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Practical Electrical Wiring: Residential, Farm, Commercial, and Industrial : Based on the 2002 National Electrical Code
Practical Electrical Wiring
Residential, Farm, Commercial, and Industrial : Based on the 2002 National Electrical Code
Paperback      ISBN: 0960329498

Intended for practitioners, electricians, contractors, and plant engineers - as well as for homeowners and apprentices, this reference provides the relevant National Electrical Code regulations for different types of jobs. It addresses wiring practices and industry technology, including electronic advances in circuit control and operation.

The Look of the Century
The Look of the Century
Hardcover      ISBN: 078940950x

This unique book illustrates the history and chronology of all the definitive designs of our era. Full-color photographs and in-depth introductions reveal the important movements -- and the key people -- behind one hundred years of design innovation. An inspiring, innovative, and "in" guide to makeup for the modern woman. With full makeover lessons and skin care programs this is the ideal body beautiful book, culled from Mary Quant's stellar career as fashion innovator and guru.

Seeing What's Next: Using the Theories of Innovation to Predict Industry Change
Seeing What's Next
Using the Theories of Innovation to Predict Industry Change
Hardcover      ISBN: 1591391857

Can disruption be useful? Christensen (business administration, Harvard Business School) and his collaborators believe so. They predict industry change using theories of innovation, locating new organizations that use simple, convenient, low-cost innovations to overpower incumbents. Noting that data only describes the past, they assert that working from theories can be useful in predicting such disruptions at an industry, national, or international level. Their examples and case studies include Western Electric, which lost its monopoly over telephone equipment in a lawsuit with a tiny upstart competitor. They also examine the intrusion of discount airlines into a deregulated market, the reasons why new entrants and not established firms created the semiconductor industry, and why for-profit higher education providers are disruptive innovators. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

The Ice Palace That Melted Away: Restoring Civility and Other Lost Virtues to Everyday Life
The Ice Palace That Melted Away
Restoring Civility and Other Lost Virtues to Everyday Life
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0375402217

A designer offers a critical, anecdotal look at the corrosive impact of technology on civility and public spiritedness

Things That Make Us Smart: Defending Human Attributes in the Age of the Machine
Things That Make Us Smart
Defending Human Attributes in the Age of the Machine
Paperback      ISBN: 0201626950

In Things That Make Us Smart, Donald A. Norman explores the complex interaction between human thought and the technology it creates, arguing for the development of machines that fit our minds, rather than minds that must conform to the machine.Humans have always worked with objects to extend our cognitive powers, from counting on our fingers to designing massive supercomputers. But advanced technology does more than merely assist with thought and memory--the machines we create begin to shape how we think and, at times, even what we value. Norman, in exploring this complex relationship between humans and machines, gives us the first steps towards demanding a person-centered redesign of the machines that surround our lives.

Microcosm: The Quantum Revolution in Economics and Technology
Microcosm
The Quantum Revolution in Economics and Technology
Hardcover      ISBN: 0671509691
Router Handbook
Router Handbook
Paperback      ISBN: 0806977760

Shows how to use electric routers, provides information on safety, maintenance, patterns, jigs, and accessories, and suggests special projects

Silk and Steel: Women at Arms
Silk and Steel
Women at Arms
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0375507612

"Silk and Steel: Women at Arms" is the first comprehensive presentation on the subject of women and firearms. No object has had a greater impact on world history over the past 650 years than the firearm, and a surprising number of women have been keen on the subject: as shooters, hunters, collectors, engravers, and even gunmakers.
From Queen Elizabeth I through her descendant Queen Elizabeth II, the numbers of aristocratic female arms enthusiasts, particularly shooters, have been impressive. Among those regal personages: Russia's Empresses Elizabeth and Catherine the Great, France's Marie Antoinette, and Great Britain's Duchess of Devonshire. In the New World, Thomas Jefferson's matched pair of Queen Anne-style flintlock pistols were made by London gunmaker Mary Dealtry. Pioneer American women took bold steps to defend home and hearth, and their courage earned them the right to vote in Western states, where hardiness and self-reliance were taken for granted. As Jefferson himself admonished: " The gun gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind." Many women were comfortable with firearms in early America, and among the world's most famous women in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was Annie Oakley--"Little Sure Shot."
Turning back the clock to the time of Joan of Arc, R. L. Wilson shows how women have played a vital role in armed conflicts. For many centuries, women went to war--sometimes in the guise of men--without their comrades knowing that they were present. Increasingly, in our own era, there are female fighter pilots and cadets at West Point and at all the U.S. service academies. The 2001-2002 war in Afghanistan saw Northern Alliance womentrained to fire AK-47s, some even shooting their Taliban tormentors.
Expanding on a long tradition, in the post-World War II period, millions of women and girls gravitated to sport shooting, including trap, skeet, and sporting clays, rifle and pistol target competitions, and the harvesting of game birds and even the dangerous big game of Africa. As evidenced in the writings of Ernest Hemingway, Robert Ruark, and Isak Dinesen, big game hunting in Africa was a favorite pursuit of many society women from Europe and the United States.
Following the publication of this book, the Rosenbruch Wildlife Heritage Museum will mount a traveling exhibition exploring the theme of women and firearms. Firearms, clothing, and accessories will be accompanied by paintings, photographs, drawings, and prints, as well as numerous other artifacts, to depict and document a captivating subject never before examined in such depth.
"Silk and Steel" joins the author's series on the history of firearms, which commenced in 1979 with "The Colt Heritage" and continued through such later titles as" Colt: An American Legend, Winchester: An American Legend, The Peacemakers, Steel Canvas, Ruger & His Guns, Buffalo Bill's Wild West" (with Greg Martin), and "The World of Beretta."
"Silk and Steel" includes more than three hundred color plates, with spectacular new collages by Peter Beard. The bibliography lists myriad works of reference, some centuries old, and is accompanied by a detailed index.

Cyberspace Divide: Equality, Agency and Policy in the Information Society
Cyberspace Divide
Equality, Agency and Policy in the Information Society
Paperback      ISBN: 0415169690

The dramatic advances in computer and telecommunications technologies such as the Internet, virtual reality, smart cards or multimedia applications are increasingly regarded as ushering in a new form of society: the information society. Politicians, policy makers and business gurus are all encouraging us to join the information superhighway at the nearest junction or risk being excluded from the social and economic benefits of the information revolution. Cyberspace Divide critically considers the complex relationship between technological change, its effect upon social divisions, its consequences for social action and the emerging strategies for social inclusion in the Information Age. Cyberspace Divide will be invaluable reading for those studying social policy, sociology, computing and communication studies.

Six Sigma: The Breakthrough Management Strategy Revolutionizing the World's Top Corporations
Six Sigma
The Breakthrough Management Strategy Revolutionizing the World's Top Corporations
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0385494378

The extraordinary breakthrough management program--heralded by GE, Motorola, and AlliedSignal--that is sweeping corporate America with its unprecedented ability to achieve superior financial results.
Six Sigma is the most powerful breakthrough management tool ever devised, promising increased market share, cost reductions, and dramatic improvements in bottom-line profitability for companies of any size. The darling of Wall Street, it has become the mantra of Fortune 500 boardrooms around the world because it works.
What is Six Sigma? It is first and foremost a business process that enables companies to increase profits dramatically by streamlining operations, improving quality, and eliminating defects or mistakes in everything a company does, from filling out purchase orders to manufacturing airplane engines. While traditional quality programs have focused on detecting and correcting defects, Six Sigma encompasses something broader: "It provides specific methods to re-create the process itself so that defects are never produced in the first place."
Most companies operate at a three- to four-sigma level, where the cost of defects is roughly 20 to 30 percent of revenues. By approaching Six Sigma--fewer than one defect per 3.4 million opportunities--the cost of quality drops to less than 1 percent of sales.
This is because the highest quality also results in the lowest costs. When GE reduced its costs from 20 percent to less than 10 percent, it saved a billion dollars in just two years--money that goes directly to the bottom line. This is the reason Wall Street and corporations as diverse as Sony, Ford, Nokia, Texas Instruments, Canon, Hitachi, Lockheed Martin, AmericanExpress, Toshiba, DuPont, and Polaroid have embarked on corporate-wide Six Sigma programs.
Six Sigma should be of paramount importance to every forward-thinking executive and manager determined to make their company world-class in their industry.