Ubiquitous computing--almost imperceptible, but everywhere around us--is rapidly becoming a reality. How will it change us? how can we shape its emergence?Smart buildings, smart furniture, smart clothing... even smart bathtubs. networked street signs and self-describing soda cans. Gestural interfaces like those seen in "Minority Report," The RFID tags now embedded in everything from credit cards to the family pet.All of these are facets of the ubiquitous computing author Adam Greenfield calls "everyware." In a series of brief, thoughtful meditations, Greenfield explains how everyware is already reshaping our lives, transforming our understanding of the cities we live in, the communities we belong to--and the way we see ourselves.What are people saying about the book?""Adam Greenfield is intense, engaged, intelligent and caring. I pay attention to him. I counsel you to do the same." "--HOWARD RHEINGOLD, AUTHOR, "SMART MOBS: THE NEXT SOCIAL REVOLUTION"""A gracefully written, fascinating, and deeply wise book on one of the most powerful ideas of the digital age--and the obstacles we must overcome before we can make ubiquitous computing a reality.""--STEVE SILBERMAN, EDITOR, "WIRED MAGAZINE" ""Adam is a visionary. he has true compassion and respect for ordinary users like me who are struggling to use and understand the new technology being thrust on us at overwhelming speed.""--REBECCA MACKINNON, BERKMAN CENTER FOR INTERNET AND SOCIETY, HARVARD UNIVERSITY"Everyware" is an AIGA Design Press book, published under Peachpit's New Riders imprint in partnership with AIGA.
Reset Your Job Mindset: Uncover strategies to raise your salary, utilize your employers' resources and staff to your advantage, so
Make More Money Than Your Boss, at Your Job. Your current job is a platform for the creation of riches not only for your employer, but also for you. The Industrial Revolution gave us many wonders and raised the global society to unimaginable heights. But it also created a dysfunctional labor and remuneration system in which most people (employees) can't fully develop personally and professionally because, even if you love your job, sometimes the money you get in return for your labor just doesn't make sense. For hundreds of years, employees all over the world have been brainwashed to believe that a controlled-limited salary-one that doesn't even keep pace with inflation-is the only way they can get paid for the hard work they do. This myth is perpetuated by everyone we interact with-parents, teachers, friends, employers, the media, and society in general. But in today's world-where through the power of the mind, the Internet, and other modern technologies we have more resources and self-knowledge available to us than entire industries did just a few decades ago-it simply doesn't have to be this way. You, as an employee, grow in talent, skills, and value to your employer, but your salary doesn't keep pace with your development. Your employer uses your present and future skills to create more wealth for himself and his partners while you have to make ends meet with your limited income as your cost of living keeps rising: rent, mortgage, food, transportation, etc. A lot of people will tell you that you should be happy if you have a job in these tough economic times, and this is true. But what very few people will tell you is that you can benefit immensely from your employer's business resources if you stop behaving like an employee and change gears to become an Employeepreneur. You can raise your own salary. But you need to look at your job with a new set of eyes and use your employer's resources to your advantage. Peter Drucker said, ""Business has only two functions-marketing and innovation."" Companies market to get more customers and innovate to create more products and services to sell to those customers. However (and this is good for you), no company on earth has a monopoly on innovation or marketing because they are both based on human creativity and on human capital (or what I call a burning desire to accomplish something). Wouldn't it be nice to have access to your employer's resources (products, services, equipment, infrastructure, contacts, etc.) to increase the company's bottom line and also your salary? The truth is that in these uncertain times, your employers need you more than ever. They need your intellect, drive, and input but they wouldn't dare tell or ask you directly because they know they would have to increase your salary. Don't wait for your boss or employer to raise your salary; raise it yourself. In this book you will find out how to: Raise your own salary without getting a second job Get residual income
In the wake of the loss of TV's top anchormen, Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, Peter Jennings, and Ted Koppel, a seismic shift has occurred in broadcast news. A revolution had already been taking place on the Fox News Channel about the way news was being presented on TV. Bill O'Reilly has been the spearhead in that radical movement, masterminded by Roger Ailes, founding father of Fox News. To some, O'Reilly is a semi-demented cable TV talk show host, who can be an obnoxious, insufferable, opinionated, rude loudmouth whose views, the kinder ones say, are typical right wing drivel. But there is much more to O'Reilly than what meets eye. O'Reilly is the paradigm of idosyncrasy in television journalism. On the rough road to the top, O'Reilly learned how to give the public what it wants and thinks it needs. From his early education at the hands of nuns to an advanced degree in Public Policy from Harvard, from working at local televisions stations and rising through the ranks to network news, O'Reilly spent nearly twenty-five years learning his craft before he became an overnight star at Fox News. In this very intimate look at the man and what matters to him, veteran media critic Marvin Kitman explores all the experiences that led to the making of Bill O'Reilly--a non-conformist in a business that demands conformity as the price of success and a man who has risen to the top by not playing by the rules of broadcast news. Kitman claims that O'Reilly is not a kneejerk conservative, but an "independent" freethinker with a mind of his own, and he believes what journalism needs is more Bill O'Reillys. Not screamers, the blowhards like the current O'Reilly clones rushed on the air since hissuccess, but trained journalists, reporting the news and telling us why, in their opinion, the world is a crazy place. Supported by twenty-nine interviews with Bill O'Reilly, Marvin Kitman pulls no punches in this powerful and hard-hitting biography that will provoke both "Spinheads" and "Anti-Spinheads."
Learn how to enjoy and decipher the information revolution--with this fun, easy-to-use techno-geek tour of the best tools available today. Want to learn about: Who's really running a Web site behind the scenes? See "Alexa" on page 259. A global on-line database of living things? See "Tree of Life" on page 109. A computer-controlled wide-band radio to tune in the world? See "ICOM PCR- 1000" on page 10. The best place to buy world maps, reachable via the Web? See "The Map Shop" on page 113. Satellite imagery downloadable from the U.S. Geological Survey? See "Satellite Imagery" on page 136. A metasearch engine that trolls other sites like Yahoo and Excite and distills the results? See "Inference Find" on page 155. The best way to use search engines like Alta Vista and Yahoo? See "Synthetic Aperture" on page 153. How to keep informed with 20 unusual and extraordinary Web sites? See "20 Web Sites Off the Beaten Path" on pages 188-91. The hottest new marketing idea driving e-commerce? See "Viral Marketing" on pages 86-87. The essay that predicted the information age 50 years ago? See "Endless Frontier" on page 378. The classic and superb documentary that captures the first world war like no other? See "World War I (VHS)" on page 267. Where the U.S. is most vulnerable to terrorists in the 21st century? See "Melissa's Lesson" on pages 249-51. Each entry includes Internet URLs, notes on why the item was selected and how it works, what age level it suits, how long it has been in development, what it should cost (on the street), and how likely it is to become obsolete. In five revealing sections--on hardware, sources, software, plasticware, and paperware-- Informatica 1.0 puts into new perspective the avalanche of new products. It selects the best tools for an information society, yielding the best ways to sense and measure things, to manage the results, and to refine them into practical knowledge.