Archive for the 'computers' 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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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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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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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

Cabling: the complete guide to network wiring

Friday, September 19, 2008

By David Groth

The physical linkages responsible for carrying a company’s data continue to be the most neglected components of the typical network—to the extent that nearly 700f all network-related problems result from poor cabling.

In this third edition of a widely acclaimed resource, three networking experts share their extensive experience, teaching you the cabling skills you need to build a reliable, efficient, and cost-effective network cabling infrastructure. As you master these techniques, you’ll learn to avoid common pitfalls and troubleshoot problems as quickly as they arise. (Description from barnesandnoble.com) Call number: TK5103.12 .B37 2004

Build IT, Fix IT, Own IT: a beginners guide to uilding and upgrading a PC

Friday, September 19, 2008

By Paul McFedreis
Build It. Fix It. Own It. is the ultimate beginner’s guide to building and fixing your own PC. With a friendly, knowledgeable tone, this book shows the beginning PC builder everything he or she needs to know to build a computer or upgrade an existing one.
We step you through the parts that lurk inside a PC, from the motherboard and power supply to the CPU, memory, hard drive, video card, sound card, and networking hardware. In each case, you will learn how the hardware works, what it does, what types of hardware are available, and what to look for when buying the hardware.
Then we walk you step-by-step though a series of PC building projects. We show you how to build five different types of PC: a basic business PC, a home theater PC, a high-performance PC, a killer gaming PC, and a budget PC. And if building a new PC from scratch isn’t in your budget, we show you how to resurrect an old PC by swapping out a few key components.
When you have your PC built and running, we show you how to set up a wireless network and the BIOS and maintain your new rig.

Build It. Fix It. Own It. is the ultimate PC builder’s guide, even if you’ve never ventured inside a PC case before!(Description from banresandnoble.com) CAll number: TK9969 .M44 2008

Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 Step- by- Step

Monday, September 15, 2008

By Joyce Cox

The smart way to learn Office PowerPoint 2007-one step at a time! Work at your own pace through the easy numbered steps, practice files on CD, helpful hints, and troubleshooting help to master the fundamentals of working with the latest version of PowerPoint, including how to navigate the new, easy-to-use user interface. You will discover how to create presentation outlines, work with slide masters and slide designs, add graphics and drawings, and publish your presentations to the Web. You’ll even learn how to add narrations and custom animations-and more! With Step By Step, you can take just the lessons you need or work from cover to cover. Either way, you drive the instruction-building and practicing the skills you need, just when you need them! Includes a companion CD with hands-on practice files. (Description from barnesandnoble.com) Call number: T385 .C66795 2007