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Mathias Slabbinck (Brugge, Belgium)

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Prioritizing Web Usability
Prioritizing Web Usability
by Jakob Nielsen
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Great read - practical and hands on., 10 Aug. 2009
Great book, well illustrated, very practical. It got me to rethink our company website from bottom up. Actually, it turned out to be a pretty expensive read now that I come to think about it...

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.49

3.0 out of 5 stars A good idea, but not enough to fill 300 pages..., 10 Aug. 2009
The idea of the "Black Swan" is logical and refreshing. However, the book is way too long. Taleb often repeats himself, and it is sometimes hard to understand where he is "really going" to. At moments the book is dull and lacks pace, but it has numerous oneliners (keep your notebook at hand). His attack on the Gaussian curve in the third part of the book (and basically everything we were ever thaught about statistics) is very funny and thought provoking. The image of Taleb choking on his coffee in Frankfurt Airport after being handed a D-Mark bill with the bell curve is hysterical. I wouldn't take him too seriously, but this is a great book to give to anyone who you believe takes himself too seriously (especially if they are gung-ho on numbers, statistics and especially forecasts and predictions). And what if you don't agree with Taleb? As the man himself writes : just "fuggetaboudit"!

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