Free computers and the internet Kindle books for 09 Aug 16

The Internet Detective Game: Episode #1 The Missoula Kidnapping

by David Francis Curran

Introduction

In this game you get to be a computer based detective. Here you will use your skills with actual real-world-mapping programs and databases to solve a mystery. Doing extensive computer searches is not everyone’s cup of tea. It can be like fishing for hours without a nibble. But this game is set up to let you try using a computer to solve a crime while giving you many encouraging nibbles along the way.

This book is actually the instructions for playing the game. Buying the book gives you the right to play the game and put your computer skills to the test in the real world. Your first assignment is to find the location where Davy Quintellison was held after being kidnapped.

– To play this game you need:



– This book.



– An internet connection.



– Access to data bases such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, Ask.com and other data bases. You’ll need to look up things like train schedules, newspaper archives, etc.



– Free Google Earth software, or access to Bing.com/maps, MapQuest.com, or maps.Yahoo.com. (You might need help getting GPS info for Yahoo from a site like http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/geocoder/).



– What is nice about sites like bing.com is you can type in a name like â??The Missoula Public Library’ and they will take you there. At the time of this writing only Google Earth has street views for most of the locations in this particular game (but not all). You do not need â??street view’ to play the game. In fact, some computers, such as older macs still running OS 10.4 can run Google Earth but can’t get street views, but street views do enhance playing the game.



– Or any other site that will give you coordinates. Some do charge for the service.



– You could drive around Missoula if you live or travel there with a GPS locator. Make sure your GPS’s units match Google or Bing or whatever you use. The game, however, was created for people who live outside Missoula. Living in Missoula might make the game too easy for you.



– This government site can convert decimal Latitude and Longitude to degrees and vice versa if you need to: http://transition.fcc.gov/mb/audio/bickel/DDDMMSS-decimal.html



– Patience. The faster your computer the faster Google Earth or Bing.com, or MapQuest.com will run but you may have to wait for views to render.



– The online services that provide maps if you enter your starting point and destination seem to do very well with distances. However, you might want to calculate driving time yourself. Use this link for: Speed limit and traffic light data if you can’t â??find it’/â??figure it out for’ yourself.



– The story’s setting is 2010. This means that any photos you may see online may be out of date. Either because they are current and this happened in the past. Or because the photos are too old. A photo of a speed limit sign might be a helpful clue. But the condition of a building on an ever-changing internet should be only considered given that the building may have changed since the photo was taken.



Easyread Java Interview Questions – Part 1: Interview questions and answers on Core Java and related topics

by Malay Mandal

The book has over a hundred interview questions, relevant to job interviews for Java developers (especially for mid to senior level). This may be helpful for interviewers, as well as potential candidates preparing for a job interview, where Java questions may be asked. It focuses on core Java, but also has questions on topics such as design patterns, or object oriented concepts, which may be asked in a Java interview.

For interviewers the book may provide quite a few complete sets of Java interview questions. For professionals who are not preparing for an interview in near future, this could still help understanding certain topics better, or intriguing them into further investigation on certain specific topics.

It is, (in my view) easily readable, and may also be convenient for quick recap. In this sense, it can be a substitute for notes on Java interview questions.



WordPress Blog: Your Concise Guide

by Reagan Prescott

WordPress is the single most popular way to create a website or blog. It’s used by Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, authors, photographers, bloggers and non-profits to build a professional website easily.

You can do the same – and you don’t need to be a computer expert or web geek. This easy-to-use, visual guide shows you everything you need to know.

What you’ll learn in WordPress Websites Step-by-Step:

How to choose a great domain name and get good value, reliable web hosting

How to install WordPress in a few mouse clicks

How to publish posts and pages with correctly formatted text

How to give your website a professional touch by using images and videos

How to customize your web design without needing to be a programmer

How to easily add complex features to your site with free and premium “plugins”

How to use Search Engine Optimization to get ranked better by Google

How to keep your website secure

How to solve the most common WordPress problems

…and lots more.



The TI-Nspire for Beginners (TI-Nspire (TM) Tutorials: Getting Started With the Book 1)

by Lucas Allen

The third edition of this book has been updated for the 2016-17 school year. At a breakneck pace, students, teachers, and schools around the world are adopting the TI-Nspire as their graphing calculator of choice. However, with the popular TI-83/84 series dominating math classrooms around the world for over a decade, many students and teachers are still scrambling to figure out how to use the powerful new TI-Nspire.

This brief TI-Nspire tutorial book is a simple way to get started on the TI-Nspire graphing calculator. Whether you are a high school student who’s never picked up a graphing calculator or a teacher looking to get current with the latest technology, you’ll find numerous tutorials in this book to get you started. Button press sequences and dozens of screen captures will help guide you through the process of learning to use the TI-Nspire.

Since this book is full of tutorials for beginners, the focus is on the basics of the TI-Nspire. Whether your target mathematics level is Algebra I, Calculus, or anywhere in between, you’ll find that these tutorials will help you achieve a comfort level with the Nspire. While numerous features of the Nspire are touched on, the focus in this volume is on basic navigation and settings of the Nspire, calculator features, and graphing features. Examples are explained for every type of window, including spreadsheets and data and statistics.

The third edition of these TI-Nspire tutorials are written for TI-Nspire OS 4.2, the latest version of the operating system, released in 2016. If you have an older version of the operating system on your TI-Nspire, you will find directions in the book on where to turn to update your calculator at no additional cost. If you have an older grayscale version of the TI-Nspire, it will only upgrade to version 3.9. With an older grayscale TI-Nspire, you can still take advantage of most, but not all, of the tutorials in this book.

Lucas Allen taught in the public high schools of Illinois for over a decade. He focused much of his effort into learning and teaching with the TI-Nspire, implementing it both into remedial math classes and advanced AP Calculus and AP Statistics courses. As the coach of the Morton High School math team, his coaching strategies with the TI-Nspire CAS have resulted in numerous trophies at the state finals, including the 2012 Illinois math team state championship. He blogs about mathematics technologies, including the TI-Nspire, at http://www.techpoweredmath.com



Understanding Swift: for C and C++ Programmers while having to learn as little Object-C as possible: Swift 2

by David Francis Curran

Now learning Swift 2 is easy for C and C++ Programmers.

You don’t need to understand Object-C to learn Swift anymore. What you do need is new way of thinking. This book is the key.

Swift is not a language that is intuitive for most C and C++ programmers. Swift is not Object-C. It is much more versatile, but the artifacts of Object-C make Swift a little more difficult to absorb.

This book gives the C and C++ programmer an introduction to Swift in which you will need to know very little about Object-C to get yourself to a place where you can write programs in the language.



Ruby scripting and black coffee: A Ruby scripting tutorial

by Malay Mandal

This is a Ruby scripting tutorial book. The teaching revolves around demonstrable examples, and case studies.

This is supposed to be a somewhat quick learning aid. Although in my view it has quiet a good coverage of basic Ruby features, from scripting point of view (not so much from object oriented point of view). It also (in my view) has a nice and quite detailed coverage of regular expressions, with explanations and examples. As a bonus (if I may say so) you will get a lot of ready made scripts, for some simple, and not so simple scripting tasks, which you can possibly use, with (hopefully) little or no changes, in some of your actual work.

This is not a reference level book on Ruby language itself. However, in my view, it discusses enough basic Ruby features – geared towards Ruby scripting, so that – for many ordinary scripting tasks, if you follow this book in earnest, you should not need another Ruby book.



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