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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective C++: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Design (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Scott Meyers
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Increases understanding exponentially


Reading this book is about the best favor that you could do for yourself. Every page of this book is filled with sound advise on how to improve everything from your style of programming to the methods in which you use to get the job done effectively. This book is worth every cent I paid and has changed the way I code in C++. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is serious about writting efficient and effective C++.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: When Things Start to Think
Publisher: Owl Books
Authors: Gershenfeld Neil
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Imaginative, iconoclastic, fun to read and often provocative


Neil provided me a draft copy of this book, which I read on the plane after a regular visit to the Media Lab, as a sponsor of the "Things That Think" program. It is pure Gershenfeld, always looking at everyday things from the persective of a futurist. Few experienced in the contemporary and strongly overlapping fields of microelectronics and AI need much convincing that we are only at the beginning of what will be a long and ever-unfolding history of commonplace things that think, in a way that may often be far more limited than human thinking but precisely because of this focus is valuable. Thus, the everyday calculator "knows" a lot more about mathematical algorithms than most of us (who can recall how to evaluate a simple square root?) but it's not very good at poetry.
Gershenfeld reminds us that computers have only just begun to intrude into a domain once the sole province of humans (more generally, the animal kingdom), namely the realm of perception, thought and cognition. Already, they are vastly better at remembering massive amounts of information than we, but have a long way to go before exhibting something like human intelligence. To some extent, this is by design: we have not yet had the courage to endow machines with free will, but that day must come.
This brief apology for a review is to propose a slightly different perspective than that of the other reviewers, who stress the digital nature of these thinking things. Many people, including myself, feel that the road to "true thinking" and more particularly, to machine consciousness, will be by a stronger utilization of techniques that are popularly regarded as obsolete, namely, those based strongly on analog signal processing. True neural networks are of this sort, and there are sound philosophical reasons for claiming that the "von Neumann" architecture of a digital computer can never be conscious. Knowing about the Media Lab work first hand, I can say that Dr. Gershenfeld is well aware that analog techniques are going to be a central theme of the Thinking Things that we will soon be taking for granted. This is not only true in the domain of cognition but most especially in perception, which is about the experiencing of one's environment. This is almost entirely an exercise in analog processing of signals, which is far from a dying art.
Submitted by Dr. Barrie Gilbert, Analog Devices Inc., Corporate sponsor of the THINGS THAT THINK pgogram



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: AutoCAD 2000: No Experience Required
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: David Frey
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Need a disk for practicing


I am a new user and is the first time to explore autocad .I bought autocad 2000 of David Frey, but without the disk I can not use it. I need help, I am appreciated for those who would help me how to get a disk to apply this book.Again, thank you very much



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Absolute Best


It is the book for you, if yor are tired of reading 10 useless pages to extract 3 lines of information. This books is written the way, I wish every technical book were written; 100% of the content is information, instead of 10%-20% of most computer books! I'd give 7 starts to the book, but I'm confined to 5. I'm trying to follow the style of Castro and convey my fellings about this great book in only a few lines.