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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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Book review: The Copyright Enforcement Enigma

Book review: The Copyright Enforcement Enigma

Go back ten or 15 years, and the word 'convergence' cropped up a lot with respect to the internet, telecommunications and media. What has converged in subsequent years has actually gone beyond what was envisaged then — at least in terms of technology.

published May 10, 2012 by

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Book review: Digital Wars

Book review: Digital Wars

In 1998, the New Yorker writer Ken Auletta, author of Googled, asked Bill Gates which of his competitors he feared most. "I fear someone in a garage who is devising something completely new," Gates replied.

published April 17, 2012 by

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Book review: The End of Money

Book review: The End of Money

"It's not a question of money, but of cash," a friend of mine explained to his parents years ago, when we were still university students and planning an evening out together before ATMs. He was, of course, reassuring his parents that he hadn't done anything dumb that would require them to find thousands of dollars to support him for months to come; he was merely lacking the physical representation of the numbers in his bank account.

published April 2, 2012 by

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Book review: Design for Hackers

Book review: Design for Hackers

For a book so packed with fascinating and informative details, Design for Hackers: Reverse Engineering Beauty starts much too slowly. The author is so keen to tell you what he's going to tell you, what difference he hopes it will make to you and why design literacy matters that the first 40 pages are essentially an extended introduction (even if reminding people to sketch out ideas is always a good thing).

published March 20, 2012 by

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Book review: The Tangled Web

Book review: The Tangled Web

There's a simple rule that the more complex a system is the harder it is to secure. Once upon a time, the web was a simple system…Today, anyone trying to advise a web site owner on security has to balance elements within the site owner's control — fonts, domain names, sources of content, validation of user input, for example — against extrinsic elements the site owner can't touch.

published March 12, 2012 by

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