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Think Complexity: Complexity Science and Computational Modeling
Think Complexity: Complexity Science and Computational Modeling
by Allen B. Downey
Edition: Paperback
Price: 22.61

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Critical Mass : Applied, 28 April 2013
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In an airport waiting for another long-haul flight, I bought "Critical Mass" by Philip Ball to get some intellectual stimulation. It gave a me a completely new view of the world: A world of complexity, evolution & emergence appeared out of the blue in the 8 hour flight. I landed with a sharp contrast in mind from the reductionist engineering background I left another continent with.
I caught myself standing in the border control queue, waving the hot air from my face with my passport, wondering: How do I apply these concepts & ideas?

Two and a half years later I know how, thanks to Allan Downey's Think Complexity. A book that takes your through a supremely structured self-learning program of getting the concepts of complex systems under your skin.

Be warned, when you start with his other books (learning python, think stats, etc.) there is no indication of the density of knowledge in this book. It is a complete course in engineering in pocket-format. It is brilliantly assembled, but don't be deceived by it's number of pages: Completing the exercises in the book will be time-consuming and it will change the way you solve problems.

I would proudly recommend it any-time to an enthusiastic Python'eer, but also warn that it is not for the faint-hearted casual reader.

Brillant assembly Allan. Thank you..!


Asus N56VM 15.6-inch Laptop (Black) - (Intel Core i7 i7 3610QM  2.2GHz, 8GB RAM, 750GB HDD, Blu-ray Combo, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, BT, Nvidia Graphics, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit)
Asus N56VM 15.6-inch Laptop (Black) - (Intel Core i7 i7 3610QM 2.2GHz, 8GB RAM, 750GB HDD, Blu-ray Combo, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, BT, Nvidia Graphics, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great machine, 5 Feb 2013
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Yes it is expensive at 800 but its 3rd generation i7 and 8Gb RAM certain does the job. Heavy multi-threaded simulation, accelerated graphics and plenty of harddisk space makes it mirror a light weight workstation. The ventilation is on the side so it wont start cooking like the low-end ultrabooks. I can run Linux in a virtual box with 4 cores and 4 Gb of memory assigned and it is as responsive as if it was a native installation. Finally I have to mentioned the B&O ICEpower sound system: Splendid sound.

I'd buy it again. anytime.


APC BE400-UK 240 Watts /400 VA,Input 230V /Output 230V, Interface Port USB Power-Saving Back-UPS
APC BE400-UK 240 Watts /400 VA,Input 230V /Output 230V, Interface Port USB Power-Saving Back-UPS
Offered by Ballicom International
Price: 69.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Saved me several times, 5 Feb 2013
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I have never bought a UPS before but was annoyed with the knock-out of my computer network whenever the occasional 1-3 second brownout hits the household.

This little fellow fits in a night table and can back-up modest power consumption with no problems (I have about 250W consumption on it). My test of the unit was simply to pull the cable and leave the unit without power for 30 minutes


D-Link DUB-H7 7 - Port USB 2.0 Hub External
D-Link DUB-H7 7 - Port USB 2.0 Hub External
Price: 18.97

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin., 19 Nov 2012
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This USB hub has sufficient power (which is a typical problem the cheaper hubs have), works out of the box, and the software that follows is not needed.

I used it with Linux Debian to setup a Raspberry Pi as a fileserver for a stack of USB disks and it works perfect.

Top Quality. I'll buy it again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For Wide People & Nightly Shuffling :-), 8 Sep 2012
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I have used Thermarest RidgeRest for the last 15 years and though I have had several self-inflating mats the RidgeRests is simply the best.

It is virtually indestructible. 8pcs of them can carry an 80kg person dry across a river and sleeping on ice and snow is quite comfortable and never sucks water.

What makes this "large" model interesting is that it is about 4 inches wider than other models, whereby it gives plenty of space to shuffle before one rolls of the mat. My preferred outdoor weather protection is the snugpak bivibag (no tent) and though the zrest can collect a little water in the ridges, it doesn't matter to nightly comfort.


Asus Eee PC 1015CX 10.1 inch netbook - Black (Intel Atom N2600 1.6GHz, 1Gb RAM, 320Gb HDD, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, Windows 7 Starter)
Asus Eee PC 1015CX 10.1 inch netbook - Black (Intel Atom N2600 1.6GHz, 1Gb RAM, 320Gb HDD, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, Windows 7 Starter)

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars GLOSS - NO CONTENT, 17 Aug 2012
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Well I have an ASUS 1000HE which I upgraded to 3 GB RAM, 128GB SSD harddrive and Ubuntu Linux OS 12.04. It was the best machine in the household - and after the purchase of this machine (which performs worse) I wonder what was the point?

The 1015CX does not permit ram upgrade (even if you dismantle the whole laptop) because the memory chips are soldered directly onto the motherboard.
The harddrive can be substituted, but with the limited ram and an intel atom running Windows-7 starter I hope you have oceans of patience, because it is sooo energy friendly that nothing happens. When I turned the machine on the first time, windows started updating and was still is winding on the harddrive 2 hours later. What does that mean? Well ASUS EEE is supposed to have 11 hours on battery, but with WIN-7 winding and winding on the mechanical harddrive the battery life drops to 50%.
So why is it spending so much time on the harddrive? Well its because the RAM cannot be upgraded whereby the machine needs to use swap-file all the time. And if you want to upgrade the harddrive to an SSD? Warranty void + extra cost for the MS licence.

WINDOWS 7 = What a miserable OS.

ASUS have never messed up a match between an OS (WIN7), the memory requirements to actually get anything done, the motherboard design and the choice of harddrive sooo badly as in this product.

DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY. Buy the ultrabooks instead.


A Concise Introduction to Programming in Python (Chapman & Hall/CRC Textbooks in Computing)
A Concise Introduction to Programming in Python (Chapman & Hall/CRC Textbooks in Computing)
by Mark J. Johnson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 40.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CONCISE introduction to programming with Python 3, 2 Aug 2012
A concise introduction to programming with Python is exactly that: Concise - and well written!

M.J.Johnson sticks to an incremental introduction to Programming that has a narrow focus and gives clear assignments after each chapter. These assignments reinforce the learning of what was explained in the chapter, and only require the knowledge which was developed by the reader up to that point.

It is a very well structured text-book for self-studying or for an undergraduate program. The book stands on its own and no further material is needed.

In comparison to other books:
- It has no old stories which are peripheral and only of nostalgic interest.
- It wants the reader to try the examples in the book (which are well written).
- It forces the reader to think in problems & solutions.


Linux Command Line and Shell Scripting Bible
Linux Command Line and Shell Scripting Bible
by Richard Blum
Edition: Paperback
Price: 23.11

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The one book for learning the linux Command Line, 14 Aug 2011
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Whilst not having any formal programming education and being rather self-taught I struggled with grasping all the non-Windows concepts which *nix uses. Desperate for getting the concepts right I bought this book. Today, i'd argue that this is where I should have started.

The book provides a clear cut presentation of how to use the linux command-line from the lowest level and gradually moves upwards, by adding layers of syntax in a logical and coherent way. It starts with the (real) basics and guides the reader to a more detailed level in gentle steps with a cute but subtle humour. Whilst most would argue that learning the command-line can be quite a dry subject, the Authors actually manage to present the subject in a living and involving manner. Reading the book (at the rather of a chapter every second evening from front to back) feels more like having a dialogue with the authors than memorising a phone-book (which a lot of other books on the command-line makes you feel like).

So, the one liner to people who have started using linux and wants to know "what is under the bonnet?" This is the book to read!


Smart Swarm: Using Animal Behaviour to Organise Our World
Smart Swarm: Using Animal Behaviour to Organise Our World
by Don Tapscott
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.19

4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining & Enlightening, 23 May 2011
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Peter Millers SMART SWARM gives a good overview of one of the most focal research issues for complex system dynamics, i.e. how decision makers can interact and what kind of the collective behaviour emerges from simple interaction rules.

I'd recommend this book to anyone how may not be familiar with this field, but seeking an entertaining story about it. The references are good enough to pursue the original articles granted that the reader want's further in depth understanding.

For the curious reader thinking "cool - what's this complex stuff all about?" I would recommend this book as an easy read prior to reading Scott Page & John H. Miller's Complex Adaptive Systems, as Peter Miller's book gives a good story to remember, whilst Page & Millers provides a more in-depth explanation of how it works.


Python Cookbook
Python Cookbook
by Alex Martelli
Edition: Paperback

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reference for beginners., 18 Jan 2011
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This review is from: Python Cookbook (Paperback)
The cookbook is a good reference for beginners for python as it presents solutions to problems in a convenient concentrated way.

However(!) this is not introductory material.


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