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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Tradings Systems That Work: Building and Evaluating Effective Trading Systems
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Authors: Thomas Stridsman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great book with a mediocre title

This is a wonderful book. But the title is IMO going to attract people that are looking for black box systems that will make them a mint. That isn't what this book is about. It should have been called something like, _Building and Evaluating Good Trading Systems_, or some such.
I agree completely with the other reviewers and won't restate what they said. But as an owner of TradeStation I can tell you that there is a real need to have someone spell out--in CODE (both for TradeStation and for Excel)--how to *really* evaluate a trading system. Stridsman tells you point blank which of TS's performance eval stats you should look at, and which ones are worthless.
Highly recommended.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: C# and the .NET Platform, Second Edition
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Andrew Troelsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Andrew really knows C# Great book!

Andrew Troelsen is really a great technical author... As he explains each topic in depth, he makes it easy to understand.
This book covers all necessary topics to get you a great start coding managed code in c#
Well thought out book...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows XP Registry Guide
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jerry Honeycutt, Jerry Honeycutt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Registry and More

Anyone who administers XP should get this book. All one has to do is try to manage multiple computers and it quickly becomes obvious that the GUI is not the easiest way to go. This title does an excellent job of mapping standard system policies and Tweak UI settings to specific registry settings giving you the ability to manipulate outside of the standard interfaces.
Beyond the policy mappings, the book also covers topics associated with the registry, such as creating your own group policy templates, managing deployments of user profiles, managing the way systems such as Office XP and the Windows Installer work, and providing recommendations as to ways to manage these settings via scripting. That said, keep in mind that the purpose of the book is to provide information on the registry and configuration settings, not to be an introduction to management utilities such as Resource Kit components or the WSH.
The appendices are an extremely valuable resource, providing at-a-glance table reference of user and computer settings, group policy mappings and file associations. Very handy.
The book is not meant for casual users of XP, or those that do not administer XP desktops, but for Administrators and developers, this is a recommended title.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Rise of the Network Society
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers
Authors: Manuel Castells
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Is information technology the culprit?

This is the first volume of Manuel Castells¡¯ ¡®Informational Age¡¯. The trilogy of ¡®Informational Age¡¯ is the de facto classic in the sociology of information. This volume focuses mainly on the economic feature of the network society: informationalization and globalization; the transformation of the enterprise; the flexibility in labor market; interactive media; transformation of space (or, in Giddens¡¯ term, time-space distanciation). You might ask ¡®what¡¯s the relevance to sociology?¡¯ Naturally, it¡¯s related to question, ¡®what¡¯s the substance of sociology of information?¡¯ Our day to day life can¡¯t clearly be distinguished from the economic affairs. Almost all the resources, whether they are material or human, appear as commodity or service which are tradable. Even the culture is organized on the market. Our identity and daily time table are deeply molded by our spot in the labor market. And that, the overall dynamics of social change comes from the economy. The epochal trends, such as globalization, informationalization, have been driven mainly by the economic needs. So the network society can¡¯t be grasped without the economics. But you should not conclude that the economics is the whole story. The market alone can¡¯t sustained even itself, not to say the whole society. The economy is embedded in the society. The economy and the society are intertwined with each other, but not determined by one another. So their relation could be called as the ¡®interaction¡¯. But when it comes to IT, the things are more complicated. IT can¡¯t act by in itself. IT is the resource to be mobilized by bodily actor. IT represents the epochal change in the environment. IT is not the variable in itself. Therefore we could say that the sociology of information is about the interaction between IT, economy and society. The argument of the field is like this: our activities are increasingly organized around networks. Networks have existed throughout the human history. But IT offers unprecedently elevated material basis. It allows the network pervasively to expand throughout the entire society and the globe. Over decades, we have observed sea change related to IT in economy, politics, and society. Those shifts are the object of the sociology of information. Castells¡¯ trilogy is about that sea change. As I said above, the first volume focuses on economic features. But Castells¡¯ work has some peculiar cast. Castells¡¯ characterizing informational society as network society makes the globalization be coalesced with informationalization. For this reason, some commentators classify Castells as a theorist of globalization. In fact, this and the second volume of the trilogy could be read as great illustration of globalization. It seems that Castells assumes that informationalization could be distinguished from globalization only on the analytical rationale. So he characterizes informational age as the network society. The term could be applied to both trends. Before closing the review, I should warn you that if you expect the firm theoretical founding, you should read first Castells¡¯ ¡®Information City¡¯, as I mentioned in the review of the author¡¯s another book, ¡®The Internet Galaxy¡¯. For example, Castells coined the term of ¡®the mode of development¡¯ to periodize the informational age. It¡¯s not a new mode of production like the capitalism, but a new mode of development which is different from industrialism or Fordism. But anywhere is the trilogy, you can¡¯t find such a theorizing. Without that kind of founding, the trilogy can¡¯t avoid being read as interesting but bulky sketching out the current affairs.