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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Signal Integrity Issues and Printed Circuit Board Design
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Douglas Brooks
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Probably the most readable book you'll find on this


As an educator, lecturer and practicing designer I am given many books to read and make comment on. I find very few books that are able to bridge the chasm between the needs of a beginner learning about signal integrity and the needs of a professional desperate to solve design problems. This book is an excellent primer and reference for understanding the interrelationship between the board layout and the signal integrity problem. This book details design solutions to classic signal integrity problems and educates the novice in understanding the reasoning behind the solutions. There is a lot of nonsense being written about signal integrity and few people have the resources to filter out the chaff from hay. This book proves every principle presented with tested board layouts, demonstrated engineering principles, or documented laboratory results. Some people can see the world in formulas and some see the world pictorially. This book is rich in both forms of expressionism and its presentation will not exasperate the PCB designer who sees the world visually, or frustrate the engineer seeking equations for design representation. This book has been added to the required reading list for our PCB layout designers and product development engineering teams.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Selling Used Books Online: The Complete Guide to Bookselling at Amazon's Marketplace and Other Online Sites
Publisher: Harvard Perspective Pr
Authors: Stephen Windwalker
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
shatters bookseller illusions


You got it all figured out - you'll ditch the day job and you'll sell your old Danielle Steele and Tom Clancy books on Amazon. You get up (after a little sleep-in) and after your second cup of Irish Breakfast tea, check your listings to see ten items have sold - a slow day! Your little darlings will be playing quietly, your cats will be snoozing on the sofa and the bunny will be making "binkies" around your work area. Life is good. And sales will pick up after 10:30am, they always do. You'll quickly pack your books, effortlessly mail them at the post office and search your favorite used book store before eating some lunch. Not too bad a haul today - a signed first edition by Hemingway, that rare, out of print William Fonner's groundbreaking child rearing book, "My House, My Rules", a signed and illustrated first edition by Hirshfield - all in like new condition - and a cookbook going for $60. Not too shabby a day.
Before you tell your boss to go do something physically impossible, read this book. It will save you from many "newbie" mistakes and you will see online bookselling for what it really is - _possibly_ a money maker but a job that you have to want to do and do well to profit. You'll understand your day could be more similiar to this: you check your listings, no new sales. You wait in line at the post office behind the person that is packing their mail at the counter and paying with a beginner's old of state check. And your trip to the thrift shop yields 10 books, all of them selling for a penny.
Mr Windwalker covers a lot of basics in this book - some say the book is too basic but I don't think so. You have to know the nitty-gritty of what you're getting into before you decide to take a huge plunge. He doesn't recommend specific books, but recommends books that have worked for him. He recommends possible book buying sites. Some of the stuff seems common sense, but I never thought of things quite that way.
So if you are planning to become an ongoing online bookseller - meaning you will probably be selling more books than your own weeding out from your personal library - I recommend this book highly. It's an inexpensive business course that can save you from making some big mistakes - so give it a try!Good luck!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Selling Used Books Online: The Complete Guide to Bookselling at Amazon's Marketplace and Other Online Sites
Publisher: Harvard Perspective Pr
Authors: Stephen Windwalker
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
hurting real booksellers


Books like this are a real travesty because they undercut real booksellers who own stores and are trying to make a living out of it. Those who sell online as a "hobby" are the worst because they do not have to worry about any profit margins, as long as they can re-sell a book for more than they paid for it it is a win for them. Anyone who had been selling books for a living would have spent enough time around them to have done the research and know all the things that are contained within this book. So, all I see this book doing is creating an avenue for people who won't take the time to understand books and book dealing to be able to sell books and steal business from hard working book dealing individuals. Don't read this book...and remember book selling is a PROFESSION not a hobby and shouldn't be taken lightly or trifled with. This is someone's life and deserves to be treated with respect.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in Java (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The True Java Bible


This book offers tiny examples and prose for just about all the aspects of Java. They are very concise and to the point, giving you time to analyze them closer; and maybe use the javadocs to get the feel of how everything fits into place. I'll probably reference this book often in the future. I don't think that this would be an "easy read " for those who are new to programming, so it's probably wise to get a little programming experience first.