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101. Understanding Color Management
by Abhay Sharma
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Asin: 1401814476
Catlog: Book (2003-08-11)
Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
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Digital imagery and digital color are everywhere, yet operating a color-managed system has remained a mysteryuntil now! Fresh from pioneering work in color algorithms for FujiFilm, Dr. Abhay Sharma explains the basics of color science and color measurement, and provides an in-depth look at the range of measuring instruments available to the end-user. International Color Consortium (ICC) profiles are discussed in great detail and procedures for profiling scanners, digital cameras, computer monitors, inkjet printers, and printing presses are thoroughly describedmaking this book the definitive guide to color management. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Understanding Color Management
The title "Understanding Color Management" is a very appropriate. The list of books and papers on colour management is getting quite long by now, but this is in my view the first one to be really thorough, clear and in depth.

Looking at mr Sharmas background you'll understand why. Abhay Sharma is an ex Crosfield man (todayday part of Fujifilm Electronics). The practical "hands on" experience with Fujifilm's colour management R&D team shines through in all chapters of the book.

The layout of the book is quite conventional, going from the fundamentals of colour theory to more in depth discussions. What is different is the clarity in each chapter, and the depth in wich mr Sharma explains the issues.

While getting and reading "Understanding Color Management" by Abhay Sharma is wholehartedly recommended by me, there are some few areas where I still wish for more clarification or help. One is on the matter of how to correctly calibrate and use the monitor. Abhay concludes, like many other, that using a whitepoint of 5000 K (D50) often results in a "dull image". Yes it does, using a faulty calibration tool like the Apple buildt in monitor color calibration, as well as trying some of the commercial software using measuring devices. The trick is to achieve correct luminance at 5000 K, typhically around 100 cd/m2, as recommended in the ISO 12646 standard (refered to in the book). Many software adjust the whitepoint in the last stage of the calibration process by reducing the power of the blue channel, resulting in a too low luminance (brightness) of the monitor. The ambient lighting condition also effect the appearence of the monitor. A too bright illuminated room prevent the monitor from accurately rendering the colours. Unfortunately the recommended very low ambient light of 32 lux is not mentioned by Sharma.

But all in all it's a very, very good book on a quite complex and "difficult" subject.

/Paul Lindstrom, Malmo University and Digital Dots ... Read more

102. DVD Demystified
by JimTaylor
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Catlog: Book (2000-12-22)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
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Average Customer Review: 4.08 out of 5 stars
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"…without doubt the definitive reference book on DVD.”*

DVD is the all-in-one storage technology that is altering the landscape of home entertainment, professional video, business communications, and multimedia computing. Now is the time to learn about DVD and how to use it to its best advantage. In DVD Demystified, Second Edition, industry insider Jim Taylor paints a full, up-to-date DVD picture with a friendly technical introduction. You MUST read it if you’re a multimedia developer, work with educational technology or industrial training, if you’re a filmmaker or musician – or simply want to understand this fascinating technology with potentially huge worldwide impact.

"This is not merely ‘a’ good book to help you make sense of DVD, it is ‘the’ book that you will return to over and over as you explore and come to understand this exciting new optical media format." -- Geoffrey Tully, Multimedia Technology Consultant; former Senior VP of Production, Divx Entertainment

“As one of the DVD industry’s leading experts, Jim Taylor covers every aspect of DVD."-- Ralph LaBarge, Managing Partner, Alpha DVD

DVD contains: Hybrid DVD-Video/DVD-ROM has samples from Broadcast DVD, Dolby, THX, DTS, Joe Kane Productions, Widescreen Review, and others, plus test images, WebDVD HTML files, spreadsheets, and more ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The single best resource for DVD production...
For anyone who is a professional or serious about producing professional quality DVD, this book is an absolute "must have". Jim has managed to take a _very_ difficult subject and make the technical details of the specification understandable. I frequently train people in DVD production for feature films, and I use this book as my text. By most in the "business", this is considered to be "The Bible" and Jim is considered to be one of the most authoritative "voices" we have. And the accompanying DVD is a valuable addition, with excellent examples of what the spec is capable of.

My absolute highest recommendation!

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is insane... seems to have every minute detail about the DVD format. There is a history of photography through moving pictures to film and television into recording and finally DVDs. Full technical information on how DVD functions and was created, comparisons of the DVD format to every other popular format of recorded video, even examples of how to hook up a DVD player are included. DVD Demystified is a 700 page book, and obviously it will take a while to go through, but so far the 100 odd pages I've read are brilliant for defining DVD technology, and the rest of the book which I have flipped through appears to go in depth to an absolute degree. If you need a bible for the DVD format, get this book. I haven't stopped marveling at the anal ability of the author to compile this information.

..this book may not exactly be a shining victor. Don't mean to crash the party, the book indeed does its job remarkably well and for those who prefer their information packed and printed into one huggable volume, this is perhaps the best there is.

But the first question that people like me ask is "What can I find here that I cannot find for FREE on the net?" And the answer to that is, unfortunately, not much because a lot of this info is accessible elsewhere. Even if you search for the words "DVD demystified" it turns up a whole slew of immediately relevant websites (on almost all search engines).

That said, it is a fantastic book that doesn't gloat over the merits of DVD versus older discs, or the engineering nitty gritty of the whole format. If you are looking for practical advice for getting busy with your DVD-R/W, and are lazy (or busy) enough to want a book for it, then this is great bang for your buck. For the rest of us there is always a search engine.

5-0 out of 5 stars well written comprehensive, detailed
This book is well written, well edited, comprehensive, and as full of details as it can be without being a copy of the specifications. I highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars DVD Demystified - the industry insider's bible
DVD authoring pros and interested beginners as well use DVD Demystified as their handbook to the "DVD standard". True industry insiders pay ten thousand dollars to join the DVD Forum to get a copy of the "real" standard plus thousands more for each extension. In DVD Demystified, Jim Taylor not only reveals the important parts of the spec but also helps you to understand where it came from and, as best can be explained, why it is the way it is.

In addition to the valuable book, an included DVD has some very valuable examples of nearly every trick that can be done on a DVD-Video with ROM and web extensions. It is used as a standard in the industry to study some of the finer details. The author's website which carries the title's name-dot-com is a continually updated resource and is simply the most up-to-date available on the industry.

As a DVD author myself and full-time multimedia worker since before the word was coined, I still refer to sections of this work on a frequent basis. I'm willing to wager that almost every one of the members of the DVD Forum who have access to the multi-thousand dollar spec books also have a well-worn copy of DVD Demystified at their desk.

If you want to do anything beyond the most casual creation of DVD's for home, you should own a copy of this book. ... Read more

103. Digital Picture Processing : Volume 1 (Computer Science and Applied Mathematics)
by Azriel Rosenfeld, Azriel Rosefeld, Avinash C. Kak, A. C. Kak
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Catlog: Book (1982-07-28)
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
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The rapid rate at which the field of digital picture processing has grown in the past five years had necessitated extensive revisions and the introduction of topics not found in the original edition. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A classic of image processing!
This is a historic book which helped define the field of image processing. It has clarity and it presents the basic issues in a superb manner. Although it is somewhat dated now, it will still be useful to those who wish to look at the historical development of the field. ... Read more

104. Modern Digital Halftoning
by Daniel L. Lau, Gonzalo R. Arce
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Catlog: Book (2001-05-15)
Publisher: Marcel Dekker
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars the ultimate source for stochastic halftoning researchers
This book is an excellent source of information regarding stochastic halftoning. No book comes close to reviewing such a broad array of halftoning algorithms and statistical models. It is clearly within the top three of all technical books on halftoning. ... Read more

105. Implementing 802.11, 802.16, and 802.20 Wireless Networks : Planning, Troubleshooting, and Operations (Communications Engineering)
by Ron Olexa
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Catlog: Book (2004-07-16)
Publisher: Newnes
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This book describes how to plan, implement, and troubleshoot wi-fi network systems using all standards-the widely used 802.11 family and the new 802.16 and 20-for public, industrial, and commercial applications, such as waiting areas, conference rooms, libraries, offices, public spaces such as coffeehouses, etc. This is not a "home networking" or "personal wi-fi" guide, but instead a book aimed people who need (for example) to implement a wi-fi network.

*covers the widely used 802.11 family, as well as the new 802.16 and 802.20 standards

*focuses on big commercial network implementations, such as in public buildings and businesses

*author has over 25 years of experience with cellular systems and wireless networks
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106. GSM, GPRS and EDGE Performance : Evolution Towards 3G/UMTS
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Catlog: Book (2003-11-14)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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GSM, GPRS and EDGE Performance - Second Edition provides a complete overview of the entire GSM system. GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) is the digital transmission technique widely adopted in Europe and supported in North America.  It features comprehensive descriptions of GSM’s main evolutionary milestones - GPRS, (General Packet Radio Services) is a packet-based wireless communication service that promises data rates from 56 up to 114 Kbps and continuous connection to the Internet for mobile phone and computer users. AMR and EDGE (Enhanced Data GSM Environment), and such developments have now positioned GERAN (GSM/EDGE Radio Access Network) as a full 3G radio standard.  The radio network performance and capabilities of GSM, GPRS, AMR and EDGE solutions are studied in-depth by using revealing simulations and field trials.

Cellular operators must now roll out new 3G technologies capable of delivering wireless Internet based multimedia services in a competitive and cost-effective way and this volume, divided into three parts, helps to explain how:

1. Provides an introduction to the complete evolution of GSM towards a radio access network that efficiently supports UMTS services (GERAN).

2. Features a comprehensive study of system performance with simulations and field trials. Covers all the major features such as basic GSM, GPRS, EDGE and AMR and the full capability of the GERAN radio interface for 3G service support is envisaged.

3. Discusses different 3G radio technologies and the position of GERAN within such technologies. 

Featuring fully revised and updated chapters throughout, the second edition contains  90 pages of new material and features the following new sections, enabling this reference to remain as a leading text in the area:

  • Expanded material on GPRS
  • Includes IMS architecture (Rel’5) and GERAN (Rel’6) features
  • Presents field trial results for AMR and narrowband 
  • Provides EGPRS deployment guidelines
  • Features a new chapter on Service Performance

An invaluable reference for Engineering Professionals, Research and Development Engineers, Business Development Managers, Technical Managers and Technical Specialists working for cellular operators
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
All my CDMA Engineers really like this book

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a very good and serious book.
I don't agree with the previous reviewer. It is a serious book with wealth of information and it is not a marketing info book. It covers GSM basics, detailed GPRS and EDGE information and an intro on 3G technologies. GPRS and EDGE chapters particularly good and contain a lot of simulation results also. Warmly recommended.

2-0 out of 5 stars Marketing information
Not a very interesting book. Reading it is like reading pure marketing material from Nokia.

5-0 out of 5 stars Required reading
I cannot recommend this book enough. We have several copies in our company library, all of which are out. Permanently. Today, when requested to return a copy I had, I learned a new BCCH optimisation technique while reading a page in the elevator to the library....
Go get it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely usefull hanbook about GSM evolution
The book describes the technology evolution of GSM. It contains trial and simulation results that are very usefull for understanding the technology capabilitites. It is by far the best book about GSM and GPRS technologies I have seen. It is also highly recomendable for anybody working in the mobile telecommunication bussiness, due to its practical approach. ... Read more

107. Handbook of Image and Video Processing
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Asin: 0121197905
Catlog: Book (2000-05-31)
Publisher: Academic Press
Sales Rank: 245354
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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The Handbook of Image and Video Processing contains a comprehensive and highly accessible presentation of all essential mathematics, techniques, and algorithms for every type of image and video processing used by scientists and engineers. The timely volume will provide both the novice and the seasoned practitioner with the necessary information and skills to be able to develop algorithms and applications for multimedia, digital imaging, digital video, telecommunications, and World Wide Web industries.
Handbook of Image and Video Processing will also serve as a textbook for courses such as digital image processing, digital image analysis, digital video, video communications, multimedia, and biomedical image processing in the departments of electrical and computer engineering and computer science.

* No other resource contains the same breadth of up-to-date coverage
* Contains over 100 example algorithm illustrations
* Contains a series of extremely accessible tutorial chapters
* Indispensible for researchers in telecommunications, internet applications, multimedia, and nearly every branch of science
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5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book !
This book is just GREAT.
It covers almost every single ascpect of image and video processing. Everything is in deep and very good explained. A lot of before-and-after example pictures (important ones in color) are provided too. But beware. You need a fairly good understanding of math to read the book. It is not intended to explain how to use Photoshop, but rather how to write your own ;-)
This book is not a read-along book. Sometimes you have to read a section 2 or 3 times to understand it.
I think sometimes a good Snippet of C-Code would help to understand, but this is acceptable.
Again: A outstanding book, which fully covers all my needs.
The price of 100 us$ is ok, because it's a lot of a book...

5-0 out of 5 stars premier organization
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4-0 out of 5 stars Image Processing for the mathematically inclined
This is an encyclopedia of image processing topics. It contains some introductory material to help people understand what images are and how to process them. The majority of the text, however, is for experienced people wanting to look up topics.

This book is big. It is about 8"x11" by 900 pages. It contains material from 100 different professionals on 50 different topics.

The style is academic. The editor is the editor of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing. The page style is similar to what you would see in an IEEE Transaction.

There is plenty of math. The text explains the mathematics, but not to the depth I would like to see.

The authors illustrate the techniques with many images. If there are no "before and after" images in an image processing book, reject it. Well, this book has plenty of images. That is a strong point.

A week point is there is no source code illustrating the techniques and algorithms. I find this a major weakness, but one that is not unique to this book.

The authors leave much to the reader. This is not a read from cover to cover book. The reader must go slow, take notes, study, and read again to understand the material.

All in all, this is a good source of knowledge on image processing. If you work with images and write software to process images, you should have this book on your desk.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent journal-quality round-up
This is a very nice reference work for image processing professionals. It is a collection of articles by various experts in aspects of image processing, reporting on the state-of-the-art in their particular domains. The coverage is broad and deep. However, it is not for everyone. The writing style is that of a refereed journal. If you are not comfortable with that style of exposition, or if you are simply trying to find a snippet of code to implement a particular algorithm, this is not the book for you. At the other extreme, do not expect to find new and startling insights into the field that you did your dissertation on. However, if you want to understand the current state of the art of a colleague's field, or if you need to expand your expertise into a new area of image processing, this is a very good place to start.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!!!
I bought and received this book about a month ago. I had been using the Gonzalez book for quite some time. It's quite poor compared to this book. This handbook is so accessible and complete, it's all I'm using in my work now. It's very much like a textbook and handbook and how-to book all rolled in one. I work for Microsoft in the digital video area and I'm using it daily. Kudos!! ... Read more

108. Signals, Systems, and Transforms (3rd Edition)
by Charles L. Phillips, John M. Parr, Eve A. Riskin
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Catlog: Book (2002-09-19)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 178094
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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A clear, comprehensive presentation of both the theory and applications in signals, systems, and transforms, this book presents the mathematical background of signals and systems in relation to practical theory. Well-written and well-organized, it contains many examples and problems for reinforcement of the concepts presented. This book presents the mathematical background of signals and systems, including the Fourier transform, the Fourier series, the Laplace transform, the discrete-time and the discrete Fourier transforms, and the z-transform. For electrical and computer engineers.

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1-0 out of 5 stars Just go light $119 on fire...
...and save yourself the grief of trying to learn anything from this book. This is the required text in one of my EE courses and I haven't found a single redeeming quality in it yet.

The material is not presented in a very concise manner I typically spend a great deal of time filtering through the chapters to find the important details. Most of the time I have to go to a text from one of my other courses to find what I am looking for.

The examples are few and not helpful in working the exercises at the end of the chapters.

Any good text on circuit analysis which covers the Fourier and Laplace transforms and their applications would be more useful.

1-0 out of 5 stars One of the worst written college books ever.
Having had to suffer through 1 semester of this book, I was horrified to learn that my school had decided to keep this book for the second semester of signals!This is book would be much better as a hyperlinked document, because the author continuously references other chapters and formula #'s.His examples are confusing, and leave you wondering what you are looking for.A visist to the book's website leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth.Honestly, if you need this book, find another book to use as a reference because you will need it.

5-0 out of 5 stars HELPED ME A LOT
I used this book as an extra study aid for my course. I only used this book to study one concept -- transformations of singularity functions in continuous time. I really didnt need this book for anything else. But based on what I learned in this book it helped me a lot. I didn't go into deep details of this book.

2-0 out of 5 stars Good for someone who already knows the subject !
I bought this book when I and almost the class (very bad teacher gave bad problems) failed the "Signals and Systems" exam , and now I'm thinking from the point of view of someone who knows nothing (actualy I had passed the exam).

The introduction is good presented with enough explanation,but from the moment it reach "Convolution" you will not understand what you have red.The text is poor in explanation but it doesn't disorient you (you will not understand something else,but you will feel empty).The graphs are poor in number and everytime poorly explained.I think the author tried to write as few pages as possible even if he have had to sacrifice the entire content.When reading,it feels as it is compressed (you will not see things twice and some new things are introduced between the lines not leting enough space to be seen).So this edition is doomed and you will have no hope to understand if you want to move quickly (there is a lot of woork).Reguarding being a reference,I think ... it is (I have liked that keywords,formulas and other keythings to be marked in a conventional manner so that I can find them quickly when I'm looking behind).Now I'm looking forward to buy "B. P. Lathi's" book "Linear Signals and Systems" which I hope will be better.

Why I bought this book ? Because the site from which I bought it,hasn't had a "REVIEW" for it.So I realize how important is for us to write reviews.It's about quality that we all want !

1-0 out of 5 stars Required reading in HELL.
This book is evil.I mean evil in the Biblical sense.Think Dante's Inferno and the innermost circle of hell.Actually, being frozen in a lake or forced to eat excrement seem rather pleasant compared to the twisted, nonsensical passages in this book.Perhaps I would have liked the book better if it had been written in Farsi.I don't understand Farsi either, but at least then it would have had an excuse.

The book is poorly worded.Examples are not fully worked, and make critical assumptions between steps that are neither documented nor explained.The homework problems bare as much semblance to the text as I bare to Tommy Lee or a large piece of office furniture.Sections of the book are not in chronological order, meaning that critical information for understanding a section is often several more sections ahead.

If you have to buy this text, I strongly recommend purchasing the Shaums (sp?) Outlines on Fourier Transforms, which is concisely written and has several well documented examples.I encourage you to keep this book in the bathroom as an alternate source of material should you run out of toilet paper.At least then, you may get some use out of it. ... Read more

109. Handbook of Research for Educational Communications and Technology: A Project of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology
by David H. Jonassen
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110. Modern Electronic Communication (7th Edition)
by Gary M. Miller, Jeffrey S. Beasley
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Asin: 0130167622
Catlog: Book (2001-04-17)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Too dense in a too small package
Some of the hardest and most complex circuits and schematics are not explained at all. Only the simplest things seem easy to understand. The author never demonstrates the equations or where they come from. The author assumes that the reader is a working engineer of technician that needs this book to remember the basics of communication electronics. Definitely not a recommended book to support an introductory course to communications.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent For High Level Info
This book is likely not suited as a good text for a college-level communications course, however, I feel it is excellent as a reference for Modern Electronic Communication systems. It gives the reader a good basic overview of many, many communication systems without overwhelming the reader with too many details.

4-0 out of 5 stars I disagree with the two previous "critics"
I believe the mistake that many schools make is using this book too soon with students, and that is why they are confused and complain that this is not for students of "basic" electronic communication. My school did not offer it until the 8th quarter (2 years after start date), so by then the students are be well-instructed in the subject-matter that is required to be known when you study from this book. Also, our instructors are well-educated on the subject, and have no problem explaining any area that the students find confusing.

1-0 out of 5 stars Very disorganized and confusing to someone new to this field
This book is written in a manner that assumes prior experiance in this field. The communications teacher who teaches out of this text has a hard time relating subject matter to the format of the book. Almost none of the formula's are worked out and related to subject material. A paragraph of text on one page will talk about a diagram on another page,a formula on yet another page and refer to a future subject, not yet discussed but brought up. The text also talks in constant acronyms and field jargan,making it difficult to get through a paragraph without cross-referencing.I only rate this book 1 star because zero wasn't an option.

1-0 out of 5 stars Confusing, vague, and does not clearly establish foundations
The worst electronics book I have ever read. The author assumes and does not establish a firm foundation in which most calculations are made or where constants or formulas are derived from. The book presents some of the material in simple plain english that almost anybody could understand then suddenly skips into a realm in which a person without prior knowledge of the subject is likely to get lost and frustrated. I wish that the school I am attending did not offer this book. I would rather have my money back and purchase a book that really is "student friendly." This book does not incorporate the fundamentals of electronics into the world of communications. The book is full of assumptions that the student knows what,where, how, why and when to use formulas. In addition, the lab supplement is equally confusing and vague. The labs seem to have no overall direction and purpose. They are not laid out in an easy to follow fashion. This book might be better suited for someone who already has had a course in modern electronic communication and is using this book for review/refresher or a study guide. This is NOT a good book for BASIC ELECTRONIC STUDENTS trying to learn modern electronic communication. ... Read more

111. Home Theater Design: Planning and Decorating Media-Savvy Interiors
by Krissy Rushing
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Catlog: Book (2004-03-01)
Publisher: Quarry Books
Sales Rank: 16607
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The world of home entertainment is changing rapidly, and consumers have a wide range of options. This book will guide readers through all the aspects of creating a beautiful and comfortable home theatre that elegantly takes advantage of media-related emerging technologies and furnishings.

Starting with a "whole interior" approach to home entertaining, the book takes readers step by step through an examination of current technology, space planning, acoustics, functionality, lifestyle, and overall aesthetics with the goal of planning and designing an entertainment system that's right for you. All types of spaces are addressed, from small urban apartments to spacious, multipurpose living areas to full-blown dedicated theatre spaces. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Best reference guide for home theaters on the market
This was a great resource for me and my wife's new house. We just bought a home in the Palisades and didn't have a clue how to convert an old den downstairs into a home theater/media room. This book walks you through the steps in a really easy to understand fashion. So when it came to hiring the people to install the system and design it, I actually knew what I was talking about and could direct the action!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great A/V Guide
This book is an excellent recourse for anybody trying to integrate a/v elements to their home. It helped me turn my 1906 craftsman bungalow into an a/v wonderland. ... Read more

112. Ethics and Technology: Ethical Issues in an Age of Information and Communication Technology
by Herman T.Tavani, Herman Tavani
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Catlog: Book (2003-06-03)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A really interesting little-ish book
This book was on the prescribed text list for the masters I am doing (Master of Informaiton Technology) and I must say I was pleasantly surprised to read it. Being a technical (engineer) person, it's a generalized opinion that this group (enclave?) we like mathematics, science and engineering books, but not so called 'arty farty' stuff like philosophy. Speaking for me personally, isn't far from the truth...So I thought...groan, not another one of these idealistic, pointless, ultimately altruistic and futile failures to read. Indeed not! I actually enjoyed reading it! (shock-horror). Tavani uses the ploy of relating his ideas to real-life situations (stalking, cracking, etc). This lends the book a serious air of legitimacy. The ivory tower is nowehere in sight (site? pun intended). He doesn't lecture at you like you're a poor, misguided computer geek who could never possibly understand human processes as well as some of his brethen would have you believe (note to pretentious philosophers: we engineer because we are REALLY smart! Not philsophize because we can't do science or mathematics).

Back to the point: the book builds form the point of view that you have never been exposed to ethics. You get a grounding in ethical theories and then move on to learning how to evaluate ethical issues (kind like logic in mathematics without the symbols). He talks about codes of practice and your moral responsibility as a somebody who works, creates or manages a little corner of cyberspace (tell me that word isn't getting done to death like that other hoary old chestnut: 'the information superhighway' *cringe*). It is at this point that the book leaps forward into relevant (if somewhat shallow treatment) of the major issues ike privacy, piracy, crime, security,freedom of speech and equity. These are also posited through scenarios and then the ethics involved are developed through direct discussion of these scenarios. And as I alluded to previously, these give the book an excellent 'hook'. They make the theory real and relevant and rather interesting (and sometimes tragic: you'll see what I mean when you read the first scenario involving a teenage girl stalked thorugh the net and ultimately murdered in realty).

This is a provocative book, but in a subdued, subtle way. The author doesn't speed feed you heaped spoonsfuls of moral outrage with lashings of indignant pontification, just ideas (and these are ever so valuable) in a considered manner. I think the author has really succeeded here. If he can make a totally 'technical' person like me actually enthusiastic about reading it, then that's truly indicative of the book's quality.

The price may be a little high for what is a pretty thin book in a physical sense. Ideaswise it is quite rich, so that's the price you pay (it this ethical? ideas are only available to those who can affort it! Ah the dream of the WWW seemingly has been lost!...only kidding!)

All in all a good book! Thumbs up! ... Read more

113. PBX Systems for IP Telephony
by AllanSulkin, Allan Sulkin
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Catlog: Book (2002-04-24)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
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5-0 out of 5 stars Senior Manager, Industry Analyst Relations
Today it is very hard to find an individual who can take off, fly, and land the IP, IP PBX, and PBX plane. Most so called Telephony experts can only do one, two at best. ... Read more

114. Understanding Ultra Wide Band Radio Fundamentals
by Di Benedetto & Giancola
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Catlog: Book (2004-06-17)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
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115. Ad Hoc Wireless Networks : Architectures and Protocols (Prentice Hall Communications Engineering and Emerging Techno)
by C. Siva Ram Murthy, B.S. Manoj
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116. Ethernet-Based Metro Area Networks
by DanielMinoli, PeterJohnson, EmmaMinoli, Daniel Minoli, Peter Johnson
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Catlog: Book (2002-01-01)
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Suddenly the action in telecom is on the local segment of the carrier network--the Metropolitan Area Network (MAN).The big challenge in 2002 and beyond will be to re-architect MANs for broadband services and hee is the perfect resource for assessing the technology options in terms of next-generation platforms, products, and business models.This book will help service providers answer questions such as "SONET or Ethernet?", and "ATM or point-to-point?"

* Sorts out the options and reviews each likely solution against application requirements
* Discusses complicated issues such as municipal-owned infrastructure
* First book to review all emerging metro protocols and their interactions
* Offers design approaches and business models for real-world deployments ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars On the fence
This is a good book. It provides a solid foundation for questioning the way in which MANs are constructed today. The problem with the book is the author takes a confusing stance on the subject of constructing pure Ethernet networks within the MAN. At points, you will feel as though the author isn't sure himself that this is the best solution for providing a robust solution. But still a very good read. When I first picked it up, I couldn't put it down. But I kept expecting something that never did manifest. This book needed to provide more detail in terms of the actual construction,and less on the comparison between legacy TDM and Ethernet. Very much worth reading though. ... Read more

117. Adaptive Blind Signal and Image Processing
by AndrzejCichocki, Shun-ichiAmari
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Catlog: Book (2002-06-15)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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With solid theoretical foundations and numerous potential applications, Blind Signal Processing (BSP) is one of the hottest emerging areas in Signal Processing. This volume unifies and extends the theories of adaptive blind signal and image processing and provides practical and efficient algorithms for blind source separation,
Independent, Principal, Minor Component Analysis, and Multichannel Blind Deconvolution (MBD) and Equalization. Containing over 1400 references and mathematical expressions Adaptive Blind Signal and Image Processing delivers an unprecedented collection of useful techniques for adaptive blind signal/image separation, extraction, decomposition and filtering of multi-variable signals and data.
* Offers a broad coverage of blind signal processing techniques and algorithms both from a theoretical and practical point of view
* Presents more than 50 simple algorithms that can be easily modified to suit the reader's specific real world problems
* Provides a guide to fundamental mathematics of multi-input, multi-output and multi-sensory systems
* Includes illustrative worked examples, computer simulations, tables, detailed graphs and conceptual models within self contained chapters to assist self study
* Accompanying CD-ROM features an electronic, interactive version of the book with fully coloured figures and text. C and MATLAB(r) user-friendly software packages are also provided
MATLAB(r) is a registered trademark of The MathWorks, Inc.
By providing a detailed introduction to BSP, as well as presenting new results and recent developments, this informative and inspiring work will appeal to researchers, postgraduate students, engineers and scientists working in biomedical engineering,
communications, electronics, computer science, optimisations, finance, geophysics and neural networks.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Useful Book
Never before has such a large array of methods and algorithms for blind source
separation and independent component analysis (ICA) been put together
with such a coherent analysis.
The attached CD-ROM contains : MATLAB software and beautiful
interactive version of electronic book in pdf format
with with very illustrative fully colored figures and graphs.

Blind Signal and Image Processing is an exciting and emerging research topic in fields such
biomedical signal/image processing, advanced statistics, unsupervised adaptive filtering
and neural networks with solid theoretical foundations and many real world applications.
This book is practical and reference guide to wide spectrum of blind signal processing problems
including Independent Component Analysis (ICA), blind source separation (BSS),
blind recovery, blind signal extraction (BSE) and multi-channel blind deconvolution with
channel blind equalization (MBD/E).
The new corrected and fully revised edition (June 2003) consists of several revised features
and developments.
In my opinion, the most important features of the book include:
* Independent component analysis using various criteria, models and higher order statistics techniques

* Multistage robust blind separation of colored sources using second order statistics

* Robust blind decorrelation, whitening and orthogonalization

* Adaptive and information theoretic approaches to multi-channel blind deconvolution with channel blind equalization

* Natural gradient, Stiefel manifolds and Lie group approaches

* Extended total and data least squares problems (ETLS/DLS)

* Sparse representation of signals, constrained matrix factorization and minimum p-norm problems

* MATLAB packages illustrating performance of a large number of ICA/BSS algorithms both for signals and colored images. ... Read more

118. Enterprise JMS Programming
by Shaun Terry
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Catlog: Book (2002-02-01)
Publisher: Wiley
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Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Enterprise JMS Programming can put enterprise-level development with the Java Message Service into the hands of any capable Java developer. This book successfully mixes a tutorial to the JMS API itself and a discussion of the "big picture" concepts you need to know to architect large systems that use messaging effectively.

What distinguishes this title is the clear-as-crystal perspective on what messaging is and how to implement various messaging architectures. This book is far from just a listing of JMS APIs. The author outlines basic messaging concepts, including synchronous and asynchronous processing, plus the publish/subscribe and point-to-point models of message distribution. Early working code examples show off basic message operations (like sending and receiving messages). Then it's on to a nicely packaged demo of using a message-driven bean from Enterprise JavaBeans 2.0. A notable section looks at the various available JMS message types (and when and how to use them).

The book then covers larger concepts like transactions and security in JMS and the issues that you'll need to consider when designing secure and reliable enterprise messaging systems. The author looks at ways to make sure your messaging code is as fast and reliable as it can be. (He walks the reader through scenarios in which message queues can fill up, and in one good example, shows how orders for an online store build up in the queue in one business day.) A discussion of administration tasks is followed by real advice and screen shots using BEA WebLogic Application Server 6.1, a popular choice for J2EE/JMS deployment.

Final chapters really excel at guiding the user in designing JMS applications by providing hypothetical case studies for no less than four separate scenarios. Using intranet, extranet, and high-volume Internet systems, these examples and the designs outlined here will ensure that you can correctly apply JMS to a wide variety of enterprise-class problems. A final listing of all JMS APIs rounds out this book.

Overall, Enterprise JMS Programming sets a high standard for any programming text with its stellar presentation style and clear code examples, which provide the best of theory backed up with practical advice. It's sure to be an extremely worthwhile resource for any developer facing a JMS project. --Richard Dragan

Topics covered: Overview and history of the Java Message Service (JMS); guidelines for choosing JMS; types of messages (including text, byte, object, and map messages); message properties explained; constructing and sending messages (illustrated with a variety of message types); receiving messages synchronously and asynchronously; publish/subscribe and point-to-point messaging basics; tutorial for message-driven beans in Enterprise JavaBeans 2.0; understanding and using JMS transactions; security concepts in JMS; tips for maximizing JMS performance (including factors that affect performance, optimized code, and benchmarking); JMS administration (illustrated with BEA WebLogic Application Server 6.1); sample case studies illustrating JMS architectures: a sample real-time financial trading system, a workflow system, a high-volume extranet application for branch offices (for loan applications), and high-volume order-taking systems (for three onlinee-commerce sites); and a reference listing all JMS classes and APIs. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best JMS book I've read
I have used JMS for about 2.5 years before I bought this book.
There wasn't many books writing about JMS the first time I used JMS back in 2000.
This book has a solid coverage of JMS and give you advice in designing an enterprise application using JMS.
You can find samples of administration tasks for JMS Product from BEA Weblogic and iPlanet Message Queue.
The only thing that I missed is the coverage of IBM MQ, which is the messaging infrastructure that I use.

If you want to get a good understanding on designing JMS application, don't look further, buy this book, you won't regret your investment

4-0 out of 5 stars Generally excellent, but not consistent.
I bought this as I needed a JMS reference that went beyond the spec and talked about design, deployment and management of JMS infrastructure. I was very impressed with everything I read until I dipped into Chapter 13 - specifically the four pages on improving client-side throughput through internal queueing. While this is an excellent idea, the example shows how to build a complicated and threading-heavy internal queue and dispatching mechanism and recommends that you use it to, er, put events onto the Swing event dispatcher's internal queue. Hmm.

The book (commendably) sets out to give a full picture of how to design, build, deploy, secure, and manage a JMS-based messaging architecture. This means, however, that it's very noticeable when a topic is skimmed over. For example, the section on bridging two different vendors' JMS implementations has two pages of simple code and less than one page of discussion that fails to consider administration, security, or performance, despite the normally good coverage of these areas elsewhere.

Nevertheless, I was mostly impressed with this book - it's just a pity that the high standards it sets itself aren't met consistently throughout the book. A second edition that discussed the example architectures in Part III in detail would be a truly excellent book, and would be relevant to all messaging products rather than just JMS.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great JMS book!
This book gave me real world examples, concepts and gotchas related to JMS. I found it very useful for understanding how to implement JMS with my J2EE application. It explained JMS in a fluid style that was easy to read.

This book goes beyond theory and explains how to use JMS in different situations.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent book!
Excellent book covering so many practical issues for JMS systems. The architectural insights were certainly useful for someone new to JMS.

The only complaint I have is the title - this books covers so much more than just Programming issues!

Well done Shaun.

5-0 out of 5 stars A practitioner's guide
Excellent guide for practitioners. Instead of regurgitating the JMS spec, Shaun focuses on architectural as well as design issues related to JMS. Shaun has distilled his wealth of knowledge on this subject developed through Java Center engagements in this book. Don't miss it. ... Read more

119. UMTS Signaling : UMTS Interfaces, Protocols, Message Flows and Procedures Analyzed and Explained
by RalfKreher, TorstenRuedebusch
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UMTS Signaling focuses on providing an overview and reference to UMTS UTRAN and Core networks. Details of the standards, the network architecture, objectives and functions of the different interfaces and protocols are described and the latest updates for Rel. 4, Rel. 5 and Rel. 6 features are included. Additionally it comprehensively describes various procedures from Node B Setup to different Handover types in the UTRAN and the Core Network. The focus on wireline interfaces is unique in the market. All signaling sequences are based upon UMTS traces from various UMTS networks (trial and commercial networks) around the world.

With this book you have access to the first universal UMTS protocol sequence reference, which allows you to quickly differentiate valid from invalid call control procedures. In addition all the main signaling stages are explained, many of which had been left unclear in the standards and valuable tips for protocol monitoring are provided.

UMTS Signalling gives you:

  • An in-depth description of the tasks and functions of
    • UMTS interfaces
    • UMTS protocols
  • Potential to analyze specific protocol messages
  • Support to reduce time and effort to detect and analyze problems
  • Explanations of how to locate problems in the network
  • Tips and tricks for practical interface monitoring

A valuable resource for Network operators and equipment manufacturers: engineers, technicians, network planners, developers, researchers, designers, testing personnel and project managers. ... Read more

120. Algorithms for Statistical Signal Processing
by John G. Proakis, Charles M. Rader, Fuyun Ling, Marc Moonen, Ian K. Proudler, Chrysostomos L. Nikias
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Catlog: Book (2002-01-15)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Keeping pace with the expanding, ever more complex applications of DSP, this authoritative presentation of computational algorithms for statistical signal processing focuses on advanced topics ignored by other books on the subject.Algorithms for Convolution and DFT. Linear Prediction and Optimum Linear Filters. Least-Squares Methods for System Modeling and Filter Design. Adaptive Filters.Recursive Least-Squares Algorithms for Array Signal Processing. QRD-Based Fast Adaptive Filter Algorithms. Power Spectrum Estimation. Signal Analysis with Higher-Order Spectra.For Electrical Engineers, Computer Engineers, Computer Scientists, and Applied Mathematicians. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent book in Advance DSP
This book is a must for any one who wants to read about Advance topics in DSP. Very informative book. It is a book of Proakis.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent content, average presentation
The high point of this book is an extensive collection of algorithms and an excellent set of references for further research. Each topic is dealt with in an orderly fashion so that the simple (and usually chronologically earlier) proposals in an area appear first, followed by more complex efficient algorithms.

I have been through the first six (of the total nine) chapters in good detail. The chapters on FFT (1 and 2) and Linear prediction (chapter 3) are well done and serve as an excellent platform to get into the subject. The material is easily implemented in MATLAB using the description in the chapters.

Chapter 4 presents a detailed introduction to least-squares algorithms with a pretty good theoretical treatment. The material presented motivates the merits of least-squares approaches and lays out the various numerical approaches to solving such problems in practice. Chapter 5 and 6 follow up on this introduction to present the specific algorithms for Recursive Least-squares, Lattice-ladder algorithms, stabilized fast RLS etc.

The book gets only 4-stars because of problems with presentation. In the chapters 4,5,6 there is an inconsistency in the symbols used. The symbols used are also not readily related to the quantities they are supposed to represent. Instead of repeating a simple equation, the book often refers to equation numbers in some other part of the chapter or sometimes in other chapters. In some sections algorithms and alternative strategies just appear one after another without a good "big-picture". A flow-chart or some kind of a schematic to help classify the various techniques would enhance the utility of this book manifold (e.g., see "Fundamentals of Statistical Signal Processing" by Steven M. Kay).

Overall, I recommend this book as a very useful starting point for anyone (with a basic DSP background) interested in implementing statistical signal processing algorithms. It is also an excellent survey of existing literature. ... Read more

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