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Getting a Big Data Job For Dummies
Getting a Big Data Job For Dummies
by Jason Williamson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $21.77
44 used & new from $15.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Succinct Introduction Not Only for Job Seekers, But For Anyone to Get The Big Picture of Big Data Technology & Applications, February 24, 2015
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Given that except for part time research I am basically retired I obtained this book from Vine to get a better handle on what big data is; its applications in healthcare industry and government, and the primary technologies it exploits. On the basis of more than 25 years in the information technology industries it provides a good introduction to acquiring the necessary skill set and presentation to enter this burgeoning field. But, it also provides a succinct introduction to the technologies -- e.g. Hadoop, Machine Learning, Cloud Computing and how these are ued in industry and government. As such it is a valuable (although short) introduction suitable to anyone looking into the big data industry and technologies.


Make: Getting Started with Arduino: The Open Source Electronics Prototyping Platform
Make: Getting Started with Arduino: The Open Source Electronics Prototyping Platform
by Massimo Banzi
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.62
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still The Best Getting Started Guide for Arduino and Microcontroller Technology. With More Extensive Examples, Sensors, Cloud .., February 19, 2015
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Massimo Banzi a principal developer of the Arduino Open Source Microcontroller System and Michael Shiloh Educational Lead of the Arduino Community provide an still easy to read/browse/and follow the artistic pictures, and yet more extensive introduction to Arduino ecosystem.
This is an excellent first book to have whether you are a youthful technologist, and artist or crafts-person, or adult looking for a non-threatening introduction to this important technology. Enough is given in this no-longer as brief introduction to install all software and physical components, wire up a working system, and debug the results. No technical terminology is introduced without a full explanation and the hand-sketched pictorial
illustrations show exactly how to connect and wire up all projects. Considerably more information is provided than in previous editions:

1. Full software installation and connection instructions are provided for Windows and OS X (Macintosh) installation is given with a call out to corresponding Linux installation
2. Explanation and configuration information for the Leonardo as well as UNO board is given.
3. Basic and more advanced sensors and actuators are described and used in examples.
4. Cloud and the beginnings of Internet of Things technologies are described in a fully-documented example.
5. Use of a Real-Time Clock (RTC) is described.


The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age
The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age
by Robert M. Wachter
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.78

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Coverage of Electronic Health Records, Big Data-based and Expert Systems-based Medical Systems, Light Coverage of Sensors, February 19, 2015
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This book and its explanations of medicine, technology and public policy are excellent and an informative read in those aspects of current and future medicine they cover. There is an excellent explanation of EHR (Electronic Health Records) and the diversion in attention on the part of providers it entails, as well as coverage of current incompatibilities between systems. There is also significant coverage of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Based Medicine although I found some blurring between Supervised Machine Learning and Big Data-based algorithms and Expert Systems--Perhaps this is because the most significant system covered is IBM's Watson which involves both elements. The biggest lacuna I found in this review of technology-based medicine involves the use of sensors both at the hospital bedside (and related HL7 Informatics) and the authors skepticism of the Quantified Self Movement and widespread use of health and fitness sensors, such as Fitbit and Samsung's Simband platform. Certainly the use and adaptation of sensors translating bodily information, and smartphone health are trends which whether or not they are successful and regardless of how Medical Professionals regard the data collected by this technology will have a significant impact on the health professions in the near future.


*InstaBox Fantasy A8* Ultra Octa-Core 4K Android 4.4 Smart TV Box & Kodi XBMC 14.0 Wi-Fi Streaming Media Player, 2G. Allwinner A80 8x Cores, HDMI Mini PC, Bluetooth 4.0, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4G/5G
*InstaBox Fantasy A8* Ultra Octa-Core 4K Android 4.4 Smart TV Box & Kodi XBMC 14.0 Wi-Fi Streaming Media Player, 2G. Allwinner A80 8x Cores, HDMI Mini PC, Bluetooth 4.0, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4G/5G
Offered by Sanatop
Price: $168.00
3 used & new from $168.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Instabox Fantasy A8 A Set Top Box With The Best Features of Roku and Tivo; A Powerful Computer, Best Android Performance, February 8, 2015
If you have been looking for a set top box, and want something more powerful and flexible than Roku or Apple TV, and perhaps want the capabilities of Media Streaming, plus the ability to browse the web and read email, you need look no further than Instabox’s Fantasy A8. Built on a powerful 8 core ARM processor, with graphics capabilities up to 4K (but backward compatible with 720 P, and 1080 I/P) the Fantasy A8 delivers not only media display of Netflix, You Tube and Hulu and Comcast Streaming Services, but the ability to stream Video, Audio and Other Content from your own collection (such as DVD’s, and Music), and display video, music and other content downloaded from the Internet. You are getting the best capabilities of Roku, Apple TV and Tivo. Almost all App’s available from Google Play or any Android Store/Free Source are available and they will perform with the greatest possible speeds and without glitches The Fantasy is based upon a powerful computer chip the eight core All Winner A80 developed by a consortium of China’s leading Computer Scientists and chip experts and offers the best performance or any Android device now available. You can use this computer for Gaming, Web Browsing including Video and Interactive Media, Email, and Even Programming or Mathematical Calculations. This powerful built-in Computer can be used as a stand-alone desktop with compatible computer monitors and with ease of attachment to SDHC cards (up to 64K) or a 3 Terabyte SATA Hard Disk.

The processor is also compatible with the Ubuntu Linux Operating System and Sainsonic or the Manufacturer will provide instructions for reflashing the memory either to Ubuntu Linux or back to Android (This should be done only by users familiar with the respective OS’s and utilities). I plan on using this powerful system with the Ubuntu Operating System in a Health and Fitness Application with Data/Web Serving Capabilities.

--Ira Laefsky Glenside, PA USA


JavaScript for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming
JavaScript for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming
by Nick Morgan
Edition: Paperback
Price: $25.34
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exciting Introduction to the Web's Native Language and Programming Environment,. Excellent Coding Book for Kids and Adults., January 29, 2015
This excellent beginner's book on programming is suitable for children and adults. As Nick Morgan, the author points out this language is ideal for an introduction to programming, not only because it has no installation requirements beyond access to a web browser, but also because the web is the single most accessed programming and networking application experienced by all computer users. This easy to follow and easy to learn introduction begins with entering commands into the web browser's javascript console and proceeds with HTML/Javascript web authoring, enticing graphics and engaging and graphical games. It is both an easy to follow and engaging introduction as well as eventually introducing many advanced features of the language such as DOM, JQuery, and Canvas. This book is a must have for children and adults.


How Linux Works: What Every Superuser Should Know
How Linux Works: What Every Superuser Should Know
by Brian Ward
Edition: Paperback
Price: $26.33
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on UNDERSTANDING Linux as well as Using it and performing Systems Administration., January 29, 2015
If you want to understand Linux, as well as type or mouse-select commands to run applications and manage a system--This is the book to have!!!!
Not since Eric Foxley's 1985 "Unix for Super-Users" which uniquely explained the parent operating system by describing its file systems, booting sequence and processes has there been a successful effort to instruct in using and managing an operating system by describing how it works. Brian Ward's book is unique for Linux in teaching basic and not-so-basic use of the operating system and systems administration, while instructing in the kernel,programming tools, systems model, file systems, processes, boot sequence and networking model--so that the user truly understands the underlying system.

No Linuix Newbie or Systems Administrator will be left typing commands without understanding how this Open Source and Expertly Designed Operating System actually works. This book is a must have for anyone who interacts with Linux as well as any student of Operating Systems.


The Innovator's Hypothesis: How Cheap Experiments Are Worth More than Good Ideas
The Innovator's Hypothesis: How Cheap Experiments Are Worth More than Good Ideas
by Michael Schrage
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $9.95
55 used & new from $4.88

5.0 out of 5 stars Controller Cost-Effective and Time Constrained Experimentation for Business, January 29, 2015
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Michael Schrage, A business and innovation consultant at MIT's Sloan School extents his experimental philosophy of prototypes, models and simulations from product and process design to the vital area of business innovation. He emphasizes his cheap, fast experimentation methodology toward cost-effective and successful business innovation. Like in his product innovation writings he retells the story of IDEO's cost effective prototyping of an under $25,00 (cost to manufacture) Apple Mouse and directs this model to experimentation for business innovation. Cer\tainly his 5x5 experiments of under 5 person teams conducting experiments at under $5,000 in cost in under 5 weeks will not apply to all successful business experiments--Netflix spent well over the $1,000,000 prize money in sponsoring a contest for recommendation algorithms for entertainment; but the notion of cost and time controlled experiments is applicable to almost all businesses regardless of scale.

This book is a must have for all managers and students of business.


Linksys N300+ Wi-Fi Wireless Router with Gigabit Ports and Linksys Connect Including Parental Controls & Advanced Settings (E1700)
Linksys N300+ Wi-Fi Wireless Router with Gigabit Ports and Linksys Connect Including Parental Controls & Advanced Settings (E1700)
Price: $54.99
39 used & new from $54.99

4.0 out of 5 stars An Inexpensive Choice for Those Replacing the Wifi from There ISP> Speed and Reflashing Issues. Easy Setup & 1 Yr Support., January 25, 2015
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Easy Setup and good One-year support by Linksys. Speed and Downloads of Updates Present Issues. A good choice for those replacing their wifi router from the ISP. Like all Linksys products there is sufficient information and instructions on the website, and Linksys offers one year free phone support. There have been reports with difficulties from the automatic download of updates and use of the Cisco Cloud. Although Cisco and Linksys say this is being corrected and offer good advisory support.


Rapesco AV-69 Heavy Duty Stapler with Work Tray, 115 Sheet Capacity, Silver/Purple (0461)
Rapesco AV-69 Heavy Duty Stapler with Work Tray, 115 Sheet Capacity, Silver/Purple (0461)
Offered by Blue Mountain Store
Price: $41.50
5 used & new from $41.50

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent High Capacity Stapler. Poor Instructions & Over Use of Plastic Construction, January 25, 2015
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In the age of high-speed ink-jet and laser printer and downloadable books, there is an appreciable need for a stapler that willl go to 100 sheets or more. This stapler has those capabilities (although I have so far only tested about a 40 sheet package). My main complaints about this otherwise excellent and very necessary product is that the instructions were limited to a pictorial label on the side of the box (which took some effort to understand; and the fact that this brand of staples from the UK is not available from Staples and other in-person stationary stores so the staples must be purchased from Amazon or other online sources. Except for those two points I would rate this as an excellent and very ueful product.


Rapesco Porpoise Classic Plier Stapler, 40 Sheet Capacity, Chrome (R81000A3)
Rapesco Porpoise Classic Plier Stapler, 40 Sheet Capacity, Chrome (R81000A3)
Offered by Sell Lounge Inc.
Price: $12.50
5 used & new from $12.50

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Duty Medium Capacity Stapler--Lacks Instructions, January 4, 2015
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Heavy Duty Medium Capacity Stapler--Lacks Instructions

When you get it working this medium heavy duty stapler performs as expected, up to fourty sheet stapling--doesn't need to be pressed against a table surface. I see to drawbacks to this otherwise excellent piece of British craftsmanship. One there are no loading instructions included in the stapler or staples box, I needed the help of my father a civil engineer to determine how to load the staples. Also because thi is a UK company not yet well known in the US replacement staple are not available at Staples and similar stationary stores--you can however purchase additional staples from Amazon or Ebay.


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