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Customizing AutoCAD 2008

Monday, July 21, 2008

By Sham Tickoo

Call Number: T385 .T5277 2008

Updated to provide complete coverage of the expanded design capabilities of AutoCAD 2008, this thoroughly revised new edition of a classic AutoCAD reference work offers detailed explanations of customizing techniques for advanced users of the software. In one comprehensive volume, noted AutoCAD expert Sham Tickoo examines all the various levels of customization in AutoCAD– from the basic topics of creating template drawings and customizing menus to such advanced features as modifying the AutoCAD environment in ways that help industry professionals meet the needs of their organization. Live projects and examples enhance the book’s thorough explanations, helping users understand and master the customizing concepts of AutoCAD 2008 with relative ease.

Real Goods Solar Living Source Book: Special 30th Anniversary Edition: Your Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies and Sustainable Living

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

By John Schaeffer, Alan Berolzheimer and Bill Giebler

Call Number: TJ810 .G35 2008

Concerns over dwindling resources and environmental degradation are driving many to seek alternatives to our wasteful, polluting lifestyle. Clean technologies such as solar power, wind power, and biodiesel fuel are soaring in popularity.

Real Goods Solar Living Source Book-Special 30th Anniversary Edition is the ultimate guide to renewable energy, sustainable living, green building, homesteading, off-the-grid living, and alternative transportation, written by experts with decades of experience and a passion for sharing their knowledge. This fully updated edition includes brand-new sections on Peak Oil, climate change, relocalization, natural burial, biodynamics, and permaculture. It also boasts the latest product listings and completely rewritten and expanded chapters on:

  • Land and shelter
  • Natural building
  • Passive solar
  • Biofuels
  • Sustainable transportation
  • Grid-tied photovoltaics
  • Solar hot water systems
  • Plus, over 150 pages of maps, wiring diagrams, formulae, charts, solar sizing worksheets, and much more

Whether you’re a layperson or a professional, novice or longtime aficionado, the new source book puts the latest research and products at your fingertips-all the information you need to make sustainable living a reality.

John Schaeffer is the president and founder of Real Goods, the oldest and largest catalog company devoted to the sale and service of renewable-energy products. Now merged with Gaiam, Real Goods has converted over sixty thousand homes to solar energy since 1978, when it sold the very first photovoltaic module in America. Real Goods hosts the annual Sol Fest at its Solar Living Center headquarters in Hopland, California.

Image and Video Compression for Multimedia Engineering: Fundamentals, Algorithms, and Standards

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

By Yun Q. Shi and Huifang Sun

Call Number:QA76.575 .S555 2008

Advanced technologies have increased demands for visual information and higher quality video frames, creating a gap between the visual data required and limited hardware capabilities. Image and Video Compression for Multimedia Engineering bridges this gap with authoritative information on video and image coding that builds a foundation for future research. This second edition features complete chapters devoted to JPEG 2000 and MPEG-4. It includes an accompanying CD-ROM that contains illustrative examples of image and video compression. This text also provides coverage of the H.264 standard. For instructors, the book also offers a solutions manual as well as downloadable PDFs of all images in the text.

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Microsoft Office 2007

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

By Sherry Willard Kinkoph

Call Number: HF5548.4 .M525 K56 2007

Are you a visual learner? Do you prefer instructions that show you how to do something – and skip the long-winded explanations? If so, then this book is for you. Open it up and you’ll find clear, step-by-step screen shots that show you how to tackle more than 220 Office 2007 tasks. Each task-based spread includes easy, visual directions for performing necessary operations, including:
* Using Galleries and Live Preview
* Finding hidden files
* Creating a blog post
* Assembling and presenting slideshows
* Developing a publication
* Building a spreadsheet
* Helpful sidebars offer practical tips and tricks
* Full-color screen shots demonstrate each task
* Succinct explanations walk you through step by step
* Two-page lessons break big topics into bite-sized modules

The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Inventor’s Guide

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

by David J. Perdue

Call Number: TJ211 .P435 2008

The LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT set includes a variety of powerful electronic parts (motors, sensors, and the programmable NXT microcomputer) and lots of building elements. With these parts you can create thousands of unique, intelligent robots. The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Inventor’s Guide helps you to harness the capabilities of the NXT set and effectively plan, build, and program your own NXT robots.

The first part of the book contains a brief introduction to the NXT set. You’ll then examine the pieces in the NXT set and the roles they play in construction. Next, you’ll learn practical building techniques, like how to build sturdy structures and work with gears. Then it’s time to learn how to program with the official NXT-G programming language (and learn a bit about several unofficial programming languages). You’ll also learn what author David J. Perdue calls the MINDSTORMS method: a strategy for creating your own robots. Finally, you’ll follow step-by-step instructions for building, programming, and testing six sample robots (all of which can be built using only the parts found in one NXT set). These six robots include:

  • Zippy-Bot, a two-wheeled vehicle with a ball caster
  • Bumper-Bot, a version of Zippy-Bot that explores your room and avoids objects
  • Claw-Bot, a version of Zippy-Bot that searches for objects and pushes them away with its claw
  • Tag-Bot, a four-wheeled steering vehicle that dashes around while you try to “tag” it with a flashlight
  • Guard-Bot, a six-legged walking robot that launches a ball at intruders
  • Golf-Bot, a stationary robot that finds a target and then hits a ball into the target

You’ll also find an NXT-G Quick Reference, which provides information on the 30 types of standard programming blocks, and the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Piece Library, which features detailed information and images of the more than 80 types of LEGO pieces in the NXT set.

So go ahead. Grab your NXT set, fire up your creative mind, and see what you can invent with The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Inventor’s Guide. (Description by

The Lego Mindstorms NXT Idea Book: Design, Invent, and Build

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

by Martin Boogaarts, Jim Kelly, et al.

Call Number: TJ211 .L4525 2007

If you’re serious about having fun with LEGO robotics, you’ve come to the right place. The team behind The NXT STEP blog – the authoritative online source for MINDSTORMS NXT information and advice – has packaged its considerable skills and experience in this book. Inside, you’ll find some of the team’s best ideas for creating cool and sophisticated models, including instructions for eight robots you can build yourself.

Follow along with the MINDSTORMS NXT experts as they explain the fundamentals of programming and design, accompanied by CAD-style drawings and an abundance of screenshots that make it easy for you to master the MINDSTORMS NXT system. You’ll get an overview of the NXT parts (beams, sensors, axles, gears, and so on) and clear instructions for combining them to build and program working robots.

The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Idea Book delves into the complexities of the NXT programming language (NXT-G) and offers tips for designing and programming robots, using Bluetooth, creating an NXT remote control, troubleshooting, and much more.

Here are just a few of the robots you’ll learn to build in The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Idea Book:

  • RaSPy, a robot that plays Rock, Scissors, Paper
  • 3D PhotoBot, a robot that will help you take photographs that can be converted into 3D images
  • Slot Machine, complete with flashing lights and a lever
  • ScanBot, a robot that scans black-and-white pictures and displays the images on the NXT’s LCD
  • Beach Buggy Chair, a roving, rambling robot
  • CraneBot, a crane-like grabbing robotLEGO fans of all ages will find this book to be an ideal jumping off point for doing more with MINDSTORMS NXT. The only ingredient you need to add is your imagination! (Description by
  • Analyses for Durability and System Design Lifetime: A Multidisciplinary Approach

    Monday, July 14, 2008

    By Joesph H. Saleh

    Call Number: TA169 .S235 2008

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    Switching to a Mac For Dummies

    Monday, July 14, 2008

    By Arnold Reinhold

    Call Number: NC998.4 .R567 2005

            • What the book covers: making the switch, picking a Mac, inventorying your existing computer, moving files from a PC to a Mac, Mac OS X for Windows users, getting your Mac online, networking, switching applications, working with the iLife suite, running Windows via Bootcamp, securing your Mac, converting your business to a Mac, troubleshooting, and more.
            • Series features: Information presented in the straightforward but fun language that has defined the Dummies series for fifteen years.

    iPod & iTunes VISUAL Quick Tips

    Friday, July 11, 2008

    By Kate Shoup

    Call Number: ML74.4 .I48 S56 2007

    iPod & iTunes Visual Quick Tips provides visual learners with useful and unexpected techniques essential to getting the most from their Apple media experience. This easy to use, compact guide provides tips, secrets, and tricks to help readers save time and become more efficient with this latest portable devices from Apple. Full-color screen shots and numbered, step-by-step instructions break down big tasks into bite-sized modules that show readers how to save time and boost productivity. A handy smaller trim size makes it easy for readers to find essential information on the hottest tips and tricks for iPods & iTunes.

    Inside the Machine: An Illustrated Introduction to Microprocessors and Computer Architecture

    Friday, July 11, 2008

    By Jon Stokes

    Call Number: TK7895 .M5 S76 2006

    Computers perform countless tasks ranging from the business critical to the recreational, but regardless of how differently they may look and behave, they’re all amazingly similar in basic function. Once you understand how the microprocessor-or central processing unit (CPU)-works, you’ll have a firm grasp of the fundamental concepts at the heart of all modern computing.

    Inside the Machine, from the co-founder of the highly respected Ars Technica website, explains how microprocessors operate-what they do and how they do it. The book uses analogies, full-color diagrams, and clear language to convey the ideas that form the basis of modern computing. After discussing computers in the abstract, the book examines specific microprocessors from Intel, IBM, and Motorola, from the original models up through today’s leading processors. It contains the most comprehensive and up-to-date information available (online or in print) on Intel’s latest processors: the Pentium M, Core, and Core 2 Duo. Inside the Machine also explains technology terms and concepts that readers often hear but may not fully understand, such as “pipelining,” “L1 cache,” “main memory,” “superscalar processing,” and “out-of-order execution.”

    Includes discussion of:
    * Parts of the computer and microprocessor
    * Programming fundamentals (arithmetic instructions, memory accesses, control flow instructions, and data types)
    * Intermediate and advanced microprocessor concepts (branch prediction and speculative execution)
    * Intermediate and advanced computing concepts (instruction set architectures, RISC and CISC, the memory hierarchy, and encoding and decoding machine languageinstructions)
    * 64–bit computing vs. 32–bit computing
    * Caching and performance

    Inside the Machine is perfect for students of science and engineering, IT and business professionals, and the growing community of hardware tinkerers who like to dig into the guts of their machines.