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Programming 3D Applications with HTML5 and WebGL

Programming 3D Applications with HTML5 and WebGL

3D Animation and Visualization for Web Pages

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Apr 19, 2014 Ninajean Slone wrote:
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Learn to Program with Scratch

Learn to Program with Scratch

A Visual Introduction to Programming with Games, Art, Science, and Math

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Mar 13, 2014 Ninajean Slone wrote: OMG!!! Awesome!
I could say, “OMG!” and only that but then this would be a very short review and a book like this deserves more than that. This book is geared to anyone whether you have any programming experience or not. In fact, I could probably teach my grandkids the basics of how to program with this book and Scratch, which is on the MIT website. I have a brother who is as sharp as a tack in some ways, but is nonetheless mentally retarded. I mention him because I wanted to see if he could use the program. He’s taking to it like a duck to water. I also told my youngest daughter about this program and sent her a link to the MIT Scratch website so she can download it and maybe her kids will want to give it a try. Later today, I’m going to send the same link to my oldest daughter because they may also wish to give Scratch a try. It would be a good experience for them. At least two of my grandkids are into computers like me, and my youngest daughter seemed to be interested when I told her about it. But don’t let the simplicity fool you. It will get you to where you need to be to program in any language you choose to use. This book will help you master Scratch, and then it’s up to you to put all that knowledge you learned to use in other programming languages. I recommend this anyone who wishes to learn programming. Full Review >

The Language of Content Strategy

The Language of Content Strategy

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Mar 6, 2014 Ninajean Slone wrote: Tired of being accused of arguing semantics?
I am often accused of arguing semantics. Apparently what I mean when I say something isn’t what other people mean when they say what sounds like the same thing. If I say that ‘content is the only way to go’, what do I mean? If you say it, what do you mean? If I’m using a blog to make money from my ‘content’, does this mean that I am writing articles and selling those? Does it mean that I am embedding links within the articles so that people will buy a product that is associated with that article? Maybe it does, but, then again perhaps not. What is the meaning of the word ‘content’? Does it only pertain to articles, or the written word? Are you using it as a verb, such as she was ‘content’? Maybe you’re using it as a noun, such as this is a very content oriented website. Still, that isn’t very clear. What do we mean when we say talk about ‘content’? Full Review >

Windows Registry Forensics

Windows Registry Forensics

Advanced Digital Forensic Analysis of the Windows Registry

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Mar 3, 2014 Ninajean Slone wrote: Must read if you want to know the registry
Wow! What a read! Seriously folks, this book is packed full of information. I have learned more about the Windows registry since reading this book than I knew in the last few years. I have to say, though, that I never stopped to think about how much you can learn about someone’s computer by reading the registry, including mine. I always wondered how the registry worked, and now I do, somewhat. I have ‘tinkered’ with the registry before, (mine and only mine), or to use other peoples’ lingo, hacked the registry. For instance, I want more commands on my right-click menu, so I hack my registry and add them. No big deal. Unless you’re into messing with other people’s computers; and like to do damage to them by adding such programs as malware, ransomeware or virii. Anything that’s malicious to harm another person’s computer. Then you’ve sort of found a goldmine to play in. Full Review >

Privacy and Big Data

Privacy and Big Data

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Feb 16, 2014 Ninajean Slone wrote: Very engaging and much needed...
It’s really a scary thought how much data that so many people are privy to when it comes down to it. I personally don’t think it’s a good thing for anyone to have that much data about us. If you’re concerned about your privacy, or just want to know more, do yourself a favor. Read this book! It will answer many questions you may have, and you might even enjoy the book because it is written in a very engaging style. I recommend this book to anyone who wonders, “Where does all this data go? Who exactly has access to our data? And, most importantly, exactly what do they intend to do with it?" Full Review >

Windows 7 Administrator's Pocket Consultant

Windows 7 Administrator's Pocket Consultant

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Feb 6, 2014 Ninajean Slone wrote: I enjoyed it and learned from it...
I wanted to review this book because I'm still running Windows 7. I'm glad I did since there is much I still don't know. Since I'm the go-to person for my daughters and other family members, I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to update my skills and add to my knowledge. I would recommend this book to anyone, as a matter of a fact, I recommended it to my daughter. Full Review >

Building Android Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

Building Android Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

Making Native Apps with Standards-Based Web Tools

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Feb 3, 2014 Ninajean Slone wrote: Very nice! I enjoyed it.
I realize that people may not care if I enjoyed it or not, but it sure makes it easier to read. Also, it is written in what I consider to be a conversational style. There are plenty of code examples for you to play around with. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning to create Android Apps. Full Review >

The Economy of You

The Economy of You

Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur and Recession-Proof Your Life

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jan 30, 2014 Ninajean Slone wrote: Thinking of starting a business?
Do you ever wish you could just give your 9-5 job and work for yourself? You may have skills that you don’t use on the job and yet they could possibly bring in a lucrative income. Perhaps you are especially gifted at writing, baking scrumptious desserts, making jewelry, or any number of things. Ms. Palmer not only tells you what you can do to start this endeavor, she also tells you the pitfalls to avoid. You know the ones that many people fall into. Such as letting your first failure stop you from going on. Sometimes we must fail in order to win. What I mean by that is when we fail, we look at all angles of what we did wrong, as well as what we did right. We can then do things a little differently. For instance, you wouldn’t sink a good chunk of money into an enterprise until you have thoroughly thought it through. You have this great idea. Why not run with it? Because you need to write it down, then sleep on it. I’ve had great ideas which turned out to not be good ideas at all. In fact, they almost got me into trouble. I should have done my research, talked to other people who actually were into that particular business, and thought about it even more before I made a final decision. Did I? No. This is just one more reason to read this book. It can point out the good points as well as the bad points. Full Review >

A Web for Everyone

A Web for Everyone

Designing Accessible User Experiences

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jan 28, 2014 Ninajean Slone wrote: Please read this book...
I have to admit, right off the track that I don’t always take disabilities into consideration, even though I have a disability as well. While this is certainly embarrassing, it’s not a bad thing to admit it that I’ve been doing this all wrong. I like to think it just makes me a better person, personally as well as business wise. The reason I just told you about this shortcoming of mine, which I promise to not practice anymore, is because too many people don’t take accessibility into consideration. Full Review >

Windows PowerShell Best Practices

Windows PowerShell Best Practices

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jan 27, 2014 Ninajean Slone wrote: My take on it...ascinating reader..
Do you remember the good old days when you could work in DOS? The command line that was used before Microsoft gave a GUI in Windows, which stands for Graphical User Interface. Now, technically, PowerShell doesn’t really seem to have much in common with DOS. Yet it too uses the command line, although it’s now called cmd. It seems to me as if the cmdlets, or scripts are pretty much like bat files from the good old DOS days. Full Review >

Business Matters

Business Matters

A freelancer's guide to business success in any economy

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jan 18, 2014 Ninajean Slone wrote: Freelancer or not, this book can still help
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in freelancing. You should also be aware that even if you’re not a freelancer, this book would also benefit you. As a business owner, perhaps you are ready to expand and would like to hire a few independent contractors, or even take on a few more clients. This book is invaluable to anyone concerned with business. Full Review >

Training Guide: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3

Training Guide: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jan 11, 2014 Ninajean Slone wrote: Must have for web development
I’ve been reading the Training Guide and I must say it’s really cool. It explains the difference between the various Visual Studio 2010 versions. For instance, since I’m running Windows 7, the author tells me that “If you run Blend for Visual Studio 2012 on Windows 7, you will not be able to develop Windows 8 applications.” I didn’t see anywhere that says I can’t code and make my apps backward compatible. Many programs can be made to be backwards compatible. This is what I hope to do as I learn how to create apps using this book. I have no intention of upgrading to Windows 8 or 8+. Full Review >

Every Page is Page One

Every Page is Page One

Topic-based Writing for Technical Communication and the Web

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jan 6, 2014 Ninajean Slone wrote: This book will help you to write more effectively...
If you write technical manuals, either hard copy or web copy, this book can really help you. It helps by giving you a 'window' into how your readers use the material. Full Review >

Suits and Spooks New York 2013: Complete Video Compilation

Suits and Spooks New York 2013: Complete Video Compilation

Attacks, Threats, and Defense in Cyberspace

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jan 2, 2014 Ninajean Slone wrote: You really should watch this compilation of videos
If you’re interested about surveillance, espionage, or cyber conflict, then you really should watch these videos. From what I saw in the videos, there is so much we aren’t even aware of. This isn’t a concern just for the United States, but this is going on worldwide. This is almost enough to make some of us paranoid. This also includes me. Full Review >

Capture the Magic

Capture the Magic

Train Your Eye, Improve Your Photographic Composition

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Dec 27, 2013 Ninajean Slone wrote: Must havae if you want to take better photos
If you’re like me, you’d like to learn the fine art of photography, but most times when you shoot that photo, it looks good in the lens… Until you look at it on your PC. Then you can see what isn’t there. A beautiful photo taken at just the right angle, the right light, the right composition, and whatever else goes into taking the perfect shot. I’ve tried over the months that I’ve owned a camera to take a great picture. Unfortunately, almost all of my photos end looking like anything but photos. Sometimes I think a child could take a better photo! Full Review >

Mobile HTML5

Mobile HTML5

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Dec 17, 2013 Ninajean Slone wrote: Nice addition to have
Thanks to this book, I can pursue the idea of developing apps if I wish. The author tells us how to develop for any device, as long as that device uses a web browser, and it isn’t OS dependent. That is great! I told a friend of mine, who happens to be an engineer about this book and he says he wants to get a copy. As to if he does? I have no idea. But based on what he said to me about an app some acquaintances of his were having trouble with, it’s real good bet that he will. Full Review >

Malware Forensics Field Guide for Windows Systems

Malware Forensics Field Guide for Windows Systems

Digital Forensics Field Guides

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Dec 11, 2013 Ninajean Slone wrote: Proud addition to my library
Have you ever been a victim of malware? No? Then you are one lucky person! Everybody I personally know and many that I’ve never met or even heard of have encountered malware at one time of another. Malware is a real pain in the butt to get rid of and truth be told, we shouldn’t have to even worry about it. But that ain’t gonna happen any time soon considering the fact that people who create malware are, in my opinion, just plain uncaring idiots! However there is one good thing about malware, it gives forensics people a chance to study the code and beat the malware coders at their own game. Full Review >

Cyber Warfare

Cyber Warfare

Techniques, Tactics and Tools for Security Practitioners

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Dec 1, 2013 Ninajean Slone wrote: Nice addition to my personal library
When you look at the title, you may or may not wonder what this book is about. But if you look at the subtitle, you know what it’s about. As with other books in the cyber and computer security genre that I’ve read and reviewed, this one is also full of knowledge and things I’ve never even thought of. Full Review >

HTML5: The Missing Manual

HTML5: The Missing Manual

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Nov 24, 2013 Ninajean Slone wrote: Wonderful addition to any library!
As with all the ‘Missing Manual’ books, this one is also chock full of goodies, so much information that it’s relative easy to use just this book to build a proper website. I suppose you wish to know what I’m referring to when I say ‘proper’ website. I mean one that is created as it should be, it looks good and best of all, there are no mistakes. Full Review >

HTML5 Hacks

HTML5 Hacks

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Nov 10, 2013 Ninajean Slone wrote: Great hacks!
“Hacking might be characterized as ‘an appropriate application of ingenuity’. Whether the result is a quick-and-dirty patchwork job or a carefully crafted work of art, you have to admire the cleverness that went into it.”(MIT hacker Phil Agre)1 I also look at this type of hacking as making something do what you want it to do, or pushing it to the limit. By using this book, you too can learn work arounds for making HTML5 work for you too. There are a bunch of hacks that are truly useful, even if you’re a veteran html programmer. Full Review >

Mining the Social Web

Mining the Social Web

Data Mining Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, GitHub, and More

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Nov 3, 2013 Ninajean Slone wrote: Bet you didn't know you could find so much info did you?
Why in the world would anyone want to mine data from social websites, you may be asking yourself just about now. Good question. Suppose you were in the process of creating a product, but at the same time you are curious as to which niche it would fit into. You may also be curious as to which niche is the most financially beneficial for your product, as well as perhaps you should tweak it to maximize your particular niche after mining the web for this data. Full Review >

Developing with PDF

Developing with PDF

Dive Into the Portable Document Format

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Oct 24, 2013 Ninajean Slone wrote: Covers it all!
Just by looking at the Table of Contents of Developing with PDF, I knew I didn’t know diddly squat about PDF. Oh sure, I’ve used it to read PDF documents, as well to save Word documents in this particular format. But I didn’t know how to create a new PDF document, even though I have Adobe Acrobat Pro, which is part of the Adobe Master Collection CS4, which I acquired while attending school at ITT-Tech. Full Review >

How Wikipedia Works

How Wikipedia Works

And How You Can Be a Part of It

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Oct 21, 2013 Ninajean Slone wrote: Wanna know how Wikipedia works? Then read this book.
This book is chock full of information and you will know all about Wikipedia when you are reading this book. I found it written in an entertaining and conversational style. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to know all about Wikipedia. Full Review >

WordPress: The Missing Manual

WordPress: The Missing Manual

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Oct 15, 2013 Ninajean Slone wrote: Name says it all...
I don’t say this often, but in the case, I will. The name says it all. I’ve been reading this book, which by the way, looks really good on both the Kindle and the Kindle Fire HD (yeah I finally got one…yay). This book covers things I didn’t even think of and explains it in straight forward, no nonsense, and conversational style. When I say conversational style, I mean that it flows from one sentence to the next, one subject to the next without being stuffy and it is written so that anyone can understand it. Word Press is a little daunting on some things. Am I gonna mess it up so it never works? What the heck are plugins? How do I moderate comments? What if I’m getting a lot of spam in my comments? How do I even set it up? Now I personally know about some of these things, but there are many more that I didn’t. I certainly didn’t know how to set up an E-commerce website. What about security? That’s covered as well. Mr. MacDonald makes it seem so easy. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about Word Press. Full Review >

Letting Go of the Words

Letting Go of the Words

Writing Web Content that Works

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Oct 12, 2013 Ninajean Slone wrote: If you write anything, you need this book!
I also realize from reading that I really need to rewrite my articles and that I need to use this book to make them better. It’s like the author takes you by the hand and walks you through the entire process of writing for the web. Full Review >

CompTIA Security+ Training Kit (Exam SY0-301)

CompTIA Security+ Training Kit (Exam SY0-301)

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Oct 5, 2013 Ninajean Slone wrote: Pass your exam with this book!
Let’s face it, if we want to be security minded, we can’t just talk the talk. We also have to walk the walk. In other words, are you for real and do you know what you’re talking about so that you can help people with security issues? Or are you just hot air with no idea of how to do what you just said? Full Review >

Violent Python

Violent Python

A Cookbook for Hackers, Forensic Analysts, Penetration Testers and Security Engineers

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Oct 4, 2013 Ninajean Slone wrote: A good book, I'm adding it to my forensics library
I enjoy reading books about how to do things, and what makes them tick. I think this book covers a lot of ground on how to hack websites. As they say, to catch a criminal, it helps to have a criminal mind. That would also apply to hackers. We’re all curious, and whether we admit it or not, we really don’t like locks because we want to know what is in the room which is being locked. In the book, “1984”, there was a room that people really did not want to go into although no one would actually say what was in it. It was your worst nightmare, the thing you feared the most. As we all know, fear is a personal thing. So room 19 wouldn’t hold for you what I was afraid of, but rather what you are afraid of. It’s a little like that as far as hackers go. There are different types of hackers, white-hat, gray-hat, black-hat, etc. Not all of them are going to steal your information and either use it or, God forbid, sell it. But for the ones who do, it’s better to cya (cover your ass) than to be like the proverbial ostrich and stick our head in the sand. Full Review >

The Basics of Web Hacking

The Basics of Web Hacking

Tools and Techniques to Attack the Web

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Sep 30, 2013 Ninajean Slone wrote: Are you concerned? Maybe you should be?
Are you a developer? Maybe you're just plain Jane or Joe? Either way, you really should be concerned with web security.This book is a real good start whether you've been coding for years, or never wrote a line of code in your life. Full Review >

The Book of GIMP

The Book of GIMP

A Complete Guide to Nearly Everything

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Sep 23, 2013 Ninajean Slone wrote: Very nice, and a must have for learning GIMP!,
This is one of the best books I have read about using GIMP. GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free software program similar to Photoshop. You can do as much with GIMP as with Photoshop if not more. GIMP might have a steep learning curve, so does Photoshop; however, with this book to guide you along, it won't take so long to learn. From correcting photos, to using layers, designing logos, animation and textures, it covers it. I have a Kindle, just the regular Kindle, not Kindle Fire HD (would really like one though), and the book looks fine, even the graphics show up well, although they are in black and white, which is why I also like to have the book in PDF format. This is one book you should have open and follow along with when using GIMP. I personally prefer to have the book open with me when I'm learning how to do something. Sense this book has tutorials and examples for you do in each chapter, it means it is easier for me to understand how to do things. Hey, you don't have to go chapter by chapter as you would a novel. I suggest you first read the introduction, and install GIMP; there is also an appendix that explains how to install GIMP if you're unsure how to do that. After that, just peruse the table of contents and once finding the part that you're most interested in, jump right in and start following the tutorials. If you are a coder, then you'll also love GIMP because the source code is available so you can play around with it. You change improve upon the code as in adding something it doesn't already have, or you can code plugins to share with the GIMP community. There are also plenty of tutorials on the web, as well as brushes galore. I suppose you wonder if I've even read this book since I just got it yesterday, and yes I have and still am. This is one of those books, especially of the technical genre, that you just want to keep reading. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn GIMP. Full Review >

Hacking Web Apps

Hacking Web Apps

Detecting and Preventing Web Application Security Problems

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Sep 21, 2013 Ninajean Slone wrote: Something we all need
In today’s world, we absolutely must be concerned about security. There are quite a few ways our information including our passwords, bank account information and personal identity can be stolen via the web. Most of the attacks need only the browser to access this information, according to Mike Shema. Mr. Shema is a well-respected authority in the web security field. Full Review >

Practical Anonymity

Practical Anonymity

Hiding in Plain Sight Online

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Sep 14, 2013 Ninajean Slone wrote: Learn how to surf the web anonymously
I realize there are many times when we, as a country, need to know what is going on within our borders. However, I also believe in our right to privacy, which is growing smaller and smaller every day. If police, politicians, political activists, etc. are allowed to use the internet anonymously, why shouldn’t the regular person be able to do so? Full Review >

Head First HTML5 Programming

Head First HTML5 Programming

Building Web Apps with JavaScript

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Sep 2, 2013 Ninajean Slone wrote: Head First HTML5 Programming Review
I love this book! It is written in such a manner that I retain what I read, as if it is written just for me. You can’t ask for more than that from an author. Their way of going about teaching you is, in my opinion, the greatest thing since sliced bread. It is written in a conversational style, with graphics which evoke emotions. This helps you to retain what you read, because as the authors say, 'A picture is worth a thousand words.' Full Review >

Blender Master Class

Blender Master Class

A Hands-On Guide to Modeling, Sculpting, Materials, and Rendering

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Aug 27, 2013 Ninajean Slone wrote:
In the event that Blender Master Class piques your interest in 3D creation, whether it's creatures, scenes, movies or games, you can go further with this as there is more than ample documentation for Blender as well as Gimp. There are tutorials as well. Both programs have forums or communities I believe. Full Review >

Placing the Suspect Behind the Keyboard

Placing the Suspect Behind the Keyboard

Using Digital Forensics and Investigative Techniques to Identify Cybercrime Suspects

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Aug 25, 2013 Ninajean Slone wrote: Good read for a technical book
If you are either in the field of forensics specializing in the cyber crime division or thinking of going into this filed, you will find this book helpful. Full Review >

Practical Lock Picking

Practical Lock Picking

A Physical Penetration Tester's Training Guide

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jul 11, 2013 Ninajean Slone wrote: Must have for security personel
Not only does the author explain how locks are made, and discuss the various procedures for making locks, he also explains the tools one may choose for picking locks. This would also be an excellent book for anyone in the security field, and for those who design locks Full Review >

The Modern Web

The Modern Web

Multi-Device Web Development with HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript

Ninajean's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jun 21, 2013 Ninajean Slone wrote: For serious mobile web designers
One of the things I like about this book is the format, it is very easy to follow and after each chapter this is a section entitled "Further Reading" which is good because you can find more information from reading other books on the subject. That is, if you think you need other books, since this book is written by a guru of web development. Full Review >

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