This month’s computing picks include Dogfight, Fred Vogelstein’s profiling of the very public business war between Apple and Microsoft. With the recent end of XP it seems appropriate that we increase our Windows 8.1 collection and two books on Windows 8.1 feature in this month’s computer books picks.
Dogfight : How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution
“The smartphone and tablet computer have revolutionized personal computing to such an extent that they have caused waves of disruptions across numerous industries, decimating sales of laptops and giving consumers more choices than ever to have TV, movies, and the Internet on their own terms. The PC platform wars of the 1990s between Apple and Microsoft Windows may mirror the current fight for dominance over the smartphone market between Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android, but today the stakes are higher and the battle more personal, to the extent where the fight has become one of the nastiest, longest, and most public business battles in a generation.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Sams teach yourself beginning programming in 24 hours.
“Sams Teach Yourself Beginning Programming in 24 Hours starts from the absolute beginning, explains everything you need to know before you start programming, and then presents simple programming techniques you can use wherever your interests or career take you.
Windows 8.1 for seniors in easy steps / Michael Price.
“Windows 8.1 for Seniors in easy steps introduces the features of the most current Windows operating system, presented with the over-50’s in mind. It uses larger type for easy reading and discusses the topics in a clear and concise manner. It concentrates on the activities you’ll want to carry out, whether you’re completely new to computers, or you’re upgrading from a previous version of Windows.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Uncharted : big data as a lens on human culture / Erez Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel.
“In late 2010, Google released an intriguing new tool, the Ngram Viewer, allowing users to search the site’s archive of five-million digitized books (now there are more than 30 million) for common words and phrases and graph their usage frequency along a timeline. While at first glance the application appears a tad gimmicky, its usefulness in tracking cultural trends across decades and centuries is mind-boggling. In this user-friendly demonstration of Ngram’s versatility, Rice University computer science professor Aiden and Quantified Labs founder Michel showcase the results of their explorations using the statistical search engine.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Dreamweaver CCl / David Sawyer McFarland with Chris Grover.
“Dreamweaver CC comes packed with features and a new, online-only home, but it still doesn’t include a printed guide to working in the cloud or tapping the program’s amazing features. That’s where this Missing Manual comes in. With its jargon-free explanations and hands-on tutorials, you’ll learn how to create every kind of website, from single-purpose static sites to interactive, multimedia-driven web dynamos.” (Syndetics summary)
Looking after your PC made easy / Roger Laing.
“The computer still sits at the centre of many people’s lives. Fitting it in and around the multitude of other devices (smartphones, tablets, bluetooth connections, music and TV servers) makes it all the more important to know how to manage your computer. This straightforward new book helps answer those awkward questions — “why is my computer so slow?”, “How do I set up wi-fi in my home?” — and covers other essential tasks such as backing up, checking for viruses and dealing with child-protection measures.” (Syndetics summary)
Data visualization for dummies / by Mico Yuk, Stephanie Diamond.
“A straightforward, full-color guide to showcasing data so your audience can see what you mean, not just read about it. Data visualization software enables different industries to present information in ways that are memorable and relevant to their mission. This full-color guide introduces you to a variety of ways to handle and synthesize data in much more interesting ways than mere columns and rows of numbers… Effective data analysis involves learning how to synthesize data, especially big data, into a story and present that story in a way that resonates with the audience.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Mastering Windows Server 2012 R2 / Mark Minasi… [et al.].
“Your One-Stop Resource on Windows Server 2012 R2. Check out the new Hyper-V, find new and easier ways to remotely connect back into the office, or learn all about Storage Spaces – these are just a few of the features in Windows Server 2012 R2 that are explained in this updated edition form Windows authority Mark Minasi and a team of Windows server experts. This book gets you up to speed on all of the new features and functions of Windows Server and includes real-world scenarios to put them in perspective.” (Book jacket)
Learning Python with Raspberry Pi / Alex Bradbury & Ben Everard.
“The must-have companion guide to the Raspberry Pi User Guide.
Raspberry Pi chose Python as its teaching language of choice to encourage a new generation of programmers to learn how to program. This approachable book serves as an ideal resource for anyone wanting to use Raspberry Pi to learn to program and helps you get started with the Python programming language. Aimed at first-time developers with no prior programming language assumed, this beginner book gets you up and running. Covers variables, loops, and functions. Addresses 3D graphics programming. Walks you through programming Minecraft. Zeroes in on Python for scripting.” (Syndetics summary)
Windows 8.1 all-in-one for dummies / by Woody Leonhard.
“With new improvements and changes, Windows 8.1 offers a refreshed user interface, better integration between the new and traditional Windows interfaces, and more. Nine minibooks in one cover such essential topics as navigating the new. Start Screen, which is a feature sure to please traditional Windows users. Provides top-notch guidance from trusted and well-known Windows expert and author Woody Leonhard. Covers Windows 8.1 inside and out, including how to customize the Start screen, manage apps, and control privacy. Delves into core Windows 8.1 apps such as e-mail, people, and SkyDrive. Shows you how to connect online, add hardware, back up and update, and secure Windows 8.1.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)