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The Steve Jobs Way: Ileadership for a New Generation
The Steve Jobs Way
Ileadership for a New Generation
Paperback      ISBN: 159315710x

Former Senior Vice President of Apple Computer and close colleague of Steve Jobs throughout his tenure, Jay Elliot takes readers on a tour through Jobs's astonishing career. From the inception of game-changing products like the Apple II and the Macintosh, to his stunning fall from grace, and his rebirth at the helm of Apple as he developed the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, The Steve Jobs Way presents Jobs's leadership challenges and triumphs, showing readers how to apply these principles to their lives and careers.

Written with William L. Simon, coauthor of the Jobs biography iCon, The Steve Jobs Way is the "how to be like Steve" book that readers have been waiting for.
Throwing Sheep in the Boardroom: How Online Social Networking Will Transform Your Life, Work and World
Throwing Sheep in the Boardroom
How Online Social Networking Will Transform Your Life, Work and World
Hardcover      ISBN: 0470740140

"If you want to understand why Wikipedia is changing the world, this book is a must read."
-Jimmy Wales, Founder, Wikipedia

"This book is a must read for all - social activists, politicians or managers - who have an interest in understanding how our society is morphing."
-Professor C.K. Prahalad, #1 Management Guru and author of Competing for the Future

Synopsis
The rise of social networks like Facebook, MySpace and Bebo is changing the way we see ourselves, how we interact with each other, how we work and how we do business on a daily basis. Throwing Sheep in the Boardroom explores the powerful forces driving the social networking revolution, the impact of these profound changes, and the far reaching consequences of social networking.

Detailing the way social networks affects both individuals and societies as a whole, the book offers a detailed focus on the ways social networking affects the world of business and work. The generation entering the workforce today - and entering boardrooms everywhere - is fully engaged with social networking and its uses. Rather than feeling threatened and paranoid, today's business leaders need to understand this phenomenon, accept that it won't go away, and embrace its power in the world of business.

Excerpts from Throwing Sheep in the Boardroom
"Your next CEO's most impressive job credential might be status as an online gladiator, honing valuable leadership skills mercilessly slaying mortal enemies on World of Warcraft. Why not, the skills necessary to hack your way to the top levels of virtual games - especially a killer instinct - are excellent pre-requisites for managing complex organisations."

"Many senior managers mistakenly believe Enterprise 2.0 is a product, like the latest Microsoft office suite. They don't realise that Enterprise 2.0 is not a cost centre, but a "state of mind" - a revolutionary new way of managing companies and conducting business.

Web 2.0 tools have no regard for "organisational boundaries, hierarchies, or job titles". Try telling a senior executive that, henceforth, there will be no job titles, reporting lines, and organisational boundaries in the company - and watch the reaction closely."

"When someone calls a meeting, he or she is asserting authority over those who are invited to attend. Meetings are exclusive and closed. In most corporations, who gets invited to a meeting - and who does not - sends a signal about who's 'in the loop'. Meetings are a form of social grooming inside organisations. Meetings impose vertical authority. They establish status hierarchies. The Enterprise 2.0 model is feared in corporations because it threatens status hierarchies."

"Harnessing the dynamism of horizontal networks, Web 2.0 social media are bypassing institutional forms of social organisation and directly empowering people. This book has attempted to tell that story with illustrations, which, we hope, have offered intriguing and instructive insights into the powerful transformations we described. What has interested us most, indeed, is the transformative impact - or "e-ruptions" - of Web 2.0 social media on the three dynamics that gave this book its structure: identity, status and power."



PostGIS in Action
PostGIS in Action
Paperback      ISBN: 1935182269

Whether you're canvassing a congressional district, managing a sales region, mapping city bus schedules, or analyzing local cancer rates, thinking spatially opens up limitless possibilities for database users. PostGIS, a freely available open-source spatial database extender, can help you answer questions that you could not answer using a mere relational database. Its feature set equals or surpasses proprietary alternatives, allowing you to create location-aware queries and features with just a few lines of SQL code.

PostGIS in Action is the first book devoted entirely to PostGIS. It will help both new and experienced users write spatial queries to solve real-world problems. For those with experience in more traditional relational databases, this book provides a background in vector-based GIS so you can quickly move to analyzing, viewing, and mapping data. Advanced users will learn how to optimize queries for maximum speed, simplify geometries for greater efficiency, and create custom functions suited specifically to their applications. It also discusses the new features available in PostgreSQL 8.4 and provides tutorials on using additional open source GIS tools in conjunction with PostGIS.

Purchase of the print book comes with an offer of a free PDF, ePub, and Kindle eBook from Manning. Also available is all code from the book.
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
The Information
A History, a Theory, a Flood
Paperback      ISBN: 1400096235

From the bestselling author of the acclaimed Chaos and Genius comes a thoughtful and provocative exploration of the big ideas of the modern era: Information, communication, and information theory.

Acclaimed science writer James Gleick presents an eye-opening vision of how our relationship to information has transformed the very nature of human consciousness. A fascinating intellectual journey through the history of communication and information, from the language of Africa's talking drums to the invention of written alphabets; from the electronic transmission of code to the origins of information theory, into the new information age and the current deluge of news, tweets, images, and blogs. Along the way, Gleick profiles key innovators, including Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace, Samuel Morse, and Claude Shannon, and reveals how our understanding of information is transforming not only how we look at the world, but how we live.

A New York Times Notable Book
A Los Angeles Times and Cleveland Plain Dealer Best Book of the Year
Winner of the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award
Windows Phone 7 Companion
Windows Phone 7 Companion
Paperback      ISBN: 0470938560

Get the most out of your Windows Phone 7 device with this handy Companion by your side Windows Phone 7 Companion goes where you go-and goes beyond the basics to show you how to take advantage of Office features; work with pictures, video, and music; and tap into Xbox LIVE so you can play real-time games with friends and family. Full-color screenshots work together with a clear and concise writing style to present you with invaluable advice on how to download the most anticipated apps and get your phone to exceed your expectations. You'll find little-known tips, easy-to-navigate shortcuts, and useful tools that will save you time and effort so you can enjoy your Windows Phone to the max. If you're eager to make the most of your Windows Phone, then this book is the ideal companion.

Coverage includes:

  • How Do I Set Up and Customize My Windows Phone 7 Device?
  • How Do I Get Around My New Windows Phone?
  • How Can I Make Calls and Send Text Messages?
  • How Do I Connect with My Family and Friends?
  • How Can I Set Up and Sync Services to My New Windows Phone?
  • How Do I Connect My Windows Phone to My Computer?
  • How Can I Enjoy Music and Videos on My Windows Phone?
  • How Can I View, Share, and Capture Pictures on My Windows Phone?
  • How Can I Read and Use Email on My Windows Phone?
  • How Do I Get More Organized Using My Windows Phone?
  • How Do I Use GPS Navigation and Mapping on My Windows Phone?
  • How Do I Surf the Internet from My Windows Phone?
  • How Can I Play Games and Connect with Others Using Xbox LIVE on My Windows Phone?
  • How Do I Use Word Mobile 2010 on My Windows Phone?
  • How Do I Use Excel Mobile 2010 on My Windows Phone?
  • How Do I Use OneNote Mobile 2010 on My Windows Phone?
  • How Do I Use PowerPoint Mobile 2010 on My Windows Phone?
  • How Do I Use SharePoint Mobile 2010 on My Windows Phone?
  • What Other Apps are Loaded and How Do I Get More from the Marketplace?
  • How Do I Manage Settings on My Windows Phone?
  • How Do I Deal with Problems on My Windows Phone?

Rolfing in Motion: A Guide to Balancing Your Body
Rolfing in Motion
A Guide to Balancing Your Body
Compact Disc      ISBN: 1594770743

Much of what we experience as physical tension or stress is the result of an imbalanced body. In this CD, Mary Bond presents a selection of 26 structural awareness exercises from her book, Balancing Your Body, that teach the listener to recognize and respond in appropriate ways to the body's inner messages. Beginning with an exploration of your habitual standing and walking patterns, these exercises guide the listener through a variety of experiences that contribute to standing, sitting, and walking with fluidity, balance, and ease. This unique self-help program will help to create new freedom in your physical expression and improve your well-being and vitality.

Constant Touch: A Global History Of The Mobile Phone
Constant Touch
A Global History Of The Mobile Phone
Paperback      ISBN: 1840465417

The mobile phone is one of the wonders of the modern world. This vibrant, popular history tells the story of the mobile, what happened and why.

SnApp Shots: How to Take Great Pictures with Smartphones and Apps
SnApp Shots
How to Take Great Pictures with Smartphones and Apps
Paperback      ISBN: 1452107122
SnApp Shots is the definitive guide to the amazing photographic results now achievable on iPhones, Android phones, Windows phones, and Blackberries. In accessible, jargon-free text, photographer Adam Bronkhorst sorts through the multitude of photography apps, clarifying the myriad stunning effects possible. Packed full of hip and gorgeous images for inspiration, this essential resource helps readers pull out their phones and start realizing impressive results right away. This is how-to photography for the twenty-first century
And Then There's This: How Stories Live and Die in Viral Culture
And Then There's This
How Stories Live and Die in Viral Culture
Hardcover      ISBN: 0670020842

Breaking news, fresh gossip, tiny scandals, trumped-up crises-every day we are distracted by a culture that rings our doorbell and runs away. Stories spread wildly and die out in mere days, to be replaced by still more stories with ever shorter life spans. Through the Internet the news cycle has been set spinning even faster now that all of us can join the fray: anyone on a computer can spread a story almost as easily as "The New York Times," CNN, or "People." As media amateurs grow their audience, they learn to think like the pros, using the abundant data that the Internet offers-hit counters, most e-mailed lists, YouTube views, download tallies-to hone their own experiments in viral blowup.
"And Then There's This" is Bill Wasik's journey along the unexplored frontier of the twenty-first century's rambunctious new-media culture. He covers this world in part as a journalist, following "buzz bands" as they rise and fall in the online music scene, visiting with viral marketers and political trendsetters and online provocateurs. But he also wades in as a participant, conducting his own hilarious experiments: an e-mail fad (which turned into the worldwide "flash mob" sensation), a viral website in a month-long competition, a fake blog that attempts to create "antibuzz," and more. He doesn't always get the results he expected, but he tries to make sense of his data by surveying what real social science experiments have taught us about the effects of distraction, stimulation, and crowd behavior on the human mind. Part report, part memoir, part manifesto, part deconstruction of a decade, "And Then There's This" captures better than any other book the way technology is changing our culture.


Logic Pro 9 and Logic Express 9
Logic Pro 9 and Logic Express 9
Paperback      ISBN: 0321636805

Completely revised and updated for Logic Pro 9 and Logic Express 9, this Apple-certified guide shows you how to record, produce, and polish music files with Apple's professional audio software. Veteran music producer David Nahmani's step-by-step, instructions teach you everything from basic music creation to advanced production techniques using Logic's software synthesizers, samplers, and digital signal processors. Using the book's DVD files and either Logic Pro 9 or Logic Express 9, you'll begin making music in the first lesson. Whether you're looking to use your computer as a digital recording studio, create musical compositions, or transfer that song in your head into music you can share, this comprehensive book/DVD combo will show you how.

  • DVD-ROM includes lesson and media files
  • Focused lessons take you step-by-step through professional, real-world projects
  • Accessible writing style puts an expert instructor at your side
  • Ample illustrations and keyboard shortcuts help you master techniques fast
  • Lesson goals and time estimates help you plan your time
  • Chapter review questions summarize what you've learned and prepare you for the Apple Certifi ed Pro Exam