Reinventing Technology, Rediscovering Community
Critical Explorations of Computing As a Social Practice
Paperback ISBN: 1567502598
Comprises 17 papers, most from a Directions and Implications of Advanced Computing (DIAC) conference sponsored by Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility. The unifying theme is how computing technology has affected important social relations. Topics addressed include questions to ask and techno-fallacies to avoid in the consideration of new information technologies, moral issues involved in protecting software as intellectual property, computers and schools (a skeptical view), building community, and community communication. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
The Quantum Leap
Hardcover ISBN: 0962818216
A comprehensive new business strategy, moves companies from schedulized manufacturing to flow manufacturing based upon the Demand Flow Technology (DFT). This revolutionary business strategy allows manufacturers to adjust product volume and mix every day in the direction of actual sales. The strategic business advantages of DFT forces engineering towards process design to improve their speed-to-market by bringing new products to the market ahead of the competition as well as meeting customer demand. DFT strategically will maximize manufacturing and financial assets. This strategy impacts all organizations in a company. In the mathematically-based Demand Flow Technology, work is defined using linear and Takt techniques to design mixed-model flow lines and processes. Companies no longer use MRP systems to schedule fabricated items and subassemblies, nor do they issue material based upon production work orders. The end result is an ongoing sequence of products in a flow process that replenishes from other internal processes and external suppliers based upon actual customer demand. This book defines the DFT business, design and manufacturing techniques and compares them to traditional functional manufacturing. As such, it is a blueprint on how to become more competitive in the global marketplace and grow into the 21st century.
The Lost Tomb of Viracocha
Unlocking the Secrets of the Peruvian Pyramids
Paperback ISBN: 1591430054
Bestselling author of The Tutankhamun Prophecies decodes the spiritual mysteries hidden within the recently discovered Mochian pyramids in Sipan â€¢ Reveals that ancient Inca sun-kings possessed the same solar science as Lord Pacal of Mexico and Tutankhamun of Egypt â€¢ Solves the mystery of the ancient Inca legend concerning a white god who traveled through ancient Peru, healing the sick and restoring sight to the blind Inca mythology tells of a tall, white leader who wandered along the coast performing miracles, a man they called Viracocha Pachamac, which means "God of the World." Centuries later another great miracle worker,Â similar to the first, appeared and wandered the countryside, healing the sick and restoring sight to the blind. He, too, was named Viracocha. These accounts have long baffled scholars, as have the carvings left by the people of Tiahuanaco who preserved these legends. Now Maurice Cotterell, who cracked the codes hidden in both ancient Maya carvings and the treasures of Tutankhamun, unlocks the secrets concealed within the treasure-filled tombs of Viracocha Pachamac and Viracocha. His investigation of these tombs, held within the long-lost pyramids of Peru, proves that these two figures were not myth but actually existed 1,500 years ago. The two Viracocha sun-kings had much in common with Lord Pacal of Mexico and Tutankhamun of Egypt and, like them, left the secrets of a super solar science encoded in their treasures. This science reveals the intimate connection between the cycles of life and birth on Earth and solar activity such as sunspots. More important, it holds the key to reincarnation and human spiritual realization, with answers to the spiritual mysteries of life and death.
Armored Scale Insect Pests of Trees and Shrubs Hemiptera
Hardcover ISBN: 0801442796
This book provides the most comprehensive available information on the identification, field appearance, life history, and economic importance of the 110 economically important armored scale insects that are found in the United States. The authors have devised the first field key to economic armored scales, which will be invaluable to those trying to identify the pests and prevent the introduction of new exotics. (Most of the species covered are not native to the United States but broadly distributed across the globe.) The extensive color plates and highly detailed line drawings surpass anything available in other volumes on armored scale insects and have not previously been published. Especially noteworthy are the data on distribution, host plants, and the kinds of damage caused by armored scales. The species descriptions include scientific names, synonyms, common names, field characteristics, microscopic characters, affinities, host plants, distribution by state, life history, economic damage, and selected references.
The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power
Paperback ISBN: 0671799320
Follows the historic role of oil from the first oil well in Pennsylvania to the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War and comments on how the natural resource shaped the entire world economy and international politics in the last century.
The Acceleration of Just About Everything
Paperback ISBN: 067977548x
Presents a study of the human fascination with time from a psychological, biological, and cultural perspective, tracing the development of measuring time and exploring ways in which we try to stretch our allotted time.