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Newton's Telecom Dictionary: Telecommunications, Networking, Information Technologies, The Internet, Wired, Wireless, Satellites and Fiber 25th Edition Edition

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ISBN-10: 0979387337
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Why this Dictionary? Why? Because it's impossible to keep up. Newton adds, changes, updates and expands over 100 definitions a week. No other industry changes as fast. No other industry has more confusing terms. If you're NEW or OLD to this industry, you'll use this dictionary. It not only defines the terms and the acronyms. It tells you what the term is, how it works, how you use it, what its benefits are, what its pitfalls are and how it fits into the greater scheme of things. This is not a common dictionary. It's far closer to an encyclopedia.

Newton's Telecom Dictionary is unlike any other technical reference you've ever read. First, it assumes that you, the reader, are not technical. Second, it assumes you want to fully understand the term in business terms. So it not only defines the term, but it provides "Buying Checklists," replete with warnings. Users use this book to get a handle on what they need to buy. Salesmen use this book to understand what they customers are demanding. Bosses use this dictionary to get more than enough info to be dangerous. Consultants use this book to glean higher fees. And lawyers actually use this book in court.

We used to publish a new edition of this dictionary every two years. Now we publish a new edition every year. It's become that hectic. Our guarantee: We keep this dictionary up to date. This dictionary covers every form of telecommunications -- from digital lines in all their forms to the Internet in all its forms. You'll find detailed definitions - some as long as four pages (mini-essays) -- on every transmission and switching technology out. You'll find all the new "hot" areas - computer telephony, IP Telephony, Windows Telephony, video, and all the new standards that are, thankfully, opening telecommunications to standards-based systems. Every new telecom company from Intel to Microsoft to Novell, from Apple to National Semiconductor, from IBM to Sun uses this dictionary for training. All the traditional telecom companies, including AT&T, Sprint, Alcatel-Lucent, Motorola, Nortel, Rockwell, Siemens, Verizon and Ericsson have contributed their company's definitions. As a result, Newton's Telecom Dictionary has truly become an industry-standard dictionary.

The dictionary has been very favorably reviewed in the magazines. PC Magazine called it an "essential resource." Business Week says "mystified by terms such as pink noise, pure aloha, Gorizont? Newton can help." The New York Times wrote, "The book is a fixture on the desks of many who deal with the technical world (like reporters, lawyers and financial analysts)." Now in its 25th expanded and revised edition, Newton's Telecom Dictionary remains the Biggest-Selling Telecom Dictionary/ Encyclopedia in the world!

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Product Details

  • Series: Newton's Telecom Dictionary
  • Paperback: 1273 pages
  • Publisher: Flatiron Publishing; 25th Edition edition (June 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979387337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979387333
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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REVIEW OF THE 26th EDITION:

The past few days I've been browsing the 26th edition. The dictionary has a nice look and feel, like the 25th edition. It has 26,283 definitions, up from 24,950 in the 25th edition. I like how it stays open on any page you open it to. Sounds simple, but it's a nice user-friendly feature.

There are LOTS of new wireless terms in the 26th edition, for example, at least 20 new terms related to Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi calling, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi peer-to-peer, Wi-Fi roaming, Wi-Fi tethering, Wi-Fi smog, carrier Wi-Fi, and a bunch of definitions for new flavors of 802.11).

New Bluetooth definitions have been added (for example, Bluetooth 2.1, Bluetooth 3.0, and Bluetooth LE).

There also now are definitions for White-Fi, white space network, and white space phone.

There also are many other new wireless-related definitions in the 26th edition that pertain to ham radio, military communications, cellular telephony, small cells, and maritime communications. I like how the dictionary has gone beyond its roots in wireline telephony and embraces wireless communications in a big way.

The 26th edition also has a lot of "green telecom" and cloud-related definitions that were not in earlier editions.

One of the other reviewers of the 25th edition here on Amazon.com will be pleased to learn that the 26th edition's definitions of DOCSIS, DOCSIS 1.1, DOCSIS 2.0, and DOCSIS 3.0 have been updated, and definitions for all versions of HTML up to and including HTML 5.0 have been updated or included if they were missing before.

On the down side, spelling errors abound, and some definitions are partially or wholly -- even wildly -- incorrect. The dictionary would benefit from professional editing. Still, in spite of its flaws, this dictionary is worth the investment.
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Wow, this book was the BEST at explaining EVERYTHING - that I could find online through any search engine, library, patent register or otherwise, minus a tsunami of hack idiocy.

My colleagues were super-stoked when I told them that their years of experience were WRONG and the dictionary was RIGHT. They all want copies too!

Seriously - if you buy this book more than once, you - and your company - need your head examined. Physically.
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Whether you are a hands-on technician, a certified engineer, a marketer, a vendor manager, a systems administrator, an IT manager, or just someone who has to manage phone bills, then Harry Newton's Telecom Dictionary is an indispensable reference for the office. With 26,283 terms defined in 1,311 pages of small print, there's a lot of information in there.

It offers clear definitions written in plain English with minimal use of jargon. When Newton does use jargon in a definition, it'll be clear from the context what he means, and the jargon will also most likely be defined elsewhere in the dictionary. To be fair, I wouldn't even call this jargon, rather I'd call it a specialized term properly used.

Some of the definitions are short, others are very long, and can in fact be called introductory essays on a variety of topics. You want to know what Interim Interswitch Signal Protocol is? It's in there. The precise spefications for T-1 lines? They're in there. Quick descriptions of all the registered jacks, from RJ-11, to RJ-41S, to RJ-45, etc. They're in there. An in depth essay explaining what is a Virtual Private Network (VPN)? In there.

Very useful, very compact. Recommended.

Vincent Poirier, Tokyo
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I got the book on time and the condition was great for the price. I also got a free pack of Smarties with my order and a thank you card. I love free gifts with orders placed online. I even took a picture of the candy and my book to show everyone. It was clever and cute! Thanks!
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If you want just one book to cover IT and telecom this is the one! This book is a great aid for me on my job with a telecommunications company.
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Newton's Telecom Dictionary has always been a great reference for a quick lookup on a questionable term. I always enjoyed little things he would put in from time-to-time to add humor to his clear to the point definitions that the Internet sometimes fails to provide. These definitions provided me with the clarity I needed to go back and continue to understand technical papers and not get lost in misunderstandings on my part.

My old reference is from the 16th Edition (2000). I know there are more terms and pages added since then but would still like to see the same size font used back then as my eyes are not as they use to be. (smiles) Keep up the good work Mr. Harry Newton. Thanks
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regardless if you work in the telecom industry or you just work with any form of technology, this is a great reference book to keep on your desk, in your bag, or in your car/truck. there are a few terms i have found missing from the book, but that is most defiantly rare, almost any telecom term you can think of will be in here.

well worth the money.
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Its a good reference... 50% of the time. Half the time I find what I'm looking for, but often key terms are missing. The 26th edition is less than 12 months old, but it is missing key topics such as 802.11ac, TR069, etc. Those are relevant topics that are trending in telecom right now. Lately, I find myself going to Wikipedia or Google before I pick up the Telecom Dictionary. I think an online version would make sense since it could be updated real time, but that is not available. I'm not sure if I'll buy it again when the 27th edition comes out.
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