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If I Were an Electron (Headstart S.)
If I Were an Electron (Headstart S.)
by Noel Wilson
Edition: Board book

5.0 out of 5 stars A uniquely valuable children's book., 30 Jun. 2010
You don't often get books that teach fundamental physics to 7-9 year olds and most books in this age range try to enhance creativity by taking the child off to stereotyped fantasy worlds or replay dull daily routines with animals in clothes. This book takes a completely different approach and has got our daughters asking probing questions about the world around them, what it really is and how it really works.


The Soul of a New Machine (Modern Library)
The Soul of a New Machine (Modern Library)
by Tracy Kidder
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A unique insight of what lies beneath the surface of technology., 1 Jan. 2010
This great classic of the computer and software engineering world won Kidder the 1981 Pulitzer. If you enjoyed The Right Stuff or The Nudist on the Late Shift: And Other True Tales of Silicon Valley you'll love this as a story of origins.

The epic it recounts is now a familiar tale in a hundred technology start-ups and cutting edge research projects, but at the time was an unfamiliar one to the outside world. If you ever wanted to know what lies below the surface of the technology that you use every day and what happens behind the scenes, then this is the great classic. If you are an engineer you'll live a breath this - if you are a manager you'll learn what makes these guys tick and what they value and if you are an outsider you'll learn about a different world where everything that lies beneath the surface of the modern age is made.

Here we we learn about kludges and canards - and meet project leader Tom West - whose slogan "Not everything worth doing is worth doing well" seemingly a byword of computing.

Machines may be more powerful now but the very same issues, stories and interplay between founders, funders, engineers and marketers that is covers in intense detail and with excitement and energy still exist.


Inside Steve's Brain
Inside Steve's Brain
by Leander Kahney
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A very different and enlightening perspective on Steve Jobs., 28 Dec. 2009
This review is from: Inside Steve's Brain (Hardcover)
There are many, enthralling tales of Jobs influence on the last three decades from Young and Simon's ICon: Steve Jobs, the Greatest Second Act in the History of Business to Truimph of Nerds, Vol. 1-3 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] and Pirates of Silicon Valley [DVD] [1999] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] but while these try to entertain with versions of the "what" none really look at the underlying "why" except in the role of closet psychologists.

Leander Kahney look beneath the surface and takes the opportunity here to study how Steve Job's specific actions were necessary to create the outcomes that have driven personal computing forward in the late 20th century and created whole new families of products and solutions since. The very characteristics that have formed the basis of the tabloid or populist approach to Jobs are analysed by Kahney on a chapter by chapter basis, with titles like Focus, Despotism, Perfectionism, Elitism - each carefully analysing - even deconstructing - the origins and purposes of these facets and then building them up to form a more complete understanding of the whole.

This book is enhanced by reading it with Woz's chapter in Founders at Work : Stories of Startups' Early Days: Stories of Startups' Early Days (Recipes: a Problem-Solution Ap)
and The Inmates are Running the Asylum: Why High-tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity to hand to help the reader understand Job's contribution to Apple and the continual battle that he has faced to lead the creation of the products we associate with him.

Altogether, first class journalism and highly recommended.


The One Minute Manager Builds High Performing Teams (The One Minute Manager)
The One Minute Manager Builds High Performing Teams (The One Minute Manager)
by Kenneth Blanchard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

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5.0 out of 5 stars A simple effective approach to a range of management issues., 28 Dec. 2009
Blanchard and Johnson's classic may seem simplistic and formulaic, but it sets the framework for consistent, effective management.

In particular, it sets a simple methodology which allows employees to identify and utilize their core skills, allowing managers a system for understanding the employees needs and issues - while staying in control and keeping the project focused and on target.

Highly recommended for technical people needing to manage employees and contractors with a range of skill sets, without having to either loose the ability to guide the project or on the other hand micromanage.


Digital Rights Management and Content Development: Technology Drivers Across the Book Production Supply Chain, from Creator to Consumer
Digital Rights Management and Content Development: Technology Drivers Across the Book Production Supply Chain, from Creator to Consumer
by Bill Cope
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended, 11 Oct. 2004
A useful and professional book by Cope & Freeman from RMIT University funded under the Australian Government's Infrastructure and Industry Growth Fund (IIGF). A useful, well focused read for any print publisher moving into e-publishing.
Future editions should extend to cover "secure collaborative work environments" and their use in editing and bringing books to the market.


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