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The Information Diet

The Information Diet

A Case for Conscious Consumption

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On May 9, 2012 Mike Ball wrote: Book Review: The Information Diet
Let me say two things plainly. First, Clay John tortures the comparison of food and information consumption to death…and beyond. He loves his cleverness. Second, the middle of his book contains ample rewards for sticking with it out that far. Note on the tail end: The author buries links to… Full Review >

Book: A Futurist's Manifesto

Book: A Futurist's Manifesto

A Collection of Essays from the Bleeding Edge of Publishing

Mike's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Nov 28, 2011 Mike Ball wrote: Publishing’s Future, in Parts
In the walk-it-like-you-write-it mode, contributors to Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto break conventions. They conceptually and practically cover the current nascent forms of publishing. Book Review Note: This is another in my ongoing series of technical book reviews. Most obvious include that this work is in process. The intro material and part one… Full Review >

Head First HTML5 Programming

Head First HTML5 Programming

Building Web Apps with JavaScript

Mike's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Nov 16, 2011 Mike Ball wrote: HTML5 Tutorial for the Likes of Me
Head First HTML5 Programming is not a reference book and does not pretend to be. Go through the easy-to-follow book page by page, exercise by exercise. Come out at the end understanding how to program in JavaScript and knowing enough about HTML 5 to build superior websites. You can always… Full Review >

Effective Time Management: Using Microsoft Outlook to Organize Your Work and Personal Life

Effective Time Management: Using Microsoft Outlook to Organize Your Work and Personal Life

Mike's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Nov 1, 2011 Mike Ball wrote: Maxing Out Outlook
Despite the book on time management with Outlook® being under 300 pages, reviewing took quite awhile. I mention that because that is likely what many readers will find. I kept returning to implement. Effective Time Management: Using Microsoft® Outlook® to Organize Your Work and Personal Life is just what it says. However,… Full Review >

The Future of Looking Back

The Future of Looking Back

Mike's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Oct 10, 2011 Mike Ball wrote: Saving and Sorting Lives
A Microsoft researcher in England has thought more about our life traces than the rest of us have. In The future of looking back, he interweaves the pluses and problems of personal artifacts from his grandfather’s photographs to current digital and online tools we use to the newest stuff around… Full Review >

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