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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: eBay for Dummies, Fourth Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Marsha Collier
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very Helpful But Could Have Been More Visual


I will admit that anytime I have to learn anything new with computers, I just cringe, since my talents are not in that direction. But setting up auctions for the sale of items on ebay mandated that I plunge into yet another round of reference books allied to computer use. The "Dummies" books seemed well titled for me and this was the first of them I've tried. I did glean a lot of information from reading this book. I ended up improving my listings on ebay so that they look better, for one. I'm still not as far along as I'd like though because I do even better with computer and allied computer books which are very heavily illustrated. So I still want to buy an ebay book which has profuse illustrations on every page, many in color, to further my ability with the ebay auctions. For example, showing a sample of a gallery page, alongside a page that is items with gallery previews, would have told me instantly what ebay was trying to accomplish with that distinction. Without seeing that illustrated, however, I just had to stumble around ebay and figure it out for myself. Reading about something that visual in this book didn't bring the concept home to me. Now I want to learn FrontPage 2000 for computers. This time, however, I ordered one of those visual books instead to see if I can learn how-to-do FP 2000 in one go.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
You're going to have to buy this book sometime


The book commonly referred to as just "Design Patterns" begins with an introduction to Object Oriented Programming and continues with a catalog of design patterns. I wouldn't recommend this book as your first OOP book, but I believe that once you have a basic understanding of OOP, you can try to cope with some of the basic Design Patterns in this book. If you are an advanced OO programmer, it's helpful to just quickly review any pattern you're about to implement and examine possible implementation issues



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Discrete-Time Signal Processing (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Alan V. Oppenheim, Ronald W. Schafer, John R. Buck
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
On the difference between 2nd Edition and 1st Edition


I used the author's book "Digital Signal Processing" in my college study, and I also read and cite the 1st Edition of "Discrete-Time Signal Processing" during my work experience. That's a very good reference. But I don't have the 2nd Edititon.
However, after going through the Table Of Contents of the 2nd Edition of "Discrete-Time Signal Processing", I think Oppenheim&Schafer did a resaonable tradeoff to reflect state of the art in DSP domain.
They add: Discrete Cosine Transform (DCT) which is mostly used in image compression, Multirate Signal Processing which is used widely in modern DSP, and Oversampling and Noise Shaping Sampling for A/D and D/A conversion.
In consequence, they remove: Lattice Structure, IIR Filters Design, Cepstrum Analysis (often used in speech signal processing) and Homomorphic Signal Processing, which are a bit sophisticated. And I guess the reason to remove IIR Filter Dsign is there exists many computer-aided tools on digital filter design, and made this very easy.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Rick Sammon's Complete Guide to Digital Photography: 107 Lessons on Taking, Making, Editing, Storing, Printing, and Sharing Better Digital Images
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Authors: Rick Sammon
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
No help for beginner in digital camera use


Good photos, helpful pointers about taking pictures, too much info on use of Photoshop for beginners, assumption that the reader is using a prosumer camera, and almost nothing about how to use "your new digital camera"...setting white balance, using all the controls built into these cameras, how to shift your "mind-set" from taking photos with a film camera to a digital camera...worthless book for a new digital camera user...and I've been taking B/W-Color photos for 40+ years and have my own darkroom.