 12



High School Chemistry 12
| 2001-01-01 00:00:00 | McGraw-Hill Ryerson | 623 | Chemistry
McGraw-Hill Ryerson Chemistry 12 provides clear, well developed explanations, effective visual support, and a variety of practice problems and activities designed to inspire a sense of competence within students on the threshold of university.
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A Course in Probability Theory, Third Edition



A Course in Probability Theory, Third Edition
Kai Lai Chung | 2000-10-23 00:00:00 | Academic Press | 419 | Mathematics
Since the publication of the first edition of this classic textbook over thirty years ago, tens of thousands of students have used A Course in Probability Theory. New in this edition is an introduction to measure theory that expands the market, as this treatment is more consistent with current courses.

While there are several books on probability, Chung's book is considered a classic, original work in probability theory due to its elite level of sophistication.

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This book assumes that you have a certain degree of mathematical maturity, but gives you very thorough proofs of the basic concepts of rigorous probability. There is no hand waving here. You are expected to have followed an introduction to measure theory. Don't expect to go through this book in a term, but when you have finished it you will be able to consider yourself to be able to come up with proofs like a mathematician. In other words it will leave you with solid foundations.

I can not imagine this book being used as an introduction.

When you are finished you should be ready for a book like Foundations of Modern Probability.
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This text by Chung was one of the texts that I used when I was taking a graduate course in probability at Stanford in 1975. It is carefully written but challenging. It provides good coverage of the central limit theorem, the law of large numbers and the law of the iterated logarithm. It also covers stable laws very well. The style is one of rigorous mathematics with theorems, and lemmas given with their mathematical proofs.

The book was recently revised. The revised text does not change much but new material on measure and integration that is now commonly included in the first graduate course in probability has been added. In the 1970s at Stanford a course in measure theory was a prerequisite for the course in advanced probability although some student took it concurrently.



If you plan to get this text, the revised edition is probably worth it. If you already have this edition and know your measure theory, it may not be worth it to get the new edition.


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There are several nice books in Grad-level Probability Theory. Billingsley's "Probability and Measure" is the richest one, but somehow poor organized and unpleasant printing. Resnick's "Probability Path" serve best for those who has no time to prepare first in measure theory and Lebesque integration but sacrifice some detail in latter part of the book. If you don't have previous Real Analysis training, I would suggest read Resnick first, and then find Billingsley for reference. But if you already good at measure and integration, Kai Lai Chung's "A Course in Probability Theory" still the best textbook teach step by step without losing detail. Chung's style is friendly to self studying like Resnick, but cover more detail in latter part of the book than Resnick. Chung's book is the best companion fot typical one semester course regradless what textbook your teacher choose. In the other words , Resnick helps students significantly in first half of the semester, Chung helps in the whole semester, and Billingsley may offer best effort after you took the Probability Theory course.
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"A course in probability theory", written by Kai Lai Chung, has been referred by not only mathematicians but also mathematical economists.This book is written very rigorously, but almost all of the theorems have easy-to-understand proofs. So it is not difficult to follow. Moreover, there are lots of exercises in this book. So I do recommend this book.

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Chinese Energy Markets: Trading and Risk Management of Commodities and Renewables (Finance and Capital Markets Series)



Chinese Energy Markets: Trading and Risk Management of Commodities and Renewables (Finance and Capital Markets Series)
Armelle Guizot | 2007-12-15 00:00:00 | Palgrave Macmillan | 288 | Finance
This book reviews the supply and demand market of China's natural energy and commodities' resources. It demonstrates that China's emerging economy will require more and more resources in the future. Strategic alternatives to the exponential demand are revealed, and the impact of emerging demand on global economies is discussed.


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Five-Fold Nature of the Self



Five-Fold Nature of the Self
Manly P. Hall | 1993-01-01 00:00:00 | Philosophical Research Society Inc | 0 | Self-Help
1. The Self That Senses
2. The Self That Thinks
3. The Self That Wills
4. The Self That Grows
5. The Real Self

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Zoonotic Diseases: A Guide to Establishing Collaboration between Animal and Human Health Sectors at the Country Level


Zoonotic Diseases: A Guide to Establishing Collaboration between Animal and Human Health Sectors at the Country Level
WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific | 2008-01-01 00:00:00 | WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific | 19 | Medicine
This is a joint publication between WHO/WPRO, WHO/SEARO, FAO and OIE. The purpose of the guide is to assist countries and areas in achieving sustainable and functional collaboration between animal and human health sectors, which is crucial to addressing the challenges posed by endemic, emerging and re-emerging zoonoses.
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Stop This Man!



Stop This Man!
Peter Rabe | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | Hard Case Crime | 224 | Fiction Other
Peter Rabe is almost unknown nowadays, and while this book is good, it lacks that standout excellence that could make an author immortal. Catell seems to be a precursor to such literary heist men as Richard Stark's Parker, with both the skill and emotional detachment that would be done to perfection in that latter character. As with most of these older Hard Case Crime books, Stop This Man! has a tough, lean feel to it; it may not be the best such novel, but it'll do nicely as a quick, entertaining story.
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Cleft Lip and Palate: From Origin to Treatment



Cleft Lip and Palate: From Origin to Treatment
Diego F. Wyszynski | 2002-08-01 00:00:00 | Oxford University Press, USA | 548 | Surgery
Majoradvances in the diagnosis and treatment of oral clefts have been made in the past 50 years, and recent genetics and epidemiological studies have led to new theories about the causes of cleft lip and palate. Addressing issues that are relevant to clinicians, researchers and family members, this book is a comprehensive, well-illustrated, and up-to-date account of the many facets of this common disorder. The authors describe the embryological and molecular mechanisms of cleft causation, present and illustrate the genetic and epidemiological methods used to identify risk factors for oral clefts, and describe treatments by the various professionals of the cleft team. A section is also devoted to the integration of research findings into public health practice, including ethical and financial considerations. The book draws together such diverse disciplines as craniofacial development, gene mapping, epidemiology, medicine, ethics, health economics, and health policy and management, and it will be an invaluable reference work.
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I agree. This book is the bible of cleft lip and palate.
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This is the best book about cleft lip and palate I have ever had. I highly recommend it for professionals and parents. It is very complete, clear, and the illustrations are phenomenal.

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Einf in Die Automatentheorie



Einf in Die Automatentheorie
Hopcroft | 2003-02-03 00:00:00 | Pearson Studium | 528 | German

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Kaplan IELTS 2009-2010 Edition



Kaplan IELTS 2009-2010 Edition
Kaplan | 2009-01-01 00:00:00 | Kaplan Publishing | 312 | English
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam gauges students' English language comprehension by testing their listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills for entrance into universities, non-academic business settings, and immigration tests.

Students' reading and writing skills are tested either using an academic or general module depending on whether the test taker plans to pursue academic studies or apply their English skills to the business world exclusively. Regardless of which module the student takes, our book provides a comprehensive review of each of the exam's four sections in order to best prepare students for the exam.
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ScreenOS Cookbook



ScreenOS Cookbook
| 2008-02-26 00:00:00 | | 0 | Operating System


Written by key members of Juniper Network's ScreenOS development team, this one-of-a-kind Cookbook helps you troubleshoot secure networks that run ScreenOS firewall appliances. Scores of recipes address a wide range of security issues, provide step-by-step solutions, and include discussions of why the recipes work, so you can easily set up and keep ScreenOS systems on track. ScreenOS Cookbook gives you real-world fixes, techniques, and configurations that save time -- not hypothetical situations out of a textbook. The book comes directly from the experience of engineers who have seen and fixed every conceivable ScreenOS network topology, from small branch office firewalls to appliances for large core enterprise and government, to the heavy duty protocol driven service provider network. Its easy-to-follow format enables you to find the topic and specific recipe you need right away and match it to your network and security issue. Topics include: Configuring and managing ScreenOS firewalls NTP (Network Time Protocol) Interfaces, Zones, and Virtual Routers Mitigating Denial of Service Attacks DDNS, DNS, and DHCP IP Routing Policy-Based Routing Elements of Policies Authentication Application Layer Gateway (SIP, H323, RPC, RTSP, etc., ) Content Security Managing Firewall Policies IPSEC VPN RIP, OSPF, BGP, and NSRP Multicast -- IGPM, PIM, Static Mroutes Wireless Along with the usage and troubleshooting recipes, you will also find plenty of tricks, special considerations, ramifications, and general discussions of interesting tangents and network extrapolation. For the accurate, hard-nosed information you require to get your ScreenOS firewall network secure and operating smoothly, no bookmatches ScreenOS Cookbook.

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Great supplement to Juniper Docs
Things are not always explained so clearly in Juniper's Concepts and Examples documentation. This book gives you a really brief intro to the topic and dives in giving examples. Suprisingly, those brief intros have filled in a lot of the gaps or confusing parts of the Juniper docs.


This is a good book if you know Juniper well but can't remember every aspect or command or niche to ScreenOS.


Not sure it's a good intro to ScreenOS book.

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A great administrator guide who uses Juniper Firewall Products
Awesome book. The book covered well with the real life experience. You don't waste your time with what the OSI and IP is. The book goes to directly to the subject. Reccommended for who has at least CCNA knowledge and used to work on ScreenOS




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Not much more than the manual
Juniper already provides excellent technical documentation for their products. Having gone through Juniper's PDFs I expected this book to offer something new. By the time I got to chapter three I realized I'm reading the same content, just worded differently. This book offers nothing other than having a printed book instead of a PDF.

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An excellent ScreenOS handbook
This is well written and well organized book. It is truly written for firewall engineers. Its configuration and troubleshooting examples are very helpful to the real problems. The discussion section and tips are particular useful if you want to know the inside stories of screenOS. This book is a must have for anyone who is working in Netscreen firewall at any level.

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Must have for VPN and Firewall users
The writing is superb! And I love the Problem |Solution |Discussion sections of each chapter. It gives great every day problem and solution. I've been working on a large VPN project and this book is EXCELLENT from start to finish. It explains very well in details about VPN - in our case we also had integrated wireless; policy-based routing, BGP, RIP, content security (ICAP; URL filtering), NAT, QoS, VoIP (Avaya & Cisco), firewall and user authentication (802.1x). You can't get any more complicated than our VPN infrastructure - yet the book explains extremely well every aspect of those features in great details. Plus it was a very easy read! I highly recommend this book if you're serious about deploying VPN and firewalls. Great stuff.


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Fair Trade and a Global Commodity: Coffee in Costa Rica (Anthropology, Culture and Society)



Fair Trade and a Global Commodity: Coffee in Costa Rica (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
Peter Luetchford | 2007-11-20 00:00:00 | Pluto Press | 240 | Economics
Fair trade is widely regarded as a universal good. This fascinating anthropological study takes a closer look at a coffee-growing community and cooperatives in Costa Rica - and subjects the fair trade movement to critical scrutiny. As with conventional coffee, Western demand for organic fair trade produce is largely met by more affluent individuals with larger landholdings. As a result, it is caught up in the conflicts of interest and resentments that are part of the coffee industry as a whole. Ultimately fair trade fails to escape divisions that characterise other forms of production and consumption.All growers are united in their criticism of the high margins accumulated by regional and transnational processors and exporters. Sustainability, just rewards and social cohesion have formed part of the world view of these agricultural communities for decades. This book shows how there is much common ground between the worlds of the commodity grower and the priorities of the fair trade movement - if not necessarily always in the ways we might suppose.


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Kabbalah, Science and the Meaning of Life: Because Your Life Has Meaning



Kabbalah, Science and the Meaning of Life: Because Your Life Has Meaning
Rav Michael Laitman PhD | 2006-01-01 00:00:00 | Bnei Baruch/Laitman Kabbalah | 224 | Misc
Kabbalah, Science & the Meaning of Life traces the milestones of the evolution of science with which we are familiar, such as Newton’ss and Einstein’ss theories but goes further to present the science of Kabbalah as the basis for understanding the hidden parts of reality which scientists are now discovering. While other sciences research the definable world around us, Kabbalah teaches us how the spontaneous changes occurring within us affect our surrounding reality. The wisdom of Kabbalah enables us to monitor those changes and control them, and in so doing change our world for the better.
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German Professions, 1800-1950



German Professions, 1800-1950
Geoffrey Cocks,Konrad H. Jarausch | 1990-05-10 00:00:00 | Oxford University Press, USA | 352 | Germany
The role of the middle class in national development has always been of interest to historians concerned with the "peculiarities" of German history. Recently, the professional sector of the German middle class has come under historical scrutiny as part of a re-examination of those features of German society common to Western industrializing nations. This work provides comprehensive coverage of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Germany from the point of view of this new field. The contributors discuss the formation and development of such diverse professions as law, medicine, teaching, engineering, social work, and psychology, as well as the special cases of the bureaucracy and the military. They examine such questions as the role of the state in the creation and regulation of professions, the social and political role of various professional groups during the turbulent Weimar and Nazi periods, and the remarkable and troubling institutional continuity of certain professions through the Third Reich and into the postwar republics.

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Fundamentals of Fractured Reservoir Engineering (Developments in Petroleum Science)



Fundamentals of Fractured Reservoir Engineering (Developments in Petroleum Science)
T.D. van Golf-Racht | 1982-04-15 00:00:00 | Elsevier Science | 732 | Engineering

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Microelectronic Circuits Revised Edition (5th Edition)



Microelectronic Circuits Revised Edition (5th Edition)
Adel S. Sedra, Kenneth C. Smith | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Oxford University Press,5 Har/Cdr edition (August 30, 2007) | 1392 | Electrical Engineering
The world's leading textbook in microelectronic circuits continues its standard of excellence and innovation. All material in the fifth edition is thoroughly updated to reflect changes in technology—CMOS technology in particular.

This Web site contains resources for instructors and for students. New materials will be added on a regular basis to help teach and study microelectronic circuits. Use the links to reach further information and resources.
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C++ Network Programming, Vol. 1: Mastering Complexity with ACE and Patterns



C++ Network Programming, Vol. 1: Mastering Complexity with ACE and Patterns
| 1969-12-31 00:00:00 | | 0 | C++


Provides practical solutions for developing and optimizing complex distributed systems using the ACE, a revolutionary open-source framework that runs on dozens of hardware platforms and operating systems. Guides software professionals through the traps and pitfalls of developing efficient, portable, and flexible networked applications. Softcover.

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Chapters can be organized better
This book provided a decent introduction to ACE. However, language is little terse and presentation is not as good as ACE Programmer's book. I most liked the boxed explanations in the book, this style should have been all over the book.

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Above a C+
My husband needed this to further his knowledge at work. Was worth the price and easy to understand for him, anyway

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Not sure who this book is aimed at
The blurb for this book calls it authoritative. And it is authoritative in the sense that it is written by the people behind ACE. But it is not authoritative in the sense that it isn't a complete reference.


As somebody who has written native code for handling Sockets, process management, threading etc on various platforms, then over time integrated OO and patterns to make it easier to use (including across platforms), and slowly worked my way towards what I consider a definitive way of doing things, I find reading this book interesting in that it's like a tick list to which I can go `yeap, I found that too` with just the odd `ooh, actually I would do that differently in this specific situation, but for the general case yes that's how I do it too`. So, for me this book is interesting now, but if I was new to ACE (I'm not) or new to the underlying platform APIs I am not so sure how interesting I would find it. It gives more of a taster of what ACE can do than providing a complete tutorial. It gives more of a justification of why ACE does things the way it does rather than provide a complete reference. So, interesting for me now, but I'm really not sure who the book is aimed at. It could be used as one step of a tutorial, giving familiarity of what ACE can do, if not enough detail to really do serious stuff. It could be used to persuade people that it's usually better to use ACE than invest time and money re-inventing the wheel,,. Otherwise, I just don't know,,.


Is ACE worth using? Most of the time, yes. If you need a book about ACE then this is probably the place to start, but online is the place to find the detailed information that you will need when using it.



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2nd volume C++ network programming architecture
The 2nd volume is a complement to the first.The 1st one talks for portable source code and wrapper classes. The second one concentrates on deisgn patterns & all issues in C++ network programming architecture .

Again i say dont reinvent the wheel , give ACE a look.



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Excellent reading for any network programmer
This is an excellent reading for any network programmer. More than ACE itself the concepts covered are of a great value. I am a beginner to intermediate network programmer, but an experienced programmer otherwise, and found this to be an extremely valuable resource in terms tackling large application frameworks from the ground up. The concepts are precise upto the point but extremely easy to read and digest. Of course, the book is assuming that you know quite a bit of every thing else that is not covered here. There are quite a bit of things that are totally missing or not correct based on the OS and the advances in Posix threading. Nevertheless this is an excellent source for any network programmer.


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Synopsis and Classification of Living Organisms (2 Volumes)



Synopsis and Classification of Living Organisms (2 Volumes)
Sybil P. Parker (Editor) | 1982-01-01 00:00:00 | Mcgraw-Hill | 2398 | Biology
Note: 1166 pages in the first volume and 1232 in the second one. Black-and-white illustrations.

This encyclopedic reference represents the first attempt ever to catalog all life on planet Earth, down to the family level of taxonomic classification. Hundreds of experts worked for several years to produce over 8,200 descriptions of the world's viruses, bacteria, plants (including the algae), and animals (the protista). Valuable references are listed at the end of each description. Much of the information in these volumes is otherwise available only in obscure journals, and some of it appears here for the first time. As you might expect in such a monumental undertaking, the work is not perfect -- some groups of organisms have been overlooked, and some descriptions lack illustrations -- but overall this is a fabulous refernece tool. The steep price puts it out of reach of most individuals, but every library should own this massive testament to life's awesome diversity.
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Fixing Windows XP Annoyances : How to Fix the Most Annoying Things About the Windows OS (Annoyances)



Fixing Windows XP Annoyances : How to Fix the Most Annoying Things About the Windows OS (Annoyances)
| 2006-03-15 00:00:00 | | 0 | Windows XP


Microsoft Windows XP may be the latest in a popular family of operating systems, but that doesn't mean it's perfect. However, the designers of Windows XP have built enough flexibility into their product and provided users with a sufficiently large toolkit to overcome most shortcomings. In Windows XP Annoyances David Karp reveals his ideas about how to use Windows XP most effectively, for maximum fun and productivity and as little aggravation as possible. If you're comfortable working with Windows XP (or any of its recent predecessors) but find certain aspects of it, well, annoying, you'll find this book to your liking. Karp guides his readers through potentially risky procedures, such as editing the Registry and adjusting hardware device drivers, with skill and precision.

The author's tone is to the point and professional without being dry, without any of the phony, forced humor that appears in a lot of operating-system books. Though he inexplicably ignores the Windows XP Power Toys--some very handy utilities you can get from Microsoft's Web site--he does a great job of handling important questions. Case in point, the important issue of which files can be deleted to free up disk space, and which you shouldn't touch even though they look like pointless garbage. Similarly useful attention goes to the question of which background processes can be safely halted, and which are important. There's fine coverage of scripting with the Windows Script Host (WSH), as well. --David Wall

Topics covered: How to get the most out of Windows XP, even when it appears that the operating system is working against you. Troubleshooting techniques, hardware advice, Registry hacking, interface customization, and advanced networking subjects all find a place in this book.

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extremely useful
I do think this book is one you need after you have learned how to compute. I found it very useful and informative even after 10 years of computing. I'm only about one quarter thru the book but have done a lot of their suggestions and found them to be very useful. Worth buying.

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Not the clearest sometimes, but,,.
While some of the content wasn't easy to implement, I got quite a bit of use out of it. I tend to go back to it from time to time, even.

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Why does XP need so much fixing?
There are many things about Windows `professional` that isn't. It has puppy dogs and talking paper clips. All files gravitate towards `My Documents` and `My Pictures` and often the only way to get to `My Engineering Files` is to click first the desktop icon, then `My Computer` icon, then the drive letter,,. I want the operating system to get out of my way and let me work. And yet Windows is notorious for putting all sorts of settings in obscure locations that are the last place you might look for them. Hence there are so many utilities for configuring your system the way you want it. Unfortunately, these utilities just do it without telling you how it is done.

This book directly addresses most of these annoying features and explains how (and why) to fix them. In so doing it provides a great deal of insight into the MS mentality. There are of course other annoyances not covered in the book, but I now have a much better idea where to look for them.



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Fixing Windows XP Annoyances
Purchasing this book was a mistake. I expected something similar to

`Windows 98 Annoyances` by the same author. There was no chapter on the Registry, and little or no information about the Registry.

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Lots of great tips all in one place
Why buy a book on Windows XP with VISTA coming soon? Unless forced to, I am sticking with XP and not going to VISTA. After several years of use, I finally have XP working the way I want. I have spent many hours tweaking my system for improved security and efficiency. Even so, this book which I bought in November 2006 has hundreds of tips I would not have discovered on my own. Nearly all of the tips are useful to the power user. The advice is solid and much easier to access than the Windows Knowledge Base or even searching the net. Plus the book is not biased by the MS party line. The book should be titled `How to get the most out of Windows XP`. Based on my experience, this book is definitely a best-buy recommendation.


While I am ranting, I should add that I bought this book after the napster cat appeared in my version of Windows Media Player. It was either there all along, and I never noticed it, or it showed up after one of the ubiquitous MS updates. I am a business user and not interested in outline content stores. In fact, the cat is embarassing to me when I use media player in presentations. I resent the fact that MS would build this commercialism into Media Player without an easy option to eliminate it for those of us who do not wish to be solicited. I also resent the fact that MS uses OS updates to change my settings in favor of their own products.


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Doing Qualitative Research Differently: Free Association, Narrative and the Interview Method



Doing Qualitative Research Differently: Free Association, Narrative and the Interview Method
Wendy Hollway,Professor Tony Jefferson | 2000-06-06 00:00:00 | Sage Publications Ltd | 176 | Investing
This is both a `how to' book and one that critically reviews many of the assumptions, claims and methods of qualitative research, proposing a radically new theorization of the subjects of research.

Applying a psycho-social understanding of subjectivity to research practice involves conceptualising researcher and researched, as coproducers of meanings which are amalgams of unique biographies, socially available discourses and practices, and the dynamics, both conscious and unconscious, of the research relationship. The authors use the notion of the "defended subject" to indicate that people will defend themselves against any anxieties in the information people provide in a research context. To interpret interviewees' responses should entail developing a method in which narratives are central, as should a strategy of interpretation in which interviewees' free associations are given precedence over narrative coherence. The authors call this the free-association narrative interview.

The authors follow this approach through the phases of empirical research practice: design, interviewing, data analysis, ethics, and generalisability. At each stage they use examples from their own research, and end with an extended case study which demonstrates the uses of the free-assocaition interview method in representing the richness, complexity and biographical uniqueness of the research subject.

This will be an essential tool for students of qualitative research, but will also be of interest to experienced researchers who are open to doing qualitative research differently.



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CIMA Official Learning System Enterprise Management, Sixth Edition



CIMA Official Learning System Enterprise Management, Sixth Edition
Ann Norton,Jenny Hughes | 2009-09-16 00:00:00 | CIMA Publishing | 524 | Management

CIMA Official Learning Systems are the only textbooks recommended by CIMA as core reading. Written by the CIMA examiners, markers and lecturers, they specifically prepare students to pass the CIMA exams first time.


Fully updated to reflect the 2010 syllabus, they are crammed with features to reinforce learning, including:


- step by step coverage directly linked to CIMA's learning outcomes


- fully revised examples and case studies


- extensive question practice to test knowledge and understanding


- integrated readings to increase understanding of key theory


- colour used throughout to aid navigation



* The Official Learning systems are the only study materials endorsed by CIMA
* Key sections written by former examiners for the most accurate, up-to-date guidance towards exam success
* Complete integrated package incorporating syllabus guidance, full text, recommended articles, revision guides and extensive question practice

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Mathematische Modellierung mit MATLAB: Eine praxisorientierte Einfuhrung (German Edition)



Mathematische Modellierung mit MATLAB: Eine praxisorientierte Einfuhrung (German Edition)
Spektrum Akademischer Verlag | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | Spektrum Akademischer Verlag | 332 | Mathematics
Dieses Buch beinhaltet eine Einfuhrung in die faszinierende Welt der mathematischen Modellierung fur alle, die auf diesem Gebiet noch keine gro?en Erfahrungen sammeln konnten. Die Darstellungstiefe orientiert sich dabei an Studierenden im Bachelorstudium. Wahrend der erste Teil des Buchs sich der Methodik des Modellierens und den Aktivitaten im Modellierungszyklus widmet, halt der zweite Teil einen Werkzeugkasten fur die einzelnen Modellierungsschritte parat. Die dritte Saule des Buches bilden einige Fallstudien, die nach unserer Methodik und mit den Techniken aus dem Werkzeugkasten bearbeitet werden. Das Modellieren beschrankt sich dabei nicht – und das ist das Besondere an dem Buch – auf die Modellentwurfe, sondern beinhaltet auch ihre Analyse, numerische Behandlung, Implementierung von Algorithmen, Rechnungen, Visualisierung und Analyse der Ergebnisse. Fur die Implementierung der Berechnungen und die Visualisierung der Ergebnisse wird dabei konsequent das Softwarepaket MATLAB eingesetzt. Das Buch stattet Sie mit dem notigen Rustzeug aus, sich selbststandig an die mathematische Modellierung von realen Anwendungsproblemen zu wagen und die in der Spezialliteratur beschriebenen Modelle kreativ anzupassen und einzusetzen.
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Introduction to Convective Heat Transfer Analysis



Introduction to Convective Heat Transfer Analysis
P. H. Oosthuizen,David Naylor | 1998-08-28 00:00:00 | William C Brown Pub | 624 | Engineering
A student-oriented approach in which basic ideas and assumptions are stressed and discussed in detail and full developments of all important analyses are provided. The book contains many worked examples that illustrate the methods of analysis discussed. The book also contains a comprehensive set of problems and a Solutions Manual, written by the text authors.
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I purchased 3 convective heat transfer books from Amazon on behalf of my company - including this book. IMHO the other two were duds, but this one is pretty good. I myself own 3 other similar books and I can think of only one other (Bejan) that is as useful.

This a textbook for college students, but it is a nice reference as well.

I like that it mixes theory with some computational methods (finite difference), because after all, theory is critical to understanding but in many cases we will compute the results. This not really a book for learning CFD, but the numerical results are a nice complement to the theory - and extend the discussion to geometries without closed form solutions.

For those interested, the authors offer the Fortran source from a website for several programs referenced in the book.

The book is sensibly organized by classes of flows, internal & external for laminar, turbulent and natural convection. Plus porous media and condensation. I particularily like the chapter on natural convection inside of enclosures.

There are several really good analyses and scale arguments developed in this book, a lot of solutions to NSE's for many real situations.

Overall I'd say it is really a good introduction for someone who wants to do more than look up a few formulae.

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Transboundary Risk Governance (The Earthscan Risk in Society Series)



Transboundary Risk Governance (The Earthscan Risk in Society Series)
Rolf Lidskog,Linda Soneryd,Ylva Uggla | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Earthscan Publications Ltd. | 176 | Politics
Governing environmental risk, particularly large-scale transboundary risks associated with climate change and pollution, is one of the most pressing problems facing society.

This book focuses on a set of key questions relating to environmental regulation: How are activities regulated in a fragmented world, a world of nation states, regulators, domestic and international law and political contests, and one in which a range of actors, such as governments, corporations and NGOs act in order to influence regulations in specific policy areas? How are complex and trans-boundary environmental issues managed? What role does expert knowledge play in regulating this kind of issues? What give rules authority? In short, how do actors try to render an issue governable?

Drawing on regulation theory, discourse theory and science and technological studies, and employing original research, the authors analyze the regulation of four kinds of complex and trans-boundary environmental issues: oil protection in the Baltic Sea, mobile phones and radiation protection, climate change adaptation and genetically modified crops. The outcomes include insights for policymakers, regulators and researchers into how dominant frames are constructed, legitimate actors are configured and authority is established. This in turn exposes the conditions for, and possibility of, developing regulation, making authoritative rules and shaping relevant knowledge in order to govern complex environmental risks.


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