Archive for the 'all technology' Category

JavaScript: The Missing Manual

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

javaBy David Sawyer McFarland

Bestselling author McFarland teaches how to use JavaScript in sophisticated ways–even for those with little or no programming experience–with this clear and entertaining book that offers step-by-step tutorials. Call number QA76.73 .J39 M388 2008

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Tool School: The Missing Manual for your Tools

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

toolBy Monte Burch

For many woodworkers, buying new tools can mean a lot of guesswork and experimentation. Tool School eliminates the trepidation, saves time, and allows woodworkers to start using their tools correctly and safely. It covers everything from what to look for when purchasing tools to correct usage for safety and accuracy. Both portable and stationary woodworking tools are covered through extensive photography and illustrations. These days most tools come with what amounts to a pamphlet of safety advice that contains little information about how things work—this book is the missing instruction manual. Call Number TT186 .B825 2008

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The Anarchist in the Library: How the Clash Between Freedom and Control Is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

anarchistBy Siva Vaidhyanathan

The Anarchist in the Library is the first guide to one of the most important cultural and economic battlegrounds of our increasingly plugged-in world. Siva Vaidhyanathan draws the struggle for information that will determine much of the culture and politics of the twenty-first century: anarchy or oligarchy, total freedom vs. complete control. His acclaimed book explores topics from unauthorized fan edits of Star Wars to terrorist organizations’ reliance on “leaderless resistance,” from Napster to Total Information Awareness to flash mobs. Call Number T58.5 .V35 2004

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Emperor’s New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

emperorBy Roger Penrose, Martin Gardner, Martin Gardner (Foreword by)

For decades, proponents of artificial intelligence have argued that computers will soon be doing everything that a human mind can do. Admittedly, computers now play chess at the grandmaster level, but do they understand the game as we do? Can a computer eventually do everything a human mind can do?
In this absorbing and frequently contentious book, Roger Penrose–eminent physicist and winner, with Stephen Hawking, of the prestigious Wolf prize–puts forward his view that there are some facets of human thinking that can never be emulated by a machine. Penrose examines what physics and mathematics can tell us about how the mind works, what they can’t, and what we need to know to understand the physical processes of consciousness.
He is among a growing number of physicists who think Einstein wasn’t being stubborn when he said his “little finger” told him that quantum mechanics is incomplete, and he concludes that laws even deeper than quantum mechanics are essential for the operation of a mind. To support this contention, Penrose takes the reader on a dazzling tour that covers such topics as complex numbers, Turing machines, complexity theory, quantum mechanics, formal systems, Godel undecidability, phase spaces, Hilbert spaces, black holes, white holes, Hawking radiation, entropy, quasicrystals, the structure of the brain, and scores of other subjects. Call Number Q325 .P415 1989

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Auto CAD 2007 and Auto Cad LT 2007

Friday, October 3, 2008

by Frey

Call # T385 .F694738 2006

Synopsis

AutoCAD 2007 and AutoCAD LT 2007: No Experience Required is the perfect step-by-step introduction to the world’s leading CAD software. Inside this clear-cut guide are concise explanations and practical tutorials that explain how to plan and develop a complete AutoCAD project. Follow the tutorials sequentially, which have been fully updated for AutoCAD 2007, or jump in at any chapter by downloading the drawing files from the Sybex Web site. Either way, you’ll quickly develop a solid grounding in the essentials and learn how to use AutoCAD’s productivity tools to get your work done efficiently.

The latest edition of this perennial topseller also covers AutoCAD’s revamped 3D design features and includes a glossary and a supporting Web site with project files, bonus chapters, and appendices.

Gain the AutoCAD skills you need:
* Get to know the AutoCAD interface, basic commands, and how to create drawings
* Build on your skills with grouping, elevations, hatches, and using text in drawings
* Graduate to dimensioning, setting external references; and mastering layouts, plotting, and printing
* Understand the new 3D capabilities that make AutoCAD 2007 the complete design tool

Access the supporting Web site for more instruction, including:
* Project files from the book
* Bonus chapter on using the Internet with AutoCAD
* Bonus appendices on attributes and dynamic blocks

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AutoCAD 2008 for Dummies

Friday, October 3, 2008

by DavByrnesid

Call # T385 .B97 2007

Synopsis

• A gentle, humorous introduction to this fearsomely complex software that helps new users start creating 2D and 3D technical drawings right away

• Covers the new features and enhancements in the latest AutoCAD version and provides coverage of AutoCAD LT, AutoCAD’s lower-cost sibling

• Topics covered include creating a basic layout, using AutoCAD DesignCenter, drawing and editing, working with dimensions, plotting, using blocks, adding text to drawings, and drawing on the Internet

• AutoCAD is the leading CAD software for architects, engineers, and draftspeople who need to create detailed 2D and 3D technical drawings; there are more than 5 million registered AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT users

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Microsoft Office 2007 Simplified

Friday, October 3, 2008

by Sherry Willard Kinkoph

Call #  HF5548.4 .m525 2007

Synopsis

Are you new to computers? Does new technology make you nervous? Relax! You’re holding in your hands the easiest guide ever to Office 2007 — a book that skips the long-winded explanations and shows you how things work. All you have to do is open the book, follow Chip, your friendly guide — and discover just how easy it is to get up to speed.
“The Simplified series is very accessible to beginners and provides useful information for more experienced users. For visual learners (like myself), the illustrations are a great help. It’s challenging to take a complex subject and express it simply, clearly, concisely, and comprehensively. This book meets the challenge.”

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The Materials Handbook 15th ed.

Monday, September 22, 2008

By John A. Vaccari

Offering comprehensive information on virtually every material and substance used in industry and engineering, Materials Handbook is unquestionably the world’s favorite one-volume encyclopedia on the subject. For over six decades, there has been no better or more reliable way to get essential data on generic, patented, and trade name materials.

THE NEW FIFTEENTH EDITION PROVIDES:
* A-Z organization for easy access
* Coverage of more than 15,000 materials
* Details on chemicals, minerals, fuels, textiles, synthetics, pharmaceuticals, elastomers, ceramic coatings, industrial substances, food-stuffs, natural plant and animal substances, and—chewing gum
* Thousands of new technologies and products
* Properties and characteristics of materials, including composition, production methods, uses, and commercial designations or trade names
* A thorough index for finding the material you want—quickly and easily(Description from barnesandnoble.com) Call number: Ref. TA403 .B73 2002

Do- It- Yourself PC Upgrade Projects

Friday, September 19, 2008

By Guy Hart- Davis

Produced in conjunction with CNET.com, the place to go for the latest in tech and consumer electronics, this book offers up-to-date advice on improving PC speed and performance. You will learn to replace essential hardware components and accomplish projects such as transforming a PC into a VoIP phone or video-conferencing tool and even controlling the home from the PC. (Description from banresandnoble.com) Call number: TK9969 .H36 2008

Photoshop Compositing with John Lund

Friday, September 19, 2008

By John Lund

Many of acclaimed photographer John Lund’s images are instantly recognizable. What’s not instantly recognizable are the elements that make up these composite images or the Photoshop techniques behind them–to unravel those mysteries, you need this beautiful, full-color volume. In these pages, Lund and co-author Pamela Pfiffner show you not just how to reproduce his results but the creative process that generates them. The emphasis here is on simplicity: how to create extremely complex images using a few, fairly simple Photoshop techniques that even beginners can grasp. After providing an introduction to the creative process and conceptual imagery in general, the authors get to the heart of the volume: the images. Each of the 15 chapters deconstructs an incredible Photoshop compositing process showing the final image–in full-page, full-color glory–with an accompanying description of Lund’s creative approach to the assignment, and a detailed, step-by-step explanation of particular techniques used in the project. So how’d he make that fire-breathing dragon? Why, with images of a pet iguana, flame, a wall, and the sky, of course! (Description from barnesandnoble.com) Call number: T385 .P574 L962 2003