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Philip Wolff "Editor, Skype Journal" RSS Feed (Oakland, CA USA)

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Experience Skype to the Max
Experience Skype to the Max
Price: $4.94

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on Skype for business users ever, July 25, 2012
A few things that make Experience Skype to the Max worth your time and money.

1. Jim Courtney, the author, knows his Skype. He's written more than 800 blog posts and product reviews on Skype, Skype related software, Skype compatible hardware, how people use Skype at home and at work, Skype as a force to change the universe, all that stuff.

2. While you can get into skyping in a few minutes, if you're spending a lot of time Skyping people you should use this book. There are features that will save you time. Tricks that will save you money. Heck, there are some tips that will make you more popular, get more done, and put a twinkle in your smile. Most Skypers never use 11% of what Skype can do; and yes, I made that number up, but you take my point. If you're climbing past newbie stage and want to level up, Jim's book is the simplest way to get there. If you're encouraging someone else to feel more confident Skyping, this would make a great gift.

3. Skype for business is a thing. 40% of people use Skype at work; and that's an official Skype statistic. If Skype is in your collaboration and communication toolkit, Jim has some great material for you. Group chats are great for keeping teams on the same page, for example.

4. Let me get back to you on 4.

5. The book is like Jim: thorough, organized, plain speaking, smart, polite and friendly. Not to stereotype Canadians but, well, Jim is very nice. I should know; I worked for years with Jim on the independent Skype Journal blog. He's great with people and his writing is some of the best rated and most read material we've ever had on the site. The book is complete, easy to navigate, clear, and straightforward. Useful, too.

4. Skype is a moving target, changing every quarter. Jim went with an ebook format so he can keep Max updated; this Kindle edition will get free updates through Summer 2013. Even as Skype ships new versions for Windows or your TV or your toothbrush, you'll be getting the best resource for making the most of it.

That's it. Welcome to Skypeland!

American Mourning: The Intimate Story of Two Families Joined by War--Torn by Beliefs
American Mourning: The Intimate Story of Two Families Joined by War--Torn by Beliefs
by Catherine Moy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.09
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8 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too long, would have been a better short article, October 27, 2006
Like a padded homework assignment, Moy spends too much time on irrelevant, boring stuff nobody cares about. She could easily have cut out 150+ pages to make this a better read. Instead, it's boring. The tedium isn't even relieved by the over-the-top character attacks and festivals of hyperbole. It just drags. It's like Moy's radio show on a realllllly sloooowwwww night; little news, few facts, no insights, just desperately trying to avoid dead air.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Webcam joy, December 17, 2005
I love this. They come individually wrapped, so you can give them as gifts. If you use a webcam with Skype, AOL, MSN, or Yahoo, this lets you doodle, diagram, or otherwise use a marker to talk. Much better than holding up flimsy sheets of paper. Small enough to fit in a backpack or desk drawer.

My only caution, erase promptly. I left some notes on for a few days and they didn't come off without a spray on whiteboard cleaner.

Rock Swings
Rock Swings
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Price: $15.99
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I could hear every word, September 26, 2005
This review is from: Rock Swings (Audio CD)
I enjoyed swing, Sinatra, and most of these tunes before I bought the album. Still do, but with a new appreciation for the tunes. And for Anka.

With some songs, you don't get the poetry of the lyrics unless you slow them down and read the liner notes (or play them eight thousand times). Other songs are musically sophisticated but you don't notice it for the rockin vocal or a novel sound. One virtue of this delightfully bizarre approach is that anything blurred by their hitmaking performance is crystal clear.

Anka breaks these songs down and builds them up again. He both inhabits the songs, makes them his own. And this works, mostly. Sometimes it works well. The words and melody sometimes clash, but it was performance that let them survive the first time out. Performance and arrangement wins here. So do we.

I'd pay for a sequel or two. Thanks, Paul.

Building the Shining City: The Grassroots Lobbying Guide for Christian Activists
Building the Shining City: The Grassroots Lobbying Guide for Christian Activists
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4.0 out of 5 stars Simple, practical, traditional, July 19, 2005
The Christian Voice political action group wrote this short, elegant guide to issue and electoral activism. Lots of examples and plain writing in the style of Readers Digest make it accessible.

The advice is nuts and bolts. How to write a letter that gets published, setting up a phone tree, putting your church to work, and the like.

The first chapter is motivational, about "The Duties of Christian Citizenship." If you're training grassroots volunteers, it provides a way to think about translating your faith into civic action.

It is not sophisticated. It is not thorough. It is not even up-to-date. It is biased, jingoistic, and overtly evangelical.

And that's what makes it work. It is just what political newbies living inside communities of faith need to start being effective in the political world. Not too little. Not too much. It's just right.

The Power of Many: How the Living Web Is Transforming Politics, Business, and Everyday Life
The Power of Many: How the Living Web Is Transforming Politics, Business, and Everyday Life
by Christian Crumlish
Edition: Hardcover
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The right place, the right time, the right questions, November 14, 2004
This book has all the hallmarks of a classic. It's what happens when you drop a witty, cool, and curious observer into the maelstrom of a tsunami social change which is at and through its tipping point. Xian is like a great Sherlock Holmes who probes and interviews for facts and clues, for causes and effects. The decentralization of power, of information, of influence changes... everything. Pluralism is no longer just for politics. It's for the arts, and sciences, and community, and the workplace. Xian manages to find people who surf these waves of change, who're living it or making it happen, and gets you the inside view. And, like Holmes, he connects the dots. When you're done, you have a new way to think about your world, a context for connecting your own dots.

We The Media
We The Media
by Dan Gillmor
Edition: Hardcover
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An important work at a time of transition, August 4, 2004
This review is from: We The Media (Hardcover)
People's Journalism, Participatory Journalism, Citizen Journalism, Collage Documentary. Whatever you call it, we've put the tools for self publishing in the hands of millions. What happens when the amateurs outnumber the professionals ten-to-one? one-hundred-to-one? Big change, just starting in 2004.

Dan tackles how it works, why it's happening, and what this means. He sourced it with online research. And by thorough investigation, interviewing people on all sides of the phenomenon, by traveling in Asia, North America, and Europe to meet them.

If you've enjoyed his Mercury News column or his popular weblog, you'll enjoy his writing here. More importantly, if you are a J-school student or professor, a working news professional, an investor or manager in news media, this is a must read. The insights and conclusions will be useful as personal publishing, blogging included, continues to spread around the world.

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