Archive for August, 2006

Creating Web Pages with HTML Simplified, 3rd Edition

Thursday, August 31, 2006

creating.jpgby Sherry Willard Kinkoph

Armed with Creating Web Pages with HTML Simplified, 3rd Edition, readers get the building blocks needed to take them through all phases of Web publishing; from laying out and formatting text to enlivening pages with graphics and applets. This full-color, easy-to-follow guide is an indispensable tool for both first-timers and seasoned Web authors. With a graphical format and step-by-step examples, Creating Web Pages with HTML Simplified, 3rd Edition will help readers tackle HTML and enhance their Web site at a pace that’s comfortable. Create a simple, but attractive, page quickly and then refine it to include frames, add multimedia effects such as sound and animation, and add links to other sites or an email address. (Books 24×7)

Network+ Certification Study Guide

Thursday, August 31, 2006

network-certification-study-guide.jpg by Glen E. Clarke

Covering all the official objectives for the exam, this self study preparation guide includes 300+ practice exam questions, step-by-step exercises, and chapter self-tests. (Books 24×7)

Women and information Technology: Research on Underrepresentation

Thursday, August 31, 2006

women.jpgby J. McGrath Cohoon and William Asprey

Computing remains a heavily male-dominated field even after 25 years of extensive efforts to promote female participation. The contributors to Women and Information Technology look at reasons for the persistent gender imbalance in computing and explore some strategies intended to reverse the downward trend. The studies included are rigorous social science investigations; they rely on empirical evidence–not rhetoric, hunches, folk wisdom, or off-the-cuff speculation about supposed innate differences between men and women.

Taking advantage of the recent surge in research in this area, the editors present the latest findings of both qualitative and quantitative studies. Each section begins with an overview of the literature on current research in the field, followed by individual studies. The first section investigates the relationship between gender and information technology among preteens and adolescents, with each study considering what could lead girls’ interest in computing to diverge from boys’; the second section, on higher education, includes a nationwide study of computing programs and a cross-national comparison of computing education; the final section, on pathways into the IT workforce, considers both traditional and nontraditional paths to computing careers. (Books 24×7)

Photoshop CS2 Before and After Makeovers

Thursday, August 31, 2006

photoshop.jpgby Taz Tally and John Wiley and Sons

Series approach: Divided into specific projects that begin with a “before” situation and lead to an “after” result, these books features an open, airy design perfect for highlighting the images accompanying the text. Provides readers with a better understanding of the technology they are using and a sense of pride in what they accomplished.

General look and feel:

  • 4-color, image/graphic heavy interior presented in a two-column design

  • New design focuses on “before” beginning of a process and “after” results

  • Graphic intensive interior that uses figures to tell the story that the text supports

  • Presented in step-by-step format as if doing a makeover

  • At least one image attached to each set of steps that displays the before and after effect of the step

What the book covers: altering brightness, tweaking contrast, removing distracting elements, replacing the background, matching color across images, creating interest with lighting, adding motion to images, dealing with digital noise, fixing photo tears and scratches, performing your own plastic surgery, painting on an image, and much more. Includes both Windows and Mac coverage. (

QuickBooks 2006 for Dummies

Thursday, August 31, 2006

quickbooks.jpg Stephen L. Nelson

  • What the book covers: the key features of QuickBooks including getting up an running, invoices and credit memos, paying bills, managing inventory, balancing your books, check printing, going online with QuickBooks, processing payroll, generating and sharing financial reports, backing up data, building a budget, project estimating, simplifying tax return preparation, and more.
  • Updated coverage of the new version: Revised throughout to cover the latest updates and enhancements made to QuickBooks.
  • Series features: Information presented in the straightforward but fun language that has defined the Dummies series for over ten years. (

The Book of Nero 7: CD and DVD Burning Made Easy

Thursday, August 31, 2006

the-book.jpgby Wallace Wang

“With more than 120 million registered users, Nero is the most popular CD and DVD burning software in the world, but it can be tricky to use. This simple, task-oriented, step-by-step book covers the entire Nero program suite, including audio CD burning, data backup, managing photos, DVD video burning, designing CD/DVD labels, editing sound, creating a virtual drive and CD/DVD data disk, and playing audio and video. This updated revision to the bestseller (nearly 20,000 copies sold), has been completely rewritten to focus on the tasks that most people perform with Nero 7.” (

Collaborative Geographic Information Systems

Thursday, August 31, 2006

collaborative.jpgby Shivana Balram and Suzana Dragiaeeviae

“Many advances in the integration of group spatial modeling, geographic information systems (GIS), and the Internet have occurred in recent years; however, there is a lack of materials to highlight the transdisciplinary characteristics and impacts of this convergence while providing a uniform and consistent treatment of this expanding field of research. Collaborative Geographic Information Systems identifies unifying concepts in the field, and presents them in a single volume, providing a comprehensive treatment of collaborative GIS that focus on system design, group spatial planning and mapping, Internet and wireless applications, and more. This book also details the theories, processes, and tools for designing and implementing collaborative GIS, and explores collaborative GIS methodologies currently being used or developed.

“Collaborative Geographic Information Systems is of immense value to academic researchers, planners and policy makers, graduate students, and individuals working in GIS, geography, environmental science, urban planning, computer supported cooperative work, and information technology.” (www.barnesand

The Outsiders

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

10969589.gifby S.E. Hinton

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Ponyboy can count on his brothers. And on his friends. But not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids whose idea of a good time is beating up “greasers” like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect–until the night someone takes things too far. (, from the publisher)

Bless Me, Ultima

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

10334931.gifby Rudolfo Anaya

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A talent for meaningful storytelling and exquisite prose has made Rudolfo Anaya a leading exponent of Chicano literature in English. Anaya’s work has won international acclaim, earning him a premier place in virtually every anthology of Latino writing. Now his classic bestseller, “Bless Me, Ultima” is reborn in this beautifully illustrated special edition. Antonio Marez is six years old when Ultima enters his life. She is a curandera, one who heals with herbs and magic. ‘We cannot let her live her last days in loneliness,’ says Antonio’s mother. ‘It is not the way of our people,’ agrees his father. And so Ultima comes to live with Antonio’s family in New Mexico. Soon Tony will journey to the threshold of manhood. Always, Ultima watches over him. She graces him with the courage to face childhood bigotry, diabolical possession, the moral collapse of his brother, and too many violent deaths. Under her wise guidance, Tony will probe the family ties that bind him, and he will find in himself the magical secrets of the pagan past—a mythic legacy equally as palpable as the Catholicism of Latin America in which he has been schooled. At each turn in his life there is Ultima who will nurture the birth of his soul. Enhanced by four full-color paintings by noted New Mexican artist Bernadette Vigil, this book will be treasured by all admirers of Rudolfo Anaya, whether they are longtime followers of his work or are discovering him for the first time. (, from the publisher)

Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

9941200.gifby Luis J. Rodriguez

HV6439 .U7 L77 2005

There has never been a more clear and compelling account of a gang member’s life than Always Running, Luis J. Rodriguez’s eloquent, impassioned, frighteningly vivid chronicle of his youth in Los Angeles in the late 60s and early 70s. Growing up in Watts and East L.A., Rodriguez joined his first gang at age 11 and was drawn into “la vida loca” – the crazy life. Gangs were “how we wove something out of the threads of nothing,” he remembers. By age 18, he was a veteran of gang warfare, police killings, drug overdoses, and suicides that had claimed 25 of his friends and had driven him and so many others to despair. In part, Rodriguez survived the violence and desperation of his youth by writing down his experiences. They were only woven into this astonishing book years later, when his son, Ramiro, joined a gang in Chicago where they now live. Always Running is packed with episode after episode of high drama, but within this honest and powerful depiction of social devastation, there is a father’s impassioned message of understanding and hope to his son, and to thousands like him. Rodriguez’s inspiring story should be read by anyone who cares about the future of children in America. (, from the publishers)