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Informatica 1.0 Book & CD-ROM : Access to the Best Tools for Mastering the Information Revolution Paperback – November 30, 1999


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In his introduction to Informatica 1.0, author Peter M. Black notes that his original pitch to Random House was that his book would be similar to The Whole Earth Catalog, only 30 years later--without the chemical toilets and backpacking gear. What he offers instead is a catalog for a wired world that is always in search of more information. The products he reviews and recommends are separated into five categories: hardware (telescopes, digital cameras, laptops, electric cars, etc.), sources (Web sites), software, plasticware (videos, DVDs, CDs), and paperware (books). Among the items covered: the BedLounge, a chair that's perfect for the growing number of people who use laptops to get a little more work done before turning over; the Suncatcher Solar Panel, a portable power source for portable devices; Cardscan, software that reads business cards and stores the data in your personal information manager; Great Speeches of the 20th Century, an audio CD collection of some of the best oratory, from Edison and Teddy Roosevelt to Reagan and Clinton; and The Victorian Internet, a book about the rise of the telegraph and the 19th century's online pioneers.

As part of its effort to help readers become informed buyers, Informatica 1.0 offers various lists of Rules to Buy By (for example, buy a slower processor and more RAM; trust, but verify; buy from a manufacturer that will swap out for repair). Ironically, Black consistently contends that people should not buy version 1.0 of anything. "V1.0 always stinks up the room.... It is generally more expensive, more trouble, and consumes more resources." It's therefore easy to predict that many of the items in this book will become outdated. In fact, it's entirely possible that some items--digital cameras, certain software, various URLs--will have been eclipsed by the time the book hits the shelves. Black seems to have covered his bases, however, with--you guessed it--a Web site. His hope is that readers will visit www.xiphias.com for downloadable updates that will cost several bucks. "The charter," Black writes, "will be to hunt for things, services and ideas that are on their way to v2.0." --John Russell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A kind of Information Age "Whole Earth Catalog," this very idiosyncratic collection reviews more than 400 items (including print, software, audiotapes, videocassettes, web sites, and electronic products) for accessing and managing information.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Reference (November 30, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375706372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375706370
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,859,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Prem S. Lekhi on May 29, 2001
If you are one of those who want to be the first ones to experience/own a technology or product and love books, then this book has something unique to offer.
It is a book/CD which has versions. Once you own it, you can get updates from the Internet Site and continue to build the brain/database.
The choice of sites/products used in the book/CD is excellent, fun and unique. You are bound to learn something new and that too "off-line" cause the contents are both in print and on the CDRom.
This book is an experience in itself. But it is non-traditional -- it is different!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Chen on September 18, 2005
I paid for the price of book and CD- ROM, but there's no CD-ROM

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tess on October 17, 2009
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I returned the book back to sender. I was intending to purchase Informatica - computer related book not what was sent. I need for the seller to refund my money back. I've not receive a refund yet.
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