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Mobile and Web Messaging: Messaging Protocols for Web and Mobile Devices
Mobile and Web Messaging: Messaging Protocols for Web and Mobile Devices
by Jeff Mesnil
Edition: Paperback
Price: $20.98
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4.0 out of 5 stars Messaging Protocols, Sensors and Internet of Things With A Strong Emhasis on IOS Programming, October 29, 2014
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While there is an emphasis on IOS specific programming technologies this book is also important in that it represents one of the few sources documenting messaging protocols such as MQTT an important protocol technology to anyone involved with smart sensors and Internet of Things Protocols. It also documents (to some extent the use of Web Sockets another important sensor and IOT transport protocol. While I would have preferred a more general text on messaging protocols and sensor data communication this handbook will have to stand in its stead in the interim in spite of an emphasis on IOS programming.


Autodesk SketchBook Pro 7
Autodesk SketchBook Pro 7
Price: $59.89
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Well Priced Product for Sketching and Perspective Drawing But Little Included Documentation, October 5, 2014
This review is from: Autodesk SketchBook Pro 7 (CD-ROM)
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This seems to be a well designed set of tool for sketching, painting and perspective drawing. I was frustrated by the lack of documentation to acquaint the purchaser with the tool palette. I would have a appreciated a set of video tutorials to learn the obvious power granted by the interface. There would appear to be some advantage for using a Wacom or similar tablet drawing tool in connection with this package, but within the capabilities for sketching and painting I was able to understand without documentation mouse based, and touchscreen based tool manipulation seem adequate.


Analyzing Baseball Data with R (Chapman & Hall/CRC The R Series)
Analyzing Baseball Data with R (Chapman & Hall/CRC The R Series)
by Jim Albert
Edition: Paperback
Price: $32.48
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get This Book If You Want To Learn R. Even if you have NO interest in Baseball :), September 30, 2014
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I highly recommend this book as a primer for R, even though I may be the last person in the world who would be interested in baseball. It gives a clear and interesting and easily understood introduction to R. First basic statistics and the R language are introduced in a clear and well exemplified fashion. A variety of built-in and external (e.g. in ggplot ) graphical techniques and visualization tools are presented. A variety of more advanced techniques (e.g. Markov Chains) are presented and well-explained.
Finally, the means to interact with databases such as MySql and importing foreign data formats is given, exemplified and explained.

This is one of the best primers to basic and not-so-basic R usage, and the examples are interesting and well explained even if you have no interest in sport.


TP-LINK Archer C8 AC1750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, 2.4GHz 450Mbps+5Ghz 1350Mbps, 1 USB 2.0 Port & 1 USB 3.0 Port, IPv6, Guest Network
TP-LINK Archer C8 AC1750 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router, 2.4GHz 450Mbps+5Ghz 1350Mbps, 1 USB 2.0 Port & 1 USB 3.0 Port, IPv6, Guest Network
Offered by Network Giant
Price: $129.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product Well Documented with a Pictorial Quick Start Guide, September 29, 2014
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Over 1000 mostly highly satisfied users have reviewed this product. My main contribution would be to say that the pictorial quick start guide on TP-Link's web site is highly explicit and easy to follow. This is not my experience with wireless product from other manufacturers. Also note that it is important for wireless security to update the firmware to the latest version on TP-Link's website.


Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon
Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon
by Kim Zetter
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.63

4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Moderately Technical Telling of The First Exposed Cyberweapon, September 29, 2014
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A few years back general descriptions of cyber-warfare scenarios came into print, but these lacked a reference to real world events.
This telling of the first exposed cyber-attack by nation states is excitingly described by a technical columnist for "Wired". The book offers sufficient detail for a lay person or a non-security oriented technical professional to appreciate the methods by which this weapon was conceived and detected. It offers important implications for the future of cyber-warfare and the nature of real world software-based weapons.


Bayesian Data Analysis, Third Edition (Chapman & Hall/CRC Texts in Statistical Science)
Bayesian Data Analysis, Third Edition (Chapman & Hall/CRC Texts in Statistical Science)
by Andrew Gelman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $60.52
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Introduction and Thorough Discussion of Bayesian Statistics. My Print Had Some Legibility Problems, September 22, 2014
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This book provides a short one chapter introduction to the use of Bayesian Analysis suitable for someone who has completed elementary statistics in an undergraduate program. The body of the book which is well illustrated by examples requires a significant background in statistics, calculus and linear algebra. Graphics and application examples are provided for these topics.

One physical criticism of the book (which may be limited to my copy and a given batch), is the light grey type making up much of the book. One would expect a high level of legibility in an expensive reference work.
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Benson Mills Climbing Vine Heavy Weight Spillproof Tablecloth, Ivory, 60-inch-by-104 inch
Benson Mills Climbing Vine Heavy Weight Spillproof Tablecloth, Ivory, 60-inch-by-104 inch
Price: $19.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Attractive Tablecloth With Almost Permanent Wrinkles and Foldlines. Only Four Napkins., September 21, 2014
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Heavy Duty Attractive Tablecloth with only four napkins. The biggest drawback is that it is not permanent press and easily develops wrinkles and fold lines.


How to Kill a Unicorn: How the World's Hottest Innovation Factory Builds Bold Ideas That Make It to Market
How to Kill a Unicorn: How the World's Hottest Innovation Factory Builds Bold Ideas That Make It to Market
by Mark Payne
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.97
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Business and User Need Approach to Product and Service Innovation, September 17, 2014
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This firm, Fahrenheit 212 presents themselves as the best combination of a McKinsey and IDEO approach to innovation. Their evaluation of new product and service ideas uses a dual-forked analytical approach called "Magic" and "Money". The author claims (probably correctly) that while identifying a hidden or unexpressed user need is vital to successful introduction of a new offering analytically must consider both consumer need and company strengths (a Porter-like competitive analysis) through aggressive and competitive (in the sense of adversarial) analysis. They call good ideas which have not been analyzed in financial and competitive terms "Unicorns" which cannot be executed successfully. They have certainly allied themselves with multi-national giants like Samsung, and gotten name recognition for their consulting practice; but I wonder whether the best user needs identification and carry-out to practice would be better served by separate internal or external design and competitive analysis experts cementing their separate ideas before trying to do both sorts of analysis by a single undifferentiated team.


BISSELL BOLT ION PLUS 2-in-1 Lightweight Cordless Vacuum, 18v, 13121
BISSELL BOLT ION PLUS 2-in-1 Lightweight Cordless Vacuum, 18v, 13121
Price: $189.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Suction (Powerful Motor) More Than Adequate Charging Insufficient Detail on The Pictorial Instructions, September 17, 2014
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The two best features of this powerful cordless vacuum are its powerful motor with great suction and its more than adequate charging and "stay-on" without AC. We found it was generally easy to assemble but there was a lack of "close-up" detail in the User Guide/Pictorial Instructions for snap-ins and fit. The dust buster configuration works adequately, but because it shares parts with the upright configuration it cannot be used simultaneously with the full sized vacuum and we will probably tick to our existing "Dust Buster".

A solid product :-)


Norton Security with Backup
Norton Security with Backup
Price: $62.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing Array of Norton Product Names Competent But Unexceptional OSX Product, September 17, 2014
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I use Norton Security Suite on My Windows PC's as supplied by Comcast my ISP provider without additional charge. There is also some free Internet protection for MAC's, and I imagine siilar servicess through Verizon and other major ISP's. My biggest problem with this product is the confusing nomenclature/naming used in this product. I searched Amazon for other Norton Products and must have found at least ten different product configurations with names like Norton Antivirus/ Norton 360 etc. I was not able to tell which was the best configuration for protection of my MACBOOK or determine whether that product was better or (how different from the free version I get from Comcast. In searching Mac OSX Sites for Antivirus/Firewall for OSX the most recommended product was ESET Cybersecurity.

So Norton advertising and nomenclature has left me confused and not knowing which of their products they would mot recommend for a given configuration.


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