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81. Fundamentals of Statistical Signal Processing, Volume 2: Detection Theory
by Steven M. Kay
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Catlog: Book (1998-01-27)
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5-0 out of 5 stars If you want to learn detection theory get this book.
This book presents the fundamental ideas in detection theory (Hypothesis testing for you math types) in a very accessible way. It was one of the few textbooks I could read without feeling like I should be taking a class to go along with it. First the book starts off with a short chapter explaining what detection theory is. This chapter is so well written and illustrated that I've used it to explain to my friends what it is I do at work. This type of very good introduction is repeated at the start of each chapter. But I would have to say the strength of the book is in the examples. All the main ideas are demonstrated by examples that have been worked out in detail. There are several of these worked out examples per chapter and they range form simple, to the kinds of problems you may face in real life. I keep this book on my desk at work, and on more than on occasion I looked liked a genius by using this book and it's examples to solve a problem in minuets that looked like it would take hours (or days).

5-0 out of 5 stars The best textbook in Estimation Theory
Steven Kay has done a superb job. His coverage of different aspects of estimation theory make this book an excellent reference for the working engineer, as well as a great college textbook. All the topics are well covered, there are meaningful examples that apply the theory to different aspects of signal processing, and the problem sets are very useful. Also, the addition of small appendixes to the end of some chapters is very unique. They usually contain additional material to clarify a method presented in the chapter or discuss some mathematical result. A book that can balance theory with practical applications is not easy to find, especially in a difficult area like statistical signal processing. This is the ultimate guide to estimation theory and its applications.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great, but a tad lacking
I am an undergraduate senior using this book for a graduate-level Detection & Estimation Theory course. This is an excellent book and is very easy to follow, unlike Poor's which is too mathematical and hard too read. However, this book does make many references to Vol. 1, the Estimation Theory, so you almost have to get both books to get a full understanding. Also, some of the problems are not always workable based on the theory given. Overall, though, I do recommend this book. ... Read more


82. Wireless Home Networking for Dummies
by Danny Briere, Pat Hurley, Walter Bruce
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Pick the right equipment, secure your network, and share files
Share your Internet connection, access hot spots, and add on cool wireless peripherals
Thinking of going wireless? It's not as scary as it sounds! This fast and fun guidebook helps you decide what you need, install it, and get the most from all its cool options. Your PCs can share printers while you groove to your favorite MP3s and the family shares quality video game time - all from anywhere!
The Dummies Way
* Explanations in plain English
* "Get in, get out" information
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* A dash of humor and fun
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83. Audio/Video Cable Installer's Pocket Guide
by Stephen H. Lampen
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Cable Any Kind of Audio or Video Installation

Put complete performance specifications for analog and digital audio and video installations -- from professional recording studios to living room theatres -- in the palm of your hand! Audio/Video Cable Installer’s Pocket Guide packs over 200 illustrations that clarify all the methods, procedures, and tools you need to successfully tackle even the most complex installation job. Great for everyone from home enthusiasts to professional engineers and technicians, the convenient take-along size is as perfect for professionals working out in the field as it is for hobbyists tinkering in the basement. Author Stephen Lampen, an industry pro, anticipates and answers your every question on analog and digital audio, analog and digital video, including high definition video cabling; connectors; using Category 5, 5e, and 6 to carry audio and video; installation; and much more. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A First Rate Guide
Within its sphere of discussion, this is the best reference manual of its type. There is a lot not here concerning RF and power, but it's not an RF or power book. Steve Lampen is about the most knowledgeable 'wire man' around and this book should go with you each time you visit your local High End audio saloon or any other vendor of these products.

5-0 out of 5 stars Small package - HUGE resource of information!
It is easy to see why Steve Lampen is such an esteemed author and lecturer and one of the most respected cable engineers in the industry. Steve Lampen does an excellent job of describing cables and their applications. Starting with the basics of the construction of the wire, Steve describes everything from the conductor's base metal to the insulation and shielding to the applications most appropriate for each cable. He defines all of the important wire specifications and gives you a much better sense of which type of cables are most appropriate for you application. While the book is very technical in scope, Steve makes the complex topics interesting and readable. It is filled with helpful charts, graphs and tables - color codes, NEC fire codes, resistance tables, dielectric constants and more.

So much information is packed into this book that I consider it the best 400 pages of knowledge you can carry in your pocket! This is a must-have book for anyone interested in ANY aspect of cable installation or home-theater hookup. ... Read more


84. Communications Systems and Networks
by Ray Horak, Harry Newton, Mark A. Miller
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Catlog: Book (2002-08-26)
Publisher: Wiley
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Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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* Convergence is confusing. Convergence is critical. And convergence is real. In this book, industry pundit Ray Horak describes how the merging of voice and data networks has evolved and is likely to evolve as we move toward an information-based economy.
* Beginning with the fundamentals of communications technology, the book grounds the reader in basic telecommunications concepts including circuits (dedicated, switched and virtual), switches (circuit, packet, and frame), and the issues involved in digital and analog transmission.
* Describes the rudiments of transmission media, from twisted pair and coaxial cable to satellite and fiber-optic transmission.
* Introduces the basics of voice systems, beginning with legacy networks like key telephone systems and including PBXs, Centrex, Automatic Call Distributors, and Computer Telephony Integration (CTI).
* Explains the fundamentals of data communications, including basic LAN and WAN engineering, modems and other forms of data communications equipment, broadband infrastructure and network services, and the protocols and equipment that make the global Internet a reality.
* Considers some of the emerging technologies and applications just now gaining widespread acceptance, including wireless networks and digital video networks, along with the economic and regulatory forces likely to determine the shape of the networked world of the 21st Century, as well as the speed with which we can expect to see it implemented.
* Previous edition sold 40,000+ copies.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Wow, An Instant Classic
When Ray sent me a copy of the new Second edition of "Communications Systems & Networks" I was expecting a good update of the 1996 first edition. Instead Ray has produced an almost entirely new text, and he's done a simply OUTSTANDING job.

Ray is the editor of Newton's Telecom Dictionary, and this book makes an excellent companion text to that great classic. Those of you who read my reviews know that I give free copies of that text to every student who attends my TrainingCity.com classes. If you bought Newton's Telecom Dictionary, buy this book, you won't ever regret it.

Ray uses his experience editing "Newton's" throughout "Communications Systems and Networks." Every term is explained clearly and concisely. Reading through this book I was continually amazed at how well Ray can explain complex concepts, and get ALL the relevant information into so few paragraphs.

In conclusion, I believe this is an instant classic, and a must have for any Voice & Data library.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent knowledge baseline for communications networks
As a switch software developer for many years, I have developed a deep understanding of small corners of switch features, but lacked a good overall knowledge of network architecture. Thank you, Ray, for providing me with the system overview essential for the systems engineering job that I have recently assumed. This is a comprehensive overview of modern communications networks (with interesting brief histories - a nice touch for good readability) aimed at a person with some telecom experience, but like me, with an incomplete background. This book has very nicely filled in knowledge gaps with a great overview of the technologies involved in today's networks. Some of this was familiar, and the rest I knew only in vague generalities. I have been recommending it to others in the field as a good reference. My only complaint is that it is large and cumbersome, so does not travel well. A CD-ROM version would be a very nice handy reference while on my frequent road trips. And he takes his solicitation for input, as stated in the foreword, very seriously.

I think the level of detail is just right, as it gives me enough background to follow technical discussions and ask intelligent questions.

3-0 out of 5 stars Light reading
There are many telecom books around that try cover as much as topics as possible, this one is no different.
Main advantage of Ray Horak's book is it simplicity, it is very easy to read and understand and organization of the overall text is also quite good. Book also covers fairly large portion of today's telecom world, although, due to the sheer size of the subject, it is lacking in details.
I'd recommend this book for junior (very junior) students or for new-commers in the field.
On the other hand, european engineers should try to avoid this book due its US-centrism. Author mostly ignores European systems or provides very shallow and short reference.

To finalize, good book, but don't ecpect it to make you an expert in the field.

4-0 out of 5 stars Communications Systems and Networks
A wonderful and essential book for all telecom engineers. It is a great work that should have scored my 5 but for the paper quality.

5-0 out of 5 stars Communications Systems and Networks
Review of Communications Systems and Networks by Ray Horak

During the mid 1970's in our Voc Tech High School Data Processing class we were taught that all our information either acquired or given must be Pertinent, Accurate, and Understandable. Or PAU.
Currently a Cisco Networking Student I have many questions about communications systems. This book is more than a PAU resource. With clear explanations and illustrations .From UTP to STP to Coax to Fiber to the Wireless! From LAN's to WAN's to Multi-Media to the WWW. All explained and tied together. Chapter 12 has a section dedicated to the Misuse & Content of the WWW. Also Internet Oddities,Screwball Applications, and Some Really Good Ideas. Each well worth the few minutes it takes to read. Last but not least is the Accronyms, Abbreveations & Symbols Appendix because everyone remembers what VSLEP,JBOD,MEO,and WMBTOTCITBWTNTALI stand for right?
Thank You Ray for balancing the tech language with the human !!!

Communications Systems & Networks gets my 5 star PAU rating! ... Read more


85. A Wavelet Tour of Signal Processing (Wavelet Analysis & Its Applications)
by Stephane Mallat
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Catlog: Book (1999-09-15)
Publisher: Academic Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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This book is intended to serve as an invaluable reference for anyone concerned with the application of wavelets to signal processing. It has evolved from material used to teach "wavelet signal processing" courses in electrical engineering departments at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tel Aviv University, as well as applied mathematics departments at the Courant Institute of New York University and ecole
Polytechnique in Paris.

Key Features
* Provides a broad perspective on the principles and applications of transient signal processing with wavelets
* Emphasizes intuitive understanding, while providing the mathematical foundations and description of fast algorithms
* Numerous examples of real applications to noise removal, deconvolution, audio and image compression, singularity and edge detection,
multifractal analysis, and time-varying frequency measurements
* Algorithms and numerical examples are implemented in Wavelab, which is a Matlab toolbox freely available over the Internet
* Content is accessible on several level of complexity, depending on the individual reader's needs
New to the Second Edition
* Optical flow calculation and video compression algorithms
* Image models with bounded variation functions
* Bayes and Minimax theories for signal estimation
* 200 pages rewritten and most illustrations redrawn
* More problems and topics for a graduate course in wavelet signal processing, in engineering and applied mathematics
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1-0 out of 5 stars The worst textbook I have ever seen
I just finished Chapter 3 of this book, but I have had enough of it. Conceptions about Fourier Transform are not clear at all. And the most unbearable thing is that, there are many printing errors which may lead to misunderstanding.

5-0 out of 5 stars Algorithms and much more!
The subject of wavelets has many facets, --infinite in all directions;-- some of the more exciting sides of the subject
are algorithmic, and the underlying mathematical principles are both simple and powerful. Stephane Mallat's great, and readable, book, in both of its editions, brings
this out wonderfully!

5-0 out of 5 stars A bold approach to wavelet transforms that simplifies
This is an outstanding tour through the field of wavelet decompositions of both continuous and discrete signals. It employs the formalism of Hilbert space, instead of linear algebra. This is important because the power of this formalism yields insights into the subject matter that are practically impossible in linear algebra. The formalized approach allows a wide variety of subjects to be placed on a common basis (no pun intended). For example, the transition of the treatment of the Fourier transform into Hilbert space, brings to bear the powerful guns of that space (such guns as inner product and completeness), and allows for a truly elegant proof of the Parseval and Plancherel formulas.
Parseval's theorem, simply stated, is that the inner products in Hilbert space are conserved by the Fourier transform. How simple. Linear algebra approaches cannot hope to make things this simple.

Proof of the General Sampling Theorem is equally elegant; it is shown that the projection of the function to be decomposed onto a basis function gives the discrete spectral coefficient.

Readers will also enjoy the treatment of windowed Fourier transforms and frames.

I should add a note about the style of the treatise. This treatise is not ordinary. It consistently uses very precise and carefully defined symbology. Contrary to popular belief, this makes the text easier to read, not more difficult. Once the reader understands the symbol set being used (they are all defined in the front of the text), even the proofs are tractable. Yes, I said proofs. That is another aspect of the text. There are proofs embedded in the text, without loss of continuity or clarity. Proofs are necessary to a good understanding of the subject matter. The formalism of theorems, lemmas and propositions makes the conclusions understandable, because the theorems, lemmas and propositions supporting the conclusions are identifiable.

I applaud the author for his approach and recommend that other text book writers use the same approach.

5-0 out of 5 stars I could rate this book with all the stars in the Universe.
1980:Marr:"Theory of edge detection" Subject text:"A major difficulty with natural images is that changes can and do occur over a wide range of scales. NO single filter can be optimal SIMULTANEUSLY at all scales, so it follows that one should seek a way of dealing separately with the changes occuring at different scales"...

Well here is the man who used unconsiously wavelets I thought when I first read this article. Canny just computerized these thoughts embedding some additional signal theory. They both concluded on the same filter: Gaussian filter. Well the gaussian is a wavelet I thought...(Year 2000)

1990:Mallat:He extended these filters producing a family of wavelets. And of course the gaussian is now a wavelet base shattering my dreams of a new discovery. I thought of another thing, found in this book, and another thing also found in this book. So in this book I see what I wanted for wavelts to repesent. Well I am using images as signals but I am convinced that the same happens with other kind of signals.

This book is a must in Signal Processing. Obtain it!

3-0 out of 5 stars Not complete, mathematically
The book is difficult to follow. Though Mallat has attempted to be mathematically rigorous, the proofs unfortunately involve steps that have never been satisfactorily explained. So, to get a solid foundation, I believe it is important to go through the proofs of the theorems, not just the statements & that's hard in this book. The portion on Fourier Analysis especially was important to get a good foundation on why wavelets are important but it was way too short & the proofs had problems as mentioned above. If you are looking for an easy guide (as some non-serious programmers do tend to do), it however involves sifting through too much material till you can piece together what you need so the book is not for the dilettante either. ... Read more


86. Mobile Ad Hoc Networking
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Catlog: Book (2004-07-23)
Publisher: Wiley-IEEE Press
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From physical issues up to applications aspects, Mobile Ad Hoc Networking comprehensively covers all areas of the technology, including protocols and models, with an emphasis on the most current research and development in the rapidly growing area of ad hoc networks. All material has been carefully screened for quality and relevance and reviewed by the most renowned and involved experts in the field.

  • Explores the most recent research and development in the rapidly growing area of ad hoc networks.
  • Includes coverage of ad hoc networking trends, possible architectures, and the advantages/limits for future commercial, social, and educational applications.
  • Ad hoc networks have been an intense area of research and development but many products that fully utilize this technology are only now being widely deployed throughout the world.
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87. Fast Fourier Transform and Its Applications
by E. Brigham
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Catlog: Book (1988-03-29)
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88. Home Theaters and Electronic Houses
by Tina Skinner, Cedia
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89. Media Now : Understanding Media, Culture, and Technology (with CD-ROM and InfoTrac)
by Joseph Straubhaar, Robert LaRose
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Do your students understand how they are affected by the media they use? Do they understand how technology works, develops and changes over time. MEDIA NOW is the first mass communication text to encourage students to think critically about the media and its effects on culture and also provide them with a thorough understanding of how the media technologies develop, operate, converge and affect our greater society. Unlike other introductory mass communication books, MEDIA NOW prepares students for their careers in the expanded field of telecommunications, interactive media, and traditional media industries, by providing them with a book that will not only excite them but teach them the foundational theories, concepts and technical knowledge to help them thrive. MEDIA NOW: UNDERSTANDING MEDIA, CULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY is that book! ... Read more


90. Microwave and Wireless Synthesizers : Theory and Design
by Ulrich L.Rohde
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Over the past decade, great strides have been made in the technology of microwave oscillators and synthesizers, with digital frequency synthesizers in particular attracting much attention. These synthesizers are now being used in virtually all modern signal generators and radio communication equipment. Until now, however, detailed information about their design has been hard to come by-much of it scattered through journal articles-and most books on the subject have taken a primarily theoretical approach. Enter Microwave and Wireless Synthesizers-the first book to emphasize both practical circuit information from RF to millimeter-wave frequencies and up-to-date theory. Based on course material taught by author Ulrich L. Rohde at George Washington University and recent work done by the author at Compact Software, Inc. and Synergy Microwave Corporation, this volume is a complete revision and update of Rohde's landmark text, Digital PLL Frequency Synthesizers: Theory and Design. While it provides all the necessary theory and formulas, it also offers an in-depth look at the practical side of the phase-lock loop (PLL) in synthesizers-including special loops, loop components, and practical circuits-material that is not available in any other book. Rohde explains loop fundamentals, demonstrates the linear approach to oscillator phase noise, discusses the digital direct synthesizer technique, addresses low noise oscillator design, and provides insight into the role and design of crystal oscillators, mixers, phase/frequency discriminators, wideband high-gain amplifiers, programmable dividers, and loop filters. He goes on to cover conventional multiloop synthesizers and survey existing state-of-the-art microwave synthesizer applications. Extensive appendices review the mathematics of useful functions and various applications, including even the complex nonlinear theory of noise in large signal systems such as mixers and oscillators. Microwave and Wireless Synthesizers allows anyone with a PC running either Windows 3.11 or Windows NT to explore real-world design. It uses programs for the solution of digital phase-lock loop systems, tabulates the results, and shows how Bode diagrams are determined by the computer's graphic capabilities. It also includes examples using commercially available linear and nonlinear CAD programs to provide accurate evaluation and optimization of oscillators and other useful circuits and many practical charts. For companies involved in test and communication equipment, this book reduces design and research costs by providing a large number of proven circuits and expediting the design process. It is also an outstanding senior/graduate level textbook for electrical engineering students and an invaluable resource for practicing engineers, senior engineers, and managers who would like to be able to evaluate new trends and techniques in the field. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Great information, very poorly conveyed
I agree with earlier reviewers that the book is hard to follow and does not have a coherent line of delivery of the material. Nonetheless, the content is excellent, with many valuable insights and information. My impression is that the author has great expertise in the material but was either rushed or careless in the writing of the book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Inattention to detail
By page eight of this book I had already found many errors, omissions and notational inconsistencies. Explanations are poor and the writing style sloppy. The book does however cover a wide range of material and has a good bibliography, but my advice would be to check everything you use from this book.

2-0 out of 5 stars Caution...
I found this book very difficult to follow. There are far too many mathematical derivations, and little explanation about what the equations derived are useful for. It is an extremely specialist book and not really for general reading. A lot of material is presented, but it is poorly described.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent reference source for synthesizer design
I pass along the review by Johann Klier in News from Rohde & Schwarz, Number 159 (1998/III):

The book gives a comprehensive picture of synthesizer technology. It not only deals with the underlying theory but also provides numerous practical examples of circuits, many of them implemented by Rohde & Schwarz. The author explains the fundamentals of phase-locked loops, describes the linear model for calculating oscillator phase noise, looks at the design of low-noise oscillators and deals in detail with further PLL components such as crystal oscillators, mixers, phase detectors, loop filters and programmable frequency dividers. The noise characteristics of these components are treated in great detail.

Other chapters are devoted to multiloop synthesizers, direct digital synthesis, the fractional-N technique and high-performance, hybrid synthesizers. With each chapter there is a comprehensive reference list including patents. The book concludes with an in-depth mathematical treatise that includes the complex theory of noise in mixers and oscillators. Thus it covers practically every aspect of synthesizer technology. All in all the book is an excellent reference source for anyone involved in synthesizer design.

4-0 out of 5 stars Generally good but quality is patchy. Some errors+omissions.
Most of this book is very good but the some sections contain gross errors and omissions. The short section on crystal impedance bridge oscillators refers to 2 diagrams that have been omitted. There is the occasional typesetting error where a group of words are run together. Also some sections suffer from an apparent lack of proof reading in that occasionally the wrong word is used (even though the spelling is correct!). The component labels in some diagrams do not correspond to those used in the text and in some cases the same label is used for two sparate components. Erroneous conclusions about the SSB phase noise floor of a crystal oscillator where the output signal is extracted by running the crystal current through a common base stage. Leeson's equation for the SSB phase noise floor is incorrectly applied to derive an SSB phase noise floor about 10 dB worse than that obtained in practice. Instead of blindly applying this formula a return to first principles to calculate the common base stage output noise and signal currents at frequencies outside the crystal bandwidth allows the SSB phase noise floor to be easily computed. This method also provides good insight into the important contributors to the SSB phase noise floor and how to minimise them.These shortcomings, whilst annoying, don't greatly detract from the overall utility of this book, provided that the reader has some previous experience in the field. ... Read more


91. Wireless Telecommunications Networking with ANSI-41
by Randall A. Snyder, Michael D. Gallagher
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Catlog: Book (2001-03-15)
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ALL-IN-ONE GUIDE TO ANSI-41 Revision E Replacing IS-41, ANSI –41 Revision E is the North American standard for wireless telecommunications network signaling. Written by Randall Snyder and Michael Gallagher, two of the new standard's developers, Wireless Tel Network with ANSI-41, Second Edition provides you with the latest need-to-know revisions, operational details, and protocol usage of the standard.

This edition packs a new chapter on WIN (Wireless Intelligent Network) and a complete listing of federally mandated features and functions. You’ll explore wireless telecommunications standards, signaling, and network reference models…wireless functionality… structure of the ANSI-41 standard and protocol architecture…basic intersystem handoff functions, automatic roaming functions, authentication functions, call processing functions, short-message service functions, and operations, administration, and maintenance functions. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excelent Book on IS-41
I just read the authentication chapter, and I just left behind all my doubts about authentication. Anyway not just the Auth Chapter is excelent but the whole book.

5-0 out of 5 stars The book to get for IS-41
Highly recommended book for IS-41... the networking standard between AMPS, TDMA and CDMA switches, HLR and VLRs.I'm relieved there's a book out there which explains everything in layman's term, yet goes through enoughdetails to give a great grasp of the important concepts of mobilenetworking.

The authors give a great background of mobiletelecommunications, the making of the IS-41 standard, mobility management,call processing (and most of the important feature procesing),and SMS. Concepts like authentication and mobile roaming are covered quitewell.

The basic format of each section remains the same, so it's easy tofollow.If you really want the details, like the IS-41 parameters, it'snot in this book, but that's when you go to the actual standardsdocument!

Kudos to Michael Gallagher and Randall Snyder for an awesomebook!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excelente libro, f?cil de comprender.
Un excelente libro del protocolo IS-41, gradual en su presentaci?n. No entra al detalle de los bytes.Mantiene un muy buen nivel, con claros ejemplos. He preparado un buen curso de este protocolo a partir de este y otros libros

5-0 out of 5 stars Great IS-41 Book
This is a great IS-41 book. It is very instructional(going over the IS-41 protcol) and also as a reference(to view call flows for different features). This is a must for anyone involved with IS-41.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must have for wireless communication network professionals
The book is an easily understood reference for anyone that works with SS7and ANSI-41.The book is packed will drawings and pratical examples.Itis detailed enough that most people could avoid buying the >$1000 ANSIpublication ... Read more


92. RF Circuit Design: Theory and Applications
by Reinhold Ludwig, Pavel Bretchko
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Catlog: Book (1999-11-30)
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1-0 out of 5 stars too many errors and misconceptions
I am very displeased with this book. Many errors in figures and equations. Section 4.2.2 is fundamentally in error.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good but not solid one
The book starts every chapter with good start but ends each chapter with so so. I guess the authors start each chapter with great enthusiasm and then lose it towards the end chapter. The book has some mistakes in the worked example, as simple as transforming impeadance to admittance and vice versa. It has also other rigorous mathematical mishap.
I do recommend it but not to starters since it could easily confuse . I hope the authors revise it and correct the mistakes and carry the enthusiasm to the end of each chapter.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
I think this book is practically the bible for anyone looking into designing radios. Using the material covered in this book, I've built three functioning transcievers. I started as a amateur, knowing the rock-bottom basics of circuit design, and steadily built increasingly more complex prototypes, until I worked up to a 50 watt transciever operating on 3.80512 GHz.

5-0 out of 5 stars Solid for Intermediate engineers
If you're interested in learning RF Circuit design, you need this book. This book gradually steps through important sections of analysis in RF design and works its way up to amplifiers, oscillators and mixers.

I bought this book without fully knowing a large number of founding concepts of RF theory. What I found was that this book anticipates this from the reader and invests the first few chapters teaching such topics.

As you progress through the high frequency analysis and learning how to apply the smith chart, you're brought into the world of active circuits. Systematically applying earlier taught material to more advanced topics, the reader is left with a good understanding of pratical application.

Overall, this is a beginner-intermediate RF text. After completing a study of this text, you'll have enough to make basic RF circuits and subsystems. To meet the needs of real world applications, you will need a supplimentary text such as Microwave Transistor Amplifiers by Gonzalez. To back this, i point out the extreme lack of emphasis on S-parameter data, as well as only 15 pages on broadband amplifiers.

Still this is a pretty good book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good intro to RF design
I'm probably a bit biased with this review, seeing as I learned RF design using this text in a course taught by the author. However, I really feel that it is an excellent introduction to the material. The progression through the book is well thought out and easily understandable. A basic knowledge of E/M fields theory is assumed, however. Overall though, for someone who wants an introduction to RF design and wants a book that clearly goes through all the steps in deriving each progressive equation, this book is an excellent choice. ... Read more


93. Fundamentals of Adaptive Filtering
by Ali H.Sayed
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Catlog: Book (2003-06-06)
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This book is based on a graduate level course offered by the author at UCLA and has been classed tested there and at other universities over a number of years. This will be the most comprehensive book on the market today providing instructors a wide choice in designing their courses.
* Offers computer problems to illustrate real life applications for students and professionals alike
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is the best textbook I've ever read. The mix of theory and practice, examples and math, and the ordered introduction of concepts flows so well it reads like a treasure quest. Everything has its place, and the place is known - you just have to follow the signs and keep an eye out for those which are subtler than others, just to keep things alive and interesting. It's indicative of the clarity of thinking and broad sweep of this work that you would refer to it (I do and other students I know as well), for other subject matter such as communications, linear algebra, digital filters, probability and control theory. The homework problems are not just a series of one-liners as in most graduate level text books, but well-marked road maps addressing points discussed in the text and opening up new possibilities. The computer projects are very well commented and the results analysed. The language is concise yet fluid, and there are extremely few typos of any kind. This is a very, very high quality work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed
I work on 802.11b and 802.11a/OFDM modems and was looking for some kind of coherent text on decision feedback equalization and other tracking schemes when I stumbled upon this book. I'm deep into chapter three and I can already draw the following conclusions.

There are two things that make this book really great.
1) The teaching style. Besides having a wonderful way with words, the author uses plenty of subtle teaching principles that help in the understanding of the material like frequent repetition of the main concepts and slowly building up examples over different sections inside each chapter.

2) Content !!!! Its hard to assimilate abstract material like estimation theory without at the end having some type of useful application or algorithm to show for. The author's examples and computer projects on channel estimation, channel equalization, maximum ratio combining and Rake receivers are very popular building blocks for a variety of modems. It is very motivating to know that after labouring through the chapter the authors feels that you are now ready to understand decision feedback equalizers and so he presents you with a nice DFE computer project.

Difficult topics require competent teaching approaches and that is exactly what you will find in this book.

The only thing that would make this book even better would be a very brief introductory chapter on statistics and linear algebra. So if you are going through the book and you want to quickly revisit the definition of covariance or hermetian transpose there is one centralized section that has all the useful mathematical tools nicely listed.

As a practising engineer, I highly recommend this book.
Andreas S.

5-0 out of 5 stars A True Masterpiece
This book is a true masterpiece. It contains the most complete treatment, theoretical and practical, of adaptive filtering that I've ever seen and I've seen just about every book on this topic on the market. In addition to the detialed theoretical derivations, this book is rich with numerous design examples and computer projects with provided matlab code. This equips the reader with proper tools to quickly understand the concepts and put them to practice with relative ease. I highly recommend this book to anyone serious about understanding adaptive filters.

5-0 out of 5 stars A good book.
For all those of us, working in beamforming or OFDM or equalization or noise control, who find Haykin's writing uninspiring, Sayed's work has all the elegance of Prof Kailath's pedagogical style. This is one scrumptious intellectual meal. Every extant variation of the LMS and RLS algorithms is detailed, and some histroical context provided. The mathematical background needed or assumed is rudimentary. The Matlab projects are extensive in scope - yet, like most Matlab sources, they will take work in understanding their nuances.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb introduction to the area
I had the pleasure of taking the author's course at UCLA when the manuscript that later became this text was under development. The book is extremely well written and dedicated study of it will turn a conscientious reader into an expert in the area. One of the great aspects of the book is that not only does it offer one knowledge in the state of the art in adaptive filtering, but along the way introduces a lot of very valuable material in linear algebra, estimation, communications (equalization, etc.)...I strongly recommend this book as an alternative to Haykin or any of the other texts out there. ... Read more


94. Analytical Network and System Administration : Managing Human-Computer Systems
by MarkBurgess
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Catlog: Book (2004-05-14)
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Network and system administration usually refers to the skill of keeping computers and networks running properly.  But in truth, the skill needed is that of managing complexity.  This book describes the science behind these complex systems, independent of the actual operating systems they work on. 

It provides a theoretical approach to systems administration that:

  • saves time in performing common system administration tasks.
  • allows safe utilization of untrained and trained help in maintaining mission-critical systems.
  • allows efficient and safe centralized network administration.

Managing Human-Computer Networks:

  • Will show how to make informed analyses and decisions about systems, how to diagnose faults and weaknesses
  • Gives advice/guidance as to how to determine optimal policies for system management
  • Includes exercises that illustrate the key points of the book

The book provides a unique approach to an old problem and will become a classic for researchers and graduate students in Networking and Computer Science, as well as practicing system managers and system administrators. ... Read more


95. Complete Wireless Design
by Cotter W. Sayre
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Catlog: Book (2001-01-22)
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Easily design today’s wireless systems and circuits

Design an entire radio system from the ground up instead of relying on a simple plug-in selection of circuits to be modified.Avoid an arduous trek through theory and mathematical derivations. Cotter Sayre’s Complete Wireless Design covers wireless hardware design more thoroughly than any other handbook —and does it without burying you in math.

This new guide from today’s bestselling wireless author gives you all the skills you need to designwireless systems and circuits. If you want to climb the learning curve with grace, and start designing what you need immediately, this reasonably priced resource is your best choice. It’s certain to be the most-used reference in your wireless arsenal for designing cutting-edge filters, amplifiers, RF switches, oscillators, and more. You get:
Simplified calculations for impedance matching, analysis of wireless links, and completing a frequency plan
Real-world examples of designing with RFIC’s and MMIC’s
Full circuit and electromagnetic software simulations
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on Wireless Design
Circuits and Wireless Communication designers and Enthusiasts....ENJOY!

A true one-of-a-kind guide to wireless "design". It guides you through the design process step-by-step. The author presents design procedure for every circuit that make up a complete wireless system. He also provides design hints, tips and tricks. Primarily for Electrical Engineers and circuit and electronics enthusiasts, this book is a must for its primary audience. There's so much valuable information and experience in this book you won't find anywhere else.

The book is not intended for people with no electronics or circuit design background. People without such background will find the book difficult to follow and comprehend. Communication designers and engineers, however, will be extremely delighted with this book.
I'm greatly thankful for the author for his excellent book.

5-0 out of 5 stars The "What you always wanted to know" Design Book
It is not often that you find such a good book that packs such a lot of helpful design information in one volume. Not only does the author get straight to the point without boring you with complicated mathematics and derivations like in some books (there are enough clogging my bookshelf), but also his simple formulas with short and powerful theory is enough to get the job 99% done. He proves that you don't have to get into very elaborate and complicated math routines to get a working design on the table. Sure there are instances where that is needed but as he explains in the book most of the number crunching and optimization can be done by CAD programs these days, leaving it unnecessary for example to hand calculate filter values by hand in these modern times. It is also nice to have a variety of programs included on the CD-rom. Even as a designer for the last 15+ years this book "taught an old dog some new tricks". This will help especially the rookie designer to get working designs in a short time and to avoid pitfalls. Definitely one to have on your bookshelf!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, wonderful, invaluable. Period.
At my place of work I have access to *every* RF/wireless circuit and system design book published since 1969, covering everything from books for the beginner all the way up to books for the extremely advanced RF engineer. In other words, I know what is out there when it comes to wireless circuit design books. Complete Wireless Design fills the huge gap between the cookbook/beginner style of book [which has too much missing info; neglects the disastrous RF design "gotch-yas"; and is not adaptable enough for real life design], and the advanced calculus riddled books [which can be too limited in scope; sometimes are totally incomprehensible; don't address the practical side of engineering; and rarely bother to show detailed schematics of the circuits they are so deeply discussing]. Complete Wireless Design's target is distinctly the practical, and not the theoretical [NOTE: Some university-based teachers or certain engineers may be put-off by this strongly practical, no-nonsense "let's get the circuit designed NOW!" approach, but since my own day to day work pressures force me to swiftly design RF circuits, I personally do not have a problem with this]. While no book can, obviously, be totally complete, Complete Wireless Design comes as close to this ideal as I have seen in my almost 30 years of hardcore RF circuit design experience.

1-0 out of 5 stars Far from complete
This book is another of the "cookbook" type of circuit design books that have been coming out. Wireless design has been going on for many years. There are much better books out there for much less money. Introduction To RF Design by Wes Hayward for starters

5-0 out of 5 stars A great book for practical RF Product designers
One of the best books on RF. I have seen lot of books on RF but no one talks as practical as this book and also not so many areas covered. Simple design steps with simple to use formulae are given for many important RF subcircuits like amplifiers,mixers, Oscillators and support circuits. RF is a very complicated field and one can easily get lost with lot of equations and classical approach. This is the perfect book for those who are starting the practical RF design. Those already in the field also have good information in this book. Overall a must book in the personal library. I wish I had this book four years back. ... Read more


96. Schaum's Outline of Digital Signal Processing (Schaum's)
by Monson H. Hayes
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Catlog: Book (1998-08-31)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Reflecting the rapid advances in microelectronics and computer technology, this powerful study guide is ideal as a supplement to any course on this subject or for independent study by electrical engineering majors and practicing engineers. Readers will learn how digital signal processing techniques come into play in a wide range of fields and will appreciate this thorough, yet concise coverage. The many illustrative problems with detailed solutions and the supplementary self-tests speed comprehension and aid remembering.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good Supplement to Oppenheim or Proakis (DSP book)
This book is intended to serve as a supplement for an EE DSP course, which probably uses one of the texts listed above. If you want to self-study DSP I recommend the Steve Smith book (available in print or on his website) as a place to get started.
The best areas of Dr. Hayes' book are its treatement of sampling (better than John Proakis' book), z-transforms and DFT. I think the FFT treatment was okay and the filter design at the end was a little light, but that is okay since this is really intended for a first semester course. The main purpose of all the Schaum's books is to provide more worked out examples of tricky material and Hayes' book serves the purpose. One final thing, in the introduction, the author says to check out his website that has errata listed, but I typed the address in and got an "under construction" message.

4-0 out of 5 stars This book was excellent
... of course that could be because my professor gave tests from some of the sample problems in here.. :) But the book was done very well, I thought. It was a great suppliment to our textbook, which was the Digital Signal Processing book written by Leland Jackson (that's Jackson's red book, rather than the infamous Jackson's blue book). The solved problems were very helpful.

4-0 out of 5 stars Must Be Great
Most of us know what digital signal processing is all about
but not what it does or how to use it intuitively. I think this
book puts everything together in a more organized fashion to
allow us to intuitively flair the end product even before we
get there. I think that's what studying is all about, create room
for intuition in a system, and that's what is expected from this
book as well.

1-0 out of 5 stars Helpful only if you already know the material
This book is of little help in learning the topic as a stand alone book. The examples are of little use, and most of the problems have no solution listed. Even when answers are given, the supporting work is missing, leaving you wonder how they arrived at their answer. Don't waste your time, or money on this book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Probably fine for suppliment or review; doesn't stand alone.
This book is probably very effective as a suppliment to a class or more formal textbook, but I would not suggest it as a basis for learning DSP. The material strikes me as relatively comprehensive, with only a few errors in the derivations of the solutions to the problems (the answers are, of course, correct). Worst is that there are a few sections in which a string of irrelevant (and sometimes erroneous) derivation takes the place of a solid mathematical development. ... Read more


97. The Satellite Communication Applications Handbook (Artech House Space Applications Series)
by Bruce R. Elbert
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5-0 out of 5 stars Clear and detailed writing of Satellite Communications.
Mr. Elbert's book is eminently readable and offers a clear concise explanation of the various uses of satellite. Suitable both for engineers and non technical persons. If you work in telecommunications, you should have this book. ... Read more


98. Cisco IP Telephony
by DavidLovell, David Lovell
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Catlog: Book (2001-12-17)
Publisher: Cisco Press
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Average Customer Review: 3.09 out of 5 stars
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Digitizing voice signals and transmitting them over an IP network offers tremendous advantages, particularly in closely controlled environments like offices and contact centers. Cisco Systems sees voice over IP (VoIP) as a strategic opportunity, and therefore has innovated considerably in the area. Cisco IP Telephony explains how to design and build voice infrastructures in which call-control services are provided by one or more CallManager units. In addition to his coverage of CallManager, David Lovell pays attention to the 7900 series of IP phones and to Cisco's line of voice gateway products, as well as products that improve the reliability of IP phones. Consider this book a comprehensive guide to configuring CallManager and designing dial plans under it. Look elsewhere for detailed discussions of how to configure routers for VoIP quality of service (QoS) and bandwidth requirements. Consider Cisco CallManager Fundamentals for more detailed information on CallManager call flows, particularly as they relate to activity across multiple geographic sites, and practical matters like fail-safe routing of emergency calls.

David Lovell, a Cisco instructor, first shows how to configure CallManager clusters (he explains CallManager concepts like partitions and route groups, and uses step-by-step procedures to show how to set them up). Coverage includes such new features as music on hold (MOH) servers and the Bulk Administration Tool (BAT). Later chapters use the same instructional style to explain Survivable Remote Site Telephony (SRST) and a handful of applications: WebAttendant, IP SoftPhone, and Unity messaging. Coverage of the applications is pretty scanty (and there's nothing on theIP Contact Center--IPCC--application), but it's enough to get readers oriented, and the deep CallManager coverage more than compensates.--David Wall

Topics covered: The suite of clients, infrastructure devices, call-control systems, and, to a limited extent, applications that make up Cisco Systems' voice over IP offerings. Emphasis falls on CallManager 3.1, particularly on configuring it to talk to telephony devices and to recognize users. The Bulk Administration Tool (BAT), CallManager numbering and route plans, redundancy strategies (including those that use Survivable Remote Site Telephony--SRST), and design best practices all get attention. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Cisco IP Telephony by David Lovell
Cisco IP Telephony
By David Lovell
ISBN 1587050501

Have you ever had a book labeled the definitive guide, the bible, or the ultimate guide, well this book could have easily been called the bible, or the ultimate guide, or the definitive guide to Cisco IP Telephony. What
I am saying is this book covers it all. It was somewhat overwhelming at times. That is not meant to be a bad thing, I am just saying that is covers the subject to the nth detail. If you read and study this book and don't pick-up something about IP Telephony you have a problem. The introduction to this book said that the book is a foundation for IP Telephony, but this is an understatement.

The book is very organized in its layout. There are 14 chapters and Appendix A & B. The chapters are divided into four (4) parts, Getting Started with Cisco IP Telephony, Basic Configuration, Advanced Configuration, and Applications. Part five (5) is the Appendixes. Almost every chapter starts with a pre-test to test your knowledge in the area covered, or to see if you need to work on certain areas in the chapter.
Then it covers abbreviations, the subject, and then a summary and test to see what you have learned.

Part I chapter 1 is an introduction to Cisco IP Telephony.

Part II is basic configuration, such as, Navigation and Setup, Call Manager Rout Plan Menu,
Call Manager Administration Service Menu, Call Manager Features and User Menus, IP Telephony Devices, Using Bulk Administration Tool (BAT), and Installation, Backup And Upgrades.

Part III is Advance Configuration. It covers LAN Infrastructure, Call Preservation, Media Resources, WAN Design and Best Practices.

Part IV covers Applications.

If you are doing a self study on Cisco IP Telephony, or if you need a complete reference for your Cisco IP Telephony System, David Lovell's book is just what you need.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Useful Overview of CallManager
I didn't buy this book to pass the CIPT exam. I bought it to fill in some gaps in my CallManager knowledge in preparation for the CCIE Voice. I found it to be a useful introduction to CallManager. It takes the reader through the basic configuration of CallManager using well thought out (albeit fairly simple) examples. It is very similar to the materials found on the CIPT course.

If you are going to have to administer/configure a CallManager for the first time - this book is a good place to start.

If you are going to sit the CCIE voice it is probably too lightweight for your needs (although it is on the prescribed reading list!)

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't bother.
This book is poorly put together, dry, repetative, and does a very poor job of explaning the material. Whatever good there is in it seems verbatim from Cisco's web site.

Save your money.

2-0 out of 5 stars Very hard to read and understand. May not be what you want!!
I am preparing for CIPT exam. I thought this was the preparation guide for CIPT. I was hoping that this book goes in depth analysis of all components of CIPT clearly. In my opinion, this book is short of explaining VoIP protocols. It needs a little more elaboration on the fundamentals. For example, I read about clusters in this book. I was very much confused. Then I read about the same subject in Cisco CallManager Fundamentals. It was actually a streightforward concept. All discriptions in the book are confusing, and insufficient. I vote strongly against this book if you are planning to buy this book only because you are preparing for the CIPT test. It might be a good reference for using the CallManager menus.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not sufficient for IP telephony certification
This book does not cover all the topics probed in the exam.Needs to be updated and aligned with the latest Cisco IP Telephony Certification Exam. ... Read more


99. Voice Over IP Technologies: Building the Converged Network
by Mark A.Miller, Mark A. Miller
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Voice over IP Technologies provides solid technical information on how to successfully design and implement a converged network, combining voice, data, fax and video transmissions into a cohesive networking infrastructure centered on the Internet Protocol.

Converged networks, which combine voice, data, fax and video transmissions into a cohesive networking infrastructure -- all centered on the Internet Protocol, or IP -- promise a number of advantages over existing, separate networking environments. But to successfully design and implement a converged network requires expertise on both the voice and data networking sides of the house. Unfortunately, few individuals have these credentials -- either you are a voice networking expert, and familiar with circuit switching and connections between PBXs, or you are a data networking expert, familiar with packet switching and connections between routers and servers.

The objective of this text is to bridge the gap between the voice and data networking sides, and provide the reader with the opportunity to fill in their areas of weakness with solid technical information. In addition, this text presents a number of case studies, from architectural, financial and technical perspectives that illustrate real-world applications for these technologies. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Piece of Work
Voice over IP Technologies is an outstanding piece of work, reflecting much of Mark Miller's exceptional knowledge of voice and data communications systems and multi-protocol networks. He is, in fact and without question, one of the leading experts in the field of network design, analysis and troubleshooting across the LAN, MAN and WAN domains. And he is a leading authority on ATM, Frame Relay and the TCP/IP protocol suite ... and their meaningful applications.

The value of all that expertise is much greater value, of course, if it can be shared effectively with others. Mark Miller's considerable skills as an author have been honed in a dozen or so previous books, and are well demonstrated in this excellent work. The information is well organized and clearly stated, and is supported with numerous graphics. There are numerous appendixes, including a most helpful glossary. The work also is very well indexed, which I consider to be extremely important for future reference.

As a technologist, I can appreciate the accuracy of the information contained in this book. As a consultant, I can appreciate its integrity. As an author, I can appreciate the care with which the subject matter has been researched, the way it has been organized, and the thoroughly understandable manner in which it is presented. When I need to research a technical topic for a book, article or column I am writing, or for a consulting project, I generally skip past the several hundred other references on my shelf and reach for one of Mark Miller's books. When the topic is VoIP, I reach for this one first. I recommend that you do the same. ... Read more


100. DV 101 : A Hands-On Guide for Business, Government and Educators
by Jan Ozer
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Corporations, government offices, and academic institutions have long used video to educate and inform. The only thing that's changed is the people who are producing them: With low-priced equipment and easy-to-use software flooding the market, now you're the person behind the camera, not some high-priced video specialist! This is the guide for you, then-and all of the other nonprofessionals who've been called upon to produce top-quality videos. Long on essentials-like where to place the camera, how to connect microphones, and which font to use in titles-and short on theory, this guide focuses instead on the simple steps and best practices needed to produce great videos. Veteran author Jan Ozer gives you the lowdown on shooting, audio, and lighting before describing the workflow and procedures involved in converting raw DV footage to streaming video and DVDs, and distributing the final product. For software-specific guidance, you can purchase downloadable PDF workbooks that use the book's projects to walk you through the production process. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Hands on Guide for Volunteers too!
Libraries need to interview and archive footage from their interesting seniors, scouts need to capture their jamborees, and coaches need to focus on what is going right (and wrong) with their team. The list goes on forever, and all those volunteers out there doing the heavy lifting need to read this book, mark the pages and follow the steps! Jan Orzer's book is really saving me from a lot of errors, steering me in the right direction and giving me the confidence to try. If I follow the directions that he illustrates so well (and humorously) I expect to produce video that teaches, entertains and maybe even inspires the viewer. I have never taken a formal course and am finding my way as an amateur, but so far, with Jan's help, I am getting there with better results than I deserve to have, so this book is very good value, and I highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just the facts on DV...
DV 101 is an easy book to get your arms around, whether you're a video newbie, or someone looking for a refresher course. The downloadable supplementary workbooks carry on the tradition of feeding you just the information you need, and nothing more. Corporate budgets being what they are today, chances are your department will not have funding for a large production staffed with pro videographers. I think you will find DV 101 an indispensable guide to real-world techniques that work without breaking the bank. From a business user's perspective, I can say Jan Ozer's book provides the information you'll need to produce respectable results that will delight both your target audience and your CFO.

5-0 out of 5 stars Everything in one place!
The amount of information, tips, tricks, and data in this one book is amazing! Most of the facts a beginning and intermediate user needs to learn about planning, audio, lighting, shooting, rendering, and producing DVDs is included.

With the number of DV players in schools and homes, this book is an excellent choice as the textbook in a high school digital video class and for that student, parent, or grandparent who is constantly producing his or her videos at home.

5-0 out of 5 stars Getting Through Your First Vido Production
This book is addressed to the absolute beginner who has to produce some kind of video. He generally assumes:

that the reader is in business, government or education, perhaps where the video department got shut down for cost savings.
that you are operating by yourself. You are the camera operator, the actor, the director, etc.
that you are using only one camera
that you are going to edit the production digitally
and of course you want professional looking results.

That's a fair number of assumptions, but with today's low cost but very good equipment and software, not unreasonable expectations. This book does not review cameras, or software, or DVD authoring programs. It is written pretty general in nature.

But then to accompany the book there are a series of workbooks that do discuss the use of the most common software packages: Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Encore DVD, Apple Final Cut Express, DVD Studio Pro, and Pinnacle Studio.

This book will not make you a professional ready to go compete with Industrial Light and Magic, but it'll get you through the process of your first video. ... Read more


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