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The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons...
by Niall Ferguson

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English

Pages

585

Publication Date

January 16, 2018

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<b>The instant <i>New York Times </i>bestseller. <br /><br />A brilliant recasting of the turning points in world history, including the one we're living through, as a collision between old power hierarchies and new social networks.<br /><br />“Captivating and compelling.” —<i>The </i><b><i>New York Times</i><br /><br />"Niall Ferguson has again written a brilliant book...In 400 pages you will have restocked your mind. Do it." <i>—The </i><b><i>Wall Street Journal</i></b></b><br /><br />“<i>The Square and the Tower,</i> in addition to being provocative history, may prove to be a bellwether work of the Internet Age.” —<b><i>Christian Science Monitor</i></b><br /></b><br />Most history is hierarchical: it's about emperors, presidents, prime ministers and field marshals. It's about states, armies and corporations. It's about orders from on high. Even history "from below" is often about trade unions and workers' parties. But what if that's simply because hierarchical institutions create the archives that historians rely on? What if we are missing the informal, less well documented social networks that are the true sources of power and drivers of change?<br /><br />The 21st century has been hailed as the Age of Networks. However, in <i>The Square and the Tower</i>, Niall Ferguson argues that networks have always been with us, from the structure of the brain to the food chain, from the family tree to freemasonry. Throughout history, hierarchies housed in high towers have claimed to rule, but often real power has resided in the networks in the town square below. For it is networks that tend to innovate. And it is through networks that revolutionary ideas can contagiously spread. Just because conspiracy theorists like to fantasize about such networks doesn't mean they are not real. <br /><br />From the cults of ancient Rome to the dynasties of the Renaissance, from the founding fathers to Facebook, <i>The Square and the Tower</i> tells the story of the rise, fall and rise of networks, and shows how network theory--concepts such as clustering, degrees of separation, weak ties, contagions and phase transitions--can transform our understanding of both the past and the present.<br /><br />Just as <i>The Ascent of Money</i> put Wall Street into historical perspective, so <i>The Square and the Tower</i> does the same for Silicon Valley. And it offers a bold prediction about which hierarchies will withstand this latest wave of network disruption--and which will be toppled.
CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Ninth Edition (Ex...
by Mike Meyers

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English

Pages

1508

Publication Date

January 07, 2016

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<h4>This bestselling on-the-job reference and test preparation guide has been fully revised for the new 2015 CompTIA exam objectives for exams 901 & 902</h4> <p>Written by the leading authority on CompTIA A+ certification and training, this self-study set has been thoroughly updated to cover 100% of the topics covered on the latest edition of the exam. New topics include managing and maintaining cellular devices, including tablets; configuring operating systems, including Windows 8, Android, and iOS; and enhanced, mobile-centered security and troubleshooting procedures. The <em>All-in-One Exam Guide</em> enables you to take the test with complete confidence. It also serves as a practical reference for IT support and technical personnel.</p> <p><strong>Bonus electronic content includes:</strong></p> <ul><li>Practice exams with hundreds of accurate questions</li> <li>More than an hour of video training featuring Mike Meyers</li> <li>Performance-based simulations that prepare you for the performance-based questions on the exam</li> <li>A collection of Mike's favorite free PC tools</li> </ul> <p><strong>Key Features include:</strong></p> <ul><li>Written with the “in the trenches” voice and clarity Mike Meyers is known for</li> <li>Features pre-assessment tests, exam tips, and “Try This!” sections to reinforce difficult topics</li> <li>Includes a coupon for 10% off of the exam fee, a $37 value</li> </ul>
Blockchain and the Law: The Rule of Code
by Primavera De Filippi De F...

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English

Pages

312

Publication Date

April 09, 2018

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Since Bitcoin appeared in 2009, the digital currency has been hailed as an Internet marvel and decried as the preferred transaction vehicle for all manner of criminals. It has left nearly everyone without a computer science degree confused: Just how do you “mine” money from ones and zeros?<br /><br />The answer lies in a technology called blockchain, which can be used for much more than Bitcoin. A general-purpose tool for creating secure, decentralized, peer-to-peer applications, blockchain technology has been compared to the Internet itself in both form and impact. Some have said this tool may change society as we know it. Blockchains are being used to create autonomous computer programs known as “smart contracts,” to expedite payments, to create financial instruments, to organize the exchange of data and information, and to facilitate interactions between humans and machines. The technology could affect governance itself, by supporting new organizational structures that promote more democratic and participatory decision making.<br /><br />Primavera De Filippi and Aaron Wright acknowledge this potential and urge the law to catch up. That is because disintermediation—a blockchain’s greatest asset—subverts critical regulation. By cutting out middlemen, such as large online operators and multinational corporations, blockchains run the risk of undermining the capacity of governmental authorities to supervise activities in banking, commerce, law, and other vital areas. De Filippi and Wright welcome the new possibilities inherent in blockchains. But as <i>Blockchain and the Law</i> makes clear, the technology cannot be harnessed productively without new rules and new approaches to legal thinking.
Cisco CCNA in 60 Days: Exam 100-105, Exam 200-105, Exam 200-125
by , Dario Barinic

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English

Pages

830

Publication Date

September 07, 2017

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AMAZON BESTSELLER<br /><br />Version 3 - Completely revised and updated for the new Cisco exams:<br /><br />200-125 CCNA<br />100-105 ICND1<br />200-105 ICND2<br /><br />This book has been used by thousands of Cisco students to study for their CCNA exams. Written by a CCNP and three CCIEs it's all you need to pass the new style exams.<br /><br />FREE SUPPORT<br /><br />The book is supported for free so just come over and register your copy to get free access to over $400 worth of videos, exams, cram guides - https://www.in60days.com/free/ccnain60days/<br /><br />ABOUT THE BOOK<br /><br />Do any of the following problems sound familiar to you?<br /><br />“I just don’t know where to start studying. I feel overwhelmed by the information.”<br /><br />“I’ve bought all the CBT-style videos and books, and have even been on a course, but I don’t feel ready to take the exam and I don’t know if I ever will.”<br /><br />“I’ve been studying for a long time now, but I haven’t booked the exam yet because I just don’t feel ready.”<br /><br />For every ten students who start out towards the CCNA qualification, nine quit. They don't quit because of laziness but because they became overwhelmed with information and didn't even know where to start. They sat down to study from one of the 'big name' manuals and half an hour later found themselves staring blankly at the same page. Can you imagine how frustrating that feels?<br /><br />You see, most authors throw you in at the deep end and expect you to get on with it. They forget that you have a full-time job, a long journey back home, family commitments and any number of challenges going on in your life. The last thing you have time for is to write out a detailed study plan with plenty of review sessions.<br /><br />If only somebody could tell you what to study each day, every day. If only you could open your study guide and see which bit of theory to read, which lab to do and which exam to take. You could then get on with the task of studying and getting that exam nailed.<br /><br />This is where Cisco CCNA in 60 Days comes in. Written in response to feedback from thousands of students using my online CCNA in 60 days program, my classroom courses and my other online Cisco training websites this book is the final piece in the studying puzzle.<br /><br />HOW IT WORKS<br /><br />Every day you read your theory module, you review yesterdays lesson, do a lab and then answer some review questions.<br /><br />The next day you do the same until you reach the review sessions where you cement all your knowledge with more labs and review as well as some practice exams. If that wasn't enough, you have a cram guide to read daily and an online Subnetting review site to really hone your subnetting skills.<br /><br />At the 30 day mark you can take your CCENT exam and move into your ICND2 study sessions or just take your CCNA exam at the end of 60 days. If you fall behind no problem, just pick up where you left off.<br /><br />Having a problem with motivation and distractions? No problem, just read the detailed goal setting guide to turbo boost your productivity and motivation.<br /><br />WHAT'S COVERED?<br /><br />Every subject Cisco want you to know for your exams is covered with labs, theory, exams, reviews and crams. From RIP to OSPF, from VLSM to CIDR, IPv4 to IPv6, STP to CDP. Every exam topic is covered in detail many times over.<br /><br />Just when you think you are ready you are hit with challenge labs and more exams to ensure you are more than ready for the tricky Cisco exams. There are over 60 hand-on labs in total to help you build your configuration skills and confidence.<br /><br />ABOUT THE AUTHORS<br /><br />Paul Browning used to work at Cisco TAC but left in 2002 to start his own Cisco training company. He has authored several Cisco manuals as well as created one of the biggest online Cisco training websites used by many thousands of students.<br /><br />Farai Tafa is a dual CCIE who consults for large blue chip companies in the USA. He is an expert in network design and installation as well as an acknowledged expert in voice and security.<br /><br />Daniel Gheorghe is a CCIE in Routing and Switching. <br />
macOS High Sierra: The Missing Manual: The book that should have ...
by David Pogue

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English

Pages

888

Publication Date

January 31, 2018

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<div><p>With High Sierra, Apple has taken its macOS operating system to new heights. From Apple’s efficient new file system to improved video streaming and support for virtual reality, this latest macOS version provides features improve your experience. And once again, David Pogue brings his humor and expertise to the #1 bestselling Mac book.</p><p>Whether you’re a developer or a home-user, this guide offers a wealth of detail on Apple’s macOS 10.13 operating system, this new edition covers everything High Sierra has to offer.</p><ul><li><b>Perfect for newcomers.</b> Get crystal-clear, jargon-free introductions to the best and brightest macOS apps, including Siri, Safari, iCloud, FaceTime, and AirDrop.</li><li><b>Get the whole picture.</b> Learn more efficient ways to navigate, organize, and edit your photos with new features in the Photos app.</li><li><b>Go in-depth.</b> Take advantage of Apple’s new graphics technology, and its support for virtual reality.<l><b>Gain real insight.</b> David Pogue doesn't just tell you how to use macOS features. You’ll also learn <i>why</i> to use them—and how to avoid common pitfalls.i</l></li></ul></div>
Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet
by Andrew Blum

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English

Pages

309

Publication Date

May 29, 2012

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<p>“Andrew Blum plunges into the unseen but real ether of the Internet in a journey both compelling and profound….You will never open an email in quite the same way again.”<br />—Tom Vanderbilt, <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author of <em>Traffic</em></p><p>In <em>Tubes</em>, Andrew Blum, a correspondent at <em>Wired</em> magazine, takes us on an engaging, utterly fascinating tour behind the scenes of our everyday lives and reveals the dark beating heart of the Internet itself. A remarkable journey through the brave new technological world we live in, <em>Tubes</em> is to the early twenty-first century what <em>Soul of a New Machine</em>—Tracy Kidder’s classic story of the creation of a new computer—was to the late twentieth.<br /></p>
The Internet of Money
by Andreas M. Antonopoulos

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English

Pages

123

Publication Date

August 29, 2016

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While many books explain the how of bitcoin, <i>The Internet of Money</i> delves into the why of bitcoin. Acclaimed information-security expert and author of <i>Mastering Bitcoin</i>, Andreas M. Antonopoulos examines and contextualizes the significance of bitcoin through a series of essays spanning the exhilarating maturation of this technology.<br /><br /><br />Bitcoin, a technological breakthrough quietly introduced to the world in 2008, is transforming much more than finance. Bitcoin is disrupting antiquated industries to bring financial independence to billions worldwide. In this book, Andreas explains why bitcoin is a financial and technological evolution with potential far exceeding the label “digital currency.”<br /><br /><br />Andreas goes beyond exploring the technical functioning of the bitcoin network by illuminating bitcoin’s philosophical, social, and historical implications. As the internet has essentially transformed how people around the world interact and has permanently impacted our lives in ways we never could have imagined, bitcoin -- the internet of money -- is fundamentally changing our approach to solving social, political, and economic problems through decentralized technology.
Excel 2016 Bible
by John Walkenbach

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English

Pages

1029

Publication Date

October 20, 2015

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<b>The complete guide to Excel 2016, from Mr. Spreadsheet himself</b> <p>Whether you are just starting out or an Excel novice, the <i>Excel 2016 Bible</i> is your comprehensive, go-to guide for all your Excel 2016 needs. Whether you use Excel at work or at home, you will be guided through the powerful new features and capabilities by expert author and Excel Guru John Walkenbach to take full advantage of what the updated version offers. Learn to incorporate templates, implement formulas, create pivot tables, analyze data, and much more. <p>Navigate this powerful tool for business, home management, technical work, and much more with the only resource you need, Excel 2016 Bible. <ul> <li>Create functional spreadsheets that <i>work</i></li> <li>Master formulas, formatting, pivot tables, and more</li> <li>Get acquainted with Excel 2016's new features and tools</li> <li>Customize downloadable templates and worksheets</li> </ul> <p>Whether you need a walkthrough tutorial or an easy-to-navigate desk reference, the <i>Excel 2016 Bible</i> has you covered with complete coverage and clear expert guidance.
Blockchain Basics: A Non-Technical Introduction in 25 Steps
by Daniel Drescher

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English

Pages

255

Publication Date

March 14, 2017

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<p>In 25 concise steps, you will learn the basics of blockchain technology. No mathematical formulas, program code, or computer science jargon are used. No previous knowledge in computer science, mathematics, programming, or cryptography is required. Terminology is explained through pictures, analogies, and metaphors.</p><p>This book bridges the gap that exists between purely technical books about the blockchain and purely business-focused books. It does so by explaining both the technical concepts that make up the blockchain and their role in business-relevant applications.</p><p></p><p><b>What You'll Learn</b></p><ul><li>What the blockchain is<br /></li><li>Why it is needed and what problem it solves<br /></li><li>Why there is so much excitement about the blockchain and its potential<br /></li><li>Major components and their purpose<br /></li><li>How various components of the blockchain work and interact<br /></li><li>Limitations, why they exist, and what has been done to overcome them<br /></li><li>Major application scenarios</li></ul><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><b>Who This Book Is For</b></p><p> </p><p>Everyone who wants to get a general idea of what blockchain technology is, how it works, and how it will potentially change the financial system as we know it</p><p><br /></p>
Network Programmability and Automation: Skills for the Next-Gener...
by , Matt Oswalt

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English

Pages

586

Publication Date

February 02, 2018

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<div><p>Like sysadmins before them, network engineers are finding that they cannot do their work manually anymore. As the field faces new protocols, technologies, delivery models, and a pressing need for businesses to be more agile and flexible, network automation is becoming essential. This practical guide shows network engineers how to use a range of technologies and tools—including Linux, Python, JSON, and XML—to automate their systems through code.</p><p>Network programming and automation will help you simplify tasks involved in configuring, managing, and operating network equipment, topologies, services, and connectivity. Through the course of the book, you’ll learn the basic skills and tools you need to make this critical transition.</p><p>This book covers:</p><ul><li>Python programming basics: data types, conditionals, loops, functions, classes, and modules</li><li>Linux fundamentals to provide the foundation you need on your network automation journey</li><li>Data formats and models: JSON, XML, YAML, and YANG for networking</li><li>Jinja templating and its applicability for creating network device configurations</li><li>The role of application programming interfaces (APIs) in network automation</li><li>Source control with Git to manage code changes during the automation process</li><li>How Ansible, Salt, and StackStorm open source automation tools can be used to automate network devices</li><li>Key tools and technologies required for a Continuous Integration (CI) pipeline in network operations</li></ul></div>

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