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User Unfriendly

User Unfriendly

User Unfriendly

Author: ,

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Isbn 10: 9780547351599

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Number of Pages: 256

Number of Views: 1390

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It’s the most advanced computer role-playing game ever: When you play you’re really there—in a dark dream teeming with evil creatures, danger-filled fortresses, and malevolent sorceries. The game plugs directly into your brain—no keyboard, no modem, no monitor. And for game hacker Arvin Rizalli and his friends, no cash up front, no questions asked . . . and no hope of rescue when the game goes horribly, deathly wrong.


User Unfriendly

User Unfriendly

User Unfriendly

Author: Joseph J. Corn

Publisher: JHU Press

Isbn 10: 1421401932

Category: Technology & Engineering

Number of Pages: 296

Number of Views: 1444

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We’ve all been there. Seduced by the sleek designs and smart capabilities of the newest gadgets, we end up stumped by their complicated set-up instructions and exasperating error messages. In this fascinating history, Joseph J. Corn maps two centuries of consumer frustration and struggle with personal technologies. Aggravation with the new machines people adopt and live with is as old as the industrial revolution. Clocks, sewing machines, cameras, lawn mowers, bicycles, electric lights, cars, and computers: all can empower and exhilarate, but they can also exact a form of servitude. Adopters puzzle over which type and model to buy and then how to operate the device, diagnose its troubles, and meet its insatiable appetite for accessories, replacement parts, or upgrades. It intrigues Corn that we put up with the frustrations our technology thrusts upon us, battling with the unfamiliar and climbing the steep learning curves. It is this ongoing struggle, more than the uses to which we ultimately put our machines, that animates this thought-provoking study. Having extensively researched owner’s manuals, computer user-group newsletters, and how-to literature, Corn brings a fresh, consumer-oriented approach to the history of technology. User Unfriendly will be valuable to historians of technology, students of American culture, and anyone interested in our modern dependence on machines and gadgets.


Introducing User-Friendly Family Therapy

Introducing User-Friendly Family Therapy

Introducing User-Friendly Family Therapy

Author: Sigurd Reimers,Andy Treacher

Publisher: Routledge

Isbn 10: 1317799429

Category: Psychology

Number of Pages: 288

Number of Views: 759

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All too often the experience of users of family therapy is neglected in the theory and practice of family therapy as well as in the literature itself. In Introducing User-Friendly Family Therapy the authors describe in detail how the results of an action research project helped the professionals involved to modify their practice. They draw out the implications of the research for providing a genuinely user-friendly service and set the arguments for a more humanistic approach in the wider context of contemporary social policy. Thought-provoking and practical in emphasis, this book places the user at the centre of the stage and insists that family therapy can only flourish if it becomes genuinely empowering and user-friendly.


Ensuring Software Reliability

Ensuring Software Reliability

Ensuring Software Reliability

Author: Ann Marie Neufelder

Publisher: CRC Press

Isbn 10: 1439832757

Category: Computers

Number of Pages: 264

Number of Views: 1498

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Explains how software reliability can be applied to software programs of all sizes, functions and languages, and businesses. This text provides real-life examples from industries such as defence engineering, and finance. It is aimed at software and quality assurance engineers and graduate students.


Design and Anthropology

Design and Anthropology

Design and Anthropology

Author: Wendy Gunn,Jared Donovan

Publisher: Routledge

Isbn 10: 131715262X

Category: Social Science

Number of Pages: 284

Number of Views: 1891

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Design and Anthropology challenges conventional thinking regarding the nature of design and creativity, in a way that acknowledges the improvisatory skills and perceptual acuity of people. Combining theoretical investigations and documentation of practice based experiments, it addresses methodological questions concerning the re-conceptualisation of the relation between design and use from both theoretical and practice-based positions. Concerned with what it means to draw 'users' into processes of designing and producing this book emphasises the creativity of design and the emergence of objects in social situations and collaborative endeavours. Organised around the themes of perception and the user-producer, skilled practices of designing and using, and the relation between people and things, the book contains the latest work of researchers from academia and industry, to enhance our understanding of ethnographic practice and develop a research agenda for the emergent field of design anthropology. Drawing together work from anthropologists, philosophers, designers, engineers, scholars of innovation and theatre practitioners, Design and Anthropology will appeal to anthropologists and to those working in the fields of design and innovation, and the philosophy of technology and engineering.


Making Social Technologies Work

Making Social Technologies Work

Making Social Technologies Work

Author: Ronan Gruenbaum

Publisher: Springer

Isbn 10: 1137024828

Category: Business & Economics

Number of Pages: 294

Number of Views: 1239

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Embracing social technologies at work is not just a blog from the CEO. It is about understanding all the opportunities where social media and technology activities could improve your company from marketing to operations. A practical guide for managers and an informative window into the world of social technologies in business.


Fiber Optics Weekly Update

Fiber Optics Weekly Update

Fiber Optics Weekly Update

Author: ,

Publisher: Information Gatekeepers Inc

Isbn 10:

Category: ,

Number of Pages: N.A

Number of Views: 690


Golf List Mania!

Golf List Mania!

Golf List Mania!

Author: Len Shapiro,Ed Sherman

Publisher: Running Press Adult

Isbn 10: 0762442301

Category: Sports & Recreation

Number of Pages: 288

Number of Views: 1250

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From Best Courses to Biggest Chokes, Most Underrated to Worst-Dressed Golfers, Golf List Mania! includes 120 lists that will inform and entertain. Includes contributions by personalities including Jack Nicklaus, David Feherty, and more, plus a Foreword by Jim Nantz. Why you'll enjoy this book: 5. Contributions from famous golf writers. You'll get the perspective from some of the best in the business. 4. Lists from the greats, including golf's "Big 3": Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player. It doesn't get much better than that. 3. A walk through golf history from Young and Old Tom Morris to Tiger Woods. You'll learn a thing or two along the way. 2. There are no right answers. The fun part of this book is the debates that they spark. I'm sure there will be lists when you go, "That guy is a complete idiot." Isn't that the essence of golf and sports? 1. The next best thing to playing golf is reading about golf. You also make fewer bogeys that way. My good friends, Ed and Len, have compiled more than 100 juicy and interesting lists that are sure to entertain. I hope you enjoy this unique look at the game we all love. --From the Foreword


Encyclopedia of Microcomputers

Encyclopedia of Microcomputers

Encyclopedia of Microcomputers

Author: Allen Kent,James G. Williams

Publisher: CRC Press

Isbn 10: 1000715485

Category: Computers

Number of Pages: 424

Number of Views: 1388

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"The Encyclopedia of Microcomputers serves as the ideal companion reference to the popular Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology. Now in its 10th year of publication, this timely reference work details the broad spectrum of microcomputer technology, including microcomputer history; explains and illustrates the use of microcomputers throughout academe, business, government, and society in general; and assesses the future impact of this rapidly changing technology."


Mobile Telecommunications in a High-Speed World

Mobile Telecommunications in a High-Speed World

Mobile Telecommunications in a High-Speed World

Author: Peter Curwen,Jason Whalley

Publisher: CRC Press

Isbn 10: 1317095251

Category: Technology & Engineering

Number of Pages: 274

Number of Views: 1571

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Mobile Telecommunications in a High Speed World tells the story of 3G and higher-speed mobile communication technologies. Over ten years have passed since the first third-generation (3G) licences were awarded following debates about the merits of auctions versus 'beauty contests' then, nothing much happened. More licences were issued, a few roll-outs commenced and everyone began to think it had all been a horribly expensive mistake. That may still turn out to be the case, but in the meantime there have been massive developments in terms of the number of licences and launches worldwide, in the range of services that can be accessed, in the range of devices that can be used to access them, in operator strategies etc. Even the technology has improved considerably with 4G now under discussion. Much of this story has been chronicled, largely on the Internet, but the information is in tens of thousands of bits and pieces and a large part of it is either misleading or just plain wrong. Here, Peter Curwen and Jason Whalley introduce the outcomes of research that has involved the compilation of a unique database which details every licence and launch worldwide involving 3G. The authors discuss the structure of the industry and the strategic behaviour of operators, as well as the social consequences of the spread of 3G. They examine the role of new entry upon competition, and present analysis of the main operators involved, the development of handsets and especially smartphones. A number of country case studies are included. This comprehensive and up-to-date volume includes a number of country studies and is written by two of the world's foremost researchers on this industry. Mobile Telecommunications in a High Speed World will serve the needs of students, academics and those involved, or contemplating involvement, with the telecoms industry. Why pay thousands of dollars to consultancies to separate the wheat from the chaff with respect to 3G when you can read this book.


Implementing Telemedicine

Implementing Telemedicine

Implementing Telemedicine

Author: Robert Cuyler, PhD,Dutch Holland, PhD

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

Isbn 10: 1479720526

Category: Business & Economics

Number of Pages: 248

Number of Views: 429

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Telemedicine works and can provide cost effective care to patients in remote locations. That s the good news. The bad news is that a telemedicine practice is very difficult to implement. This book can help you and your organization prosper with a telemedicine practice, not create a storeroom with expensive, dust covered technology. This book will show you how to excel at leading change in today s complex healthcare environment, an environment that can mean success or failure for those wishing to implement telemedicine. The managers who will be successful in implementing telemedicine today and tomorrow will be the ones who can look at waves of change and see opportunity; who can design a telemedicine vision and strategy for a more positive future for their organizations; and who can implement their designs on target, on time, and on budget by capitalizing on the strengths of their organizations and their bright and dedicated associates. You don t have to be afraid of change any longer! Dutch s work offers entertaining and simple solutions that will help you move swiftly and efficiently through the growing pains of organizational change, says Ken Blanchard, author of The Secret and The One Minute Manager.


Information and Communication Technology in Organizations

Information and Communication Technology in Organizations

Information and Communication Technology in Organizations

Author: Harry Bouwman,Bart van den Hooff,Lidwien van de Wijngaert,Jan van Dijk

Publisher: SAGE

Isbn 10: 1848604807

Category: Computers

Number of Pages: 240

Number of Views: 708

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How best can we understand why the application of information and communication technology in organizations succeeds or fails? Calling on technical, organisational, social, psychological and economic perspectives, this book provides a fresh and comprehensive framework for answering this question. Consideration is given to how ICT is adopted, implemented and used within organizations. Throughout special features will help readers clarify their understanding. These features include: - Case studies and vignettes that chart the opportunities and pitfalls created by ICT - Useful chapter introductions - An up to date glossary of concepts and abbreviations


FDDI News

FDDI News

FDDI News

Author: ,

Publisher: Information Gatekeepers Inc

Isbn 10:

Category: ,

Number of Pages: N.A

Number of Views: 1299


Heir Apparent

Heir Apparent

Heir Apparent

Author: Vivian Vande Velde

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Isbn 10: 9780547351919

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Number of Pages: 336

Number of Views: 1000

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In Heir Apparent there are as many ways to win as there are to get killed. Giannine can testify to how many ways there are to die—it's about all she's been able to do since she started playing. Now all she has to do is get the magic ring, find the stolen treasure, answer the dwarf's dumb riddles, come up with a poem for the head-chopping statue, cope with the army of ghosts, outmaneuver her half brothers, and defeat the man-eating dragon. If she can do all of that, why, she just might save her own life!


Damaged Goods

Damaged Goods

Damaged Goods

Author: Stephen Solomita

Publisher: Open Road Media

Isbn 10: 1453290583

Category: Fiction

Number of Pages: 380

Number of Views: 697

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A psychotic killer released from jail begins a spree that only Moodrow can stop Even Jilly Sappone knows they should never have let him out. Ever since a bullet fragment embedded itself in his brain, he has been prone to uncontrollable rages. Opiates help dull his anger, but only blood can make it go away. When the parole board makes the mistake of freeing him, Jilly knows it’s only a matter of time before he goes back behind bars. Until then, he plans on having some fun. He starts by visiting his ex-wife, and leaving with his four-year-old daughter. The police have no hope of getting the girl back alive, so the mother turns to Stanley Moodrow, an ex-cop turned private investigator whose bulky frame conceals a fury that can nearly match the kidnapper’s. With the help of his new partner, Ginny Gadd, Moodrow will do what no prison ever could: break Jilly Sappone.


De Gaulle’s Legacy

De Gaulle’s Legacy

De Gaulle’s Legacy

Author: W. Nester

Publisher: Springer

Isbn 10: 1137483946

Category: Political Science

Number of Pages: 289

Number of Views: 1840

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This book explores the following: What is the art of power? What is the art of French power? How did Charles de Gaulle understand and assert power, establishing the Fifth Republic and breaking centuries of political instability? How well or poorly have his successors wielded the art of French power to define, defend, or enhance French interests?


Qualitative Researching with Text, Image and Sound

Qualitative Researching with Text, Image and Sound

Qualitative Researching with Text, Image and Sound

Author: Martin W Bauer,George Gaskell

Publisher: SAGE

Isbn 10: 144620538X

Category: Social Science

Number of Pages: 384

Number of Views: 1549

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`This excellent text will introduce advanced students - and remind senior researchers - of the availability of a broad range of techniques available for the systematic analysis of social data that is not numeric. It makes the key point that neither quantitative nor qualitative methods are interpretive and at the same time demonstrates once and for all that neither a constructivist perspective nor a qualitative approach needs to imply abandonment of rigor. That the chapters are written by different authors makes possible a depth of expertise within each that is unusually strong' - Susanna Hornig Priest, Texas A&M University; Author of `Doing Media Research' Qualitative Researching with Text, Image and Sound offers a unique resource for today's social researcher. This practical handbook provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to a broad range of research methods with the objective of clarifying procedures, good practice and public accountability. Following an introduction which discusses quality and quantity, and how these relate to issues of representation and knowledge interests in social research, the book is organized into four parts: · Part I covers different ways of collecting data and different types of data relating to text, image and sound: corpus construction, individual and group interviewing, narrative and episodic interviewing, video and film, and bemetology. · Part II introduces the main analytic approaches for text, image and sound: classical content analysis, argumentation, discourse, conversation analysis, rhetoric, semiotics, analysis of moving images, and of noise and music - each includes an introduction with examples and step-by-step advice on how to do it. · Part III covers computer-assisted analysis - including computer-assisted qualitative data analysis and key-word-in-context analysis. · Part IV addresses issues of good practice, looking at problems and fallacies in interpretation and develops quality criteria for qualitative research. This book provides researchers with the skills and knowledge to make the appropriate choices between different methods, types of data, and analytic procedures, and gives examples and criteria of good practice for each one. It will be essential reading for students and researchers across the social sciences.


Envoy

Envoy

Envoy

Author: Nicholas Barrington

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Isbn 10: 0857737899

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Number of Pages: 552

Number of Views: 1542

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Nicholas Barrington began his dramatic diplomatic career with a post in Afghanistan at a time the country was barely known to the world's headline writers. The narrative of his 37 year career in the British Foreign Office is woven with compelling insights on the countries to which he was posted and which are focal points of international attention: Afghanistan, Iran, Egypt and Pakistan. Serving in Iran during the political storm of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, he had to navigate his way through the drama of a new political order, while his time in Cairo coincided with the assassination of President Sadat. In his rich and varied career, Barrington served as High Commissioner to Pakistan, a subject on which he writes authoritatively. Exploring the complex power relations between Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif and examining the multifaceted conflicts in Kashmir and Afghanistan, this book sheds an invaluable new light on the interaction between Islam, the West and British Foreign Policy in the 20th Century. With erudition and wit, these unique memoirs will prove essential reading for those seeking to understand the political tensions and international issues of the post-war world.


The Mystery of Mind

The Mystery of Mind

The Mystery of Mind

Author: Peter M.K. Chan

Publisher: iUniverse

Isbn 10: 9780595805846

Category: Philosophy

Number of Pages: 296

Number of Views: 1111

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The Mystery of Mind is a systematic and critical introduction to the philosophy of mind. At issue is what is known as the mind-body problem. How does a body support a mind with its brain? Pivotal to the book is the author's working out of an adverbial concept of mind that is user-friendly to the materialist cause. It is upon the strength of this adverbial concept that the author has come to hold that the conceptual gap between the neurobiological and the psych-cognitive could in fact be bridged. It is also the author's contention that despite shortcomings of other materialist approaches that have been taken in our time, an intelligible case for the truth of materialism could still be made in the form of a biological emergent two-aspect scenario, i.e., when the adverbial concept of mind he advocates is also brought to bear. All in all, what The Mystery of Mind offers is a systematic introduction to one of the living philosophical issues that have engaged the human intellects for more than two thousand years. This is also the central issue that has motivated research in artificial intelligence, cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and the philosophy of mind in our time.


Whatever Else Happened to the Egyptians?

Whatever Else Happened to the Egyptians?

Whatever Else Happened to the Egyptians?

Author: Galal Amin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Isbn 10: 1617975079

Category: Social Science

Number of Pages: 196

Number of Views: 1862

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At the time of the Egyptian Revolution in 1952, the population of Egypt was around 22 million. At the end of 2002, it stood at 69 million, and was growing at a rate of 1.33 million a year. What happens to a society that grows so quickly, when the habitable and cultivable land of the country is strictly limited? After the success of Whatever Happened to the Egyptians?, Galal Amin now takes a further bemused look at the changes that have taken place in Egyptian society over the past half century, this time considering the disruptions brought about by the surge in population. Basing his arguments on both academic research and his own personal experiences and impressions, and employing the same light humor and keen sense of empathy as in his earlier work, the author discusses how runaway population growth has not only profound effects on many aspects of society from love and fashion to telephones, the supermarket, and religion but also predictable effects on the economy.