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Automate This: Book review

Automate This: Book review

Algorithms may threaten the jobs of mid-level employees in many industries, but on the upside, says Christopher Steiner, smart engineers may be inspired to work on more important problems.

published October 8, 2012 by

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The Apple Revolution: Book review

The Apple Revolution: Book review

A company with Apple's current level of profitability seems more like the establishment than the counterculture, no matter how many "Think different" adverts praising "the crazy ones" you've seen. This book charts the company's progress from garage to boardroom.

published August 15, 2012 by

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David Brin's Existence: Book review

David Brin's Existence: Book review

It's been 10 years since David Brin's last novel. A long decade, full of change and complexity. So it's fitting that his return to science fiction, Existence, is a futurist work akin to his 1990 novel Earth.

published July 10, 2012 by

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Book review: Broken Ballots

Book review: Broken Ballots

Few people — the security expert Rebecca Mercuri being the notable exception — thought much about the mechanics of voting before the Bush-versus-Gore presidential election in 2000. A few weeks of watching diligent poll workers holding up ballots to look for hanging chads changed all that.

published July 6, 2012 by

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Book review: Microsoft Manual of Style, 4th edition

Book review: Microsoft Manual of Style, 4th edition

Whether you're writing a blog, a book, a website or the text for a program's user interface, the more consistent you are the clearer things will be. That's easier when you have a style guide, so you don't have to decide every time whether it's 'Web site', 'web site' or 'website' and whether to say 'sign in' or 'sign on' (sign in is better, unless you're talking about single sign on and getting access to multiple enterprise services with one login).

published June 18, 2012 by

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Book review: The Start-Up of You

Book review: The Start-Up of You

If you've been wondering exactly what LinkedIn is for, a book on applying entrepreneurship to your career co-written by its co-founder should be the ideal explanation. It is, but thankfully it's more than just an advert or tutorial for the service.

published June 6, 2012 by

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