The creation of the Mac, in 1984, catapulted America into the digital millennium, captured a fanatic cult audience, and transformed the computer industry into an unprecedented mix of technology, economics, and show business. Veteran technology writer and Newsweek senior editor Steven Levy zooms in on the great machine and the fortunes of the unique company responsible for its evolution. Loaded with anecdote and insight, and peppered with sharp commentary, Insanely Great is the definitive book on the most important computer ever made. It is a must-have for anyone curious about how we got to the interactive age. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steven Levy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/003612/bk_adbl_003612_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Why would spry senior Bob Weiderley suddenly faint and fall into a coma after winning a game of Bingo? After all, he was the most physically fit of all the men at the Happy Haven Assisted Living Facility (although there weren´t many men at HH because women outnumbered them four to one). It was just very suspicious. That´s why Essie Cobb and her friends and fellow residents - Opal, Marjorie, and Fay - decided to investigate. Was it possible that someone was out to get the friendly old gentleman? Maybe it was Violet, Happy Haven´s director, trying to cover up her shady past. Or Sue, the activities director, whose behavior was unusual to say the least. Maybe it was one of the three women who sat at Bob´s regular table in the dining room. Or the mysterious man who had recently sent Bob a startling letter. Essie Cobb is determined to find out-and she´s not going to let her age (90), or her various age-related infirmities hold her back. Welcome to Happy Haven. If you thought most elderly residents of assisted living facilities spent their days watching television and sitting in the sun, you haven´t met Essie Cobb, senior sleuth, and her three mystery-solving buddies. These four elderly ladies have insatiable curiosity, unending concern for their fellow man (especially their fellow ´man´), and energy and determination that some might find unusual for women in their 80´s and 90´s. They may not be able to get around as fast as youngsters in their 60´s, or navigate that Interstate-Internet (or whatever that computer thing is), but they can solve a mystery. And they´re starting with this one. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jean Habrukowich. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/002628/bk_acx0_002628_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the acclaimed Vanity Fair and GQ journalist - an unprecedented, in-depth portrait of the man whose return to Apple precipitated one of the biggest turnarounds in business history. When Steve Jobs became the acting CEO of Apple Computers, it was hemorrhaging more than a billion dollars a year. His return after twelve years of exile to the company he co-founded completely revitalized Apple. With the revolutionary success of the iMac, Apple turned a profit of over $600 million last year. Based on interviews with scores of people - rivals, colleagues, friends - who have worked with Jobs over the years, The Second Coming of Steve Jobs presents the most revealing portrait yet of this extraordinarily complex man; how and why he almost gave up his career; the details of his negotiations with Disney´s Jeffrey Kaztenberg and Michael Eisner and of the culture clash between Silicon Valley and Hollywood; his methods of leadership, management, creativity, and innovation; his friendship and rivalry with Bill Gates - and much more. Since the early days of Apple, Steve Jobs has captivated the public. Now, as Jobs prepares to conquer Hollywood with his enormously successful animation film studio, Pixar, Alan Deutschman brings listeners what will be one of the most talked-about business audios of the year. Alan Deutschman is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. For the past twelve years, he has covered business and technology. He was a correspondent for Fortune for seven years, a senior writer at GQ, and a contributing editor at New York magazine. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charles Stransky. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhau/000003/bk_rhau_000003_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
C# in Depth, Third Edition updates the best-selling second edition to cover the features of C# 5, including the challenges of writing maintainable asynchronous code. It preserves the uniquely insightful look into the tricky areas and dusty corners of C# that only expert Jon Skeet can provide.If you´re a .NET developer, you´ll use C# whether you´re building an advanced enterprise application or just slamming out a quick app. In C# 5, you can do amazing things with generics, lambda expressions, dynamic typing, LINQ, iterator blocks, and other features. But first you have to learn it in depth.C# in Depth, Third Edition has been thoroughly revised to cover the features of C# 5, including the subtleties of writing maintainable asynchronous code. You´ll see the power of C# in action, learning how to work with high-value features that you´ll be glad to have in your toolkit. And you´ll learn to avoid hidden pitfalls of C# programming with the help of crystal clear explanations of ´´behind the scenes´´ issues.This book assumes you´ve digested your first C# book and are hungry for more!What´s Inside:Updated for C# 5 Async/await featureHow C# works and whyAbout the author: Jon Skeet is a senior software engineer at Google, and a highly visible participant of newsgroups, user groups, international conferences, and the Stack Overflow Q&A site. Jon spends much of his day coding in Java, but his heart belongs to C#.PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ezra Simeloff. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/135087/bk_acx0_135087_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Organisations that excel at service buzz. Their people are switched on, and they ´´make it happen´´ for customers. It is down to all the little things they get right. They focus on what counts, and in the world of commerce, as well as in public service, there is only one person that counts, and that is the customer. ´´Get the First Five Seconds Right´´ The original Tom Peters-style fashion for customer service evolved into CRM (customer relations management), and as companies struggled to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and enhance profits, they allowed high-technology and computers to take over many of the traditional roles exercised by empowered and customer-friendly front-line people. Call centres, IVR (interactive voice recording), and Internet ordering became the order of the day. Empowered front-line employees were proving just too expensive and too unreliable to provide cost-effective customer service. In other words, many companies lost the plot. ´´Make Customers Laugh´´ This audiobook is aimed at stimulating senior executives, managers, and front-line employees to re-examine the little things they do every day in relation to customers (external and internal). 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bookbytes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bkby/000001/bk_bkby_000001_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Even in the era of glasnost, a defector is worth having, especially if he is a senior computer specialist in Russian military intelligence. But when the defection goes wrong, the British are left with three bodies and two inadequate clues to the nature of the information they might have been offered, and which now lies buried somewhere in the collective memories of David Audley and his one-time colleague Major Peter Richardson.But what is the secret that Audley shares with the half-Italian Richardson, now frightened into hiding somewhere in Italy? For once, David Audley has no idea and the race is on to find the elusive Major. But Audley´s objective is fast being overtaken by modern political imperatives, ones very different from the black and white certainties of the old Cold War days. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mike Grady. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/009126/bk_adbl_009126_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In his latest work, former senior computer systems designer and best-selling author Gregg Braden merges ancient and modern worldviews into a powerful new model of time. Marrying the modern laws of fractal patterns to the ancient concept of cycles, he demonstrates how everything from the war and peace between nations to our most joyous relationships and personal crises are the returning patterns of our past. As each pattern returns, it carries the same conditions of previous cycles - fractal patterns that can be known, measured and predicted!What makes this model so important today is that the returning cycles also carry a window of opportunity - a choice point - that allows us to choose a new outcome for the cycle. Braden suggests that if we can see time from this perspective, the patterns will show us what´s in store for the future, and perhaps how to avoid the mistakes of our past. After presenting the case histories that confirm the accuracy of fractal time calculations, the author crosses the traditional boundaries of science and spirituality to answer the question that must be asked: What does fractal time tell us about 2012, and beyond? Because the cycles repeat, the seed for 2012 has already happened and the pattern already exists! In a narrative format of easy-to-read science and true-life accounts, Fractal Time shows us what we can expect as we close the Great World Age described by the Mayan Calendar, and the secret to our moment in history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gregg Braden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hayh/000239/bk_hayh_000239_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Are you tired of being treated like an afterthought? Discover the step-by-step methods to put your IT department front and center in the minds of senior management.Are you a CIO or a director of IT who struggles to make your voice heard? Does your company’s executive team leave you out of important meetings? Are your business ideas and opinions never taken seriously? Keynote speaker and IT visionary Jeff Ton spent 35 years helping companies build strategic technology plans and innovative practices. Now, he’s here to share hard-won tactics that will have senior management hanging on your every word. Amplify Your Value - Leading IT with Strategic Vision contains the framework you need to take your rightful place among the senior leadership ranks. You’ll learn simple strategies to cultivate a culture of support within your own team so you can better advocate on their behalf. Through Jeff Ton’s transformative methods, you and your department will transition from ´´the computer guys” to the heart of the business.In Amplify Your Value, you´ll discover:Simple techniques to establish your involvement in every key business initiative The step-by-step process to make positive transformational changes in your own departmentMethods to develop a strategic vision, increase your agility, and innovate from the topTactics for identifying key projects that drive business value and getting stakeholders investedThe core principles for managing your day-to-day workAnd much, much more!Amplify Your Value is a must-have reference for IT heads ready to take their leadership skills to the next level. If you like systematic action plans, innovative management, and real-world examples, then you´ll love Jeff Ton´s insightful guide.Buy Amplify Your Value to step out from behind the computer screen and into the boardroom today! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ronald Fox. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/129200/bk_acx0_129200_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The breaking of the Enigma machine is one of the most heroic stories of the Second World War and highlights the crucial work of the codebreakers of Bletchley Park, which prevented Britain´s certain defeat in 1941. But there was another German cipher machine, used by Hitler himself to convey messages to his top generals in the field. A machine more complex and secure than Enigma. A machine that could never be broken. For 60 years no one knew about Lorenz or ´Tunny´, or the determined group of men who finally broke the code and thus changed the course of the war. Many of them went to their deaths without anyone knowing of their achievements. Here, for the first time, senior codebreaker Captain Jerry Roberts tells the complete story of this extraordinary feat of intellect and of his struggle to get his wartime colleagues the recognition they deserve. The work carried out at Bletchley Park during the war to partially automate the process of breaking Lorenz, which had previously been done entirely by hand, was groundbreaking and is recognised as having kick-started the modern computer age. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Neil Gardner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/030699/bk_adbl_030699_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.