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TP-Link TL-WA901ND, 300Mbps Wireless N Access Point
TP-Link TL-WA901ND, 300Mbps Wireless N Access Point
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Starke Leistung, 18. Januar 2011
Gerät funktioniert hervorragend als 2.ter Access Point an FritzBox. Signalstärke dank der drei Antennen besser als FritzBox, auch in einem reinen g-Netz. Nach dem Einschalten funktioniert der Access point sofort,...

.. aber die Installation sollte tatsächlich so wie im Handbuch beschrieben vorgenommen werden. Ich habe gedacht, wenn der Access Point schon funktioniert, komme ich auch irgendwie an die Konfigurationsseite ran? Habe leider binnen einer Stunde keine Möglichkeit gefunden.

Man muss also tatsächlich erstmal manuell ein festes Netz am Laptop einrichten, dort den 901 anstöpseln, konfigurieren, und dann in die Welt entlassen. Das ginge wahrscheinlich auch komfortabler (daher nur 4 Punkte).


The Management Myth: Why the Experts Keep Getting It Wrong
The Management Myth: Why the Experts Keep Getting It Wrong
von Matthew Stewart
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Some science mixed with a good story, 23. August 2010
The book is an alternating mix of an analysis of management science and a personal story in the consulting business. The analysis shows (or tries to show) that the publications of several management gurus do not stand up to scientific standards and that some of their results and recommendations are simply made up. Yet, when this book shows how easily you can make up something in print, you wonder whether this book, too, is just made up. If it is, it is nevertheless very clever and entertaining.

The personal story makes reading much easier and the mixture of fact and fiction is well balanced. the author avoids all the simplifications and repetitions of many other books in this area. Instead, everything is presented with a sceptical mind set and a good dose of humor.

Highly recommended.
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Behringer U-Control UCA202 USB Audio Interface 2-in/2-out  (externe USB Soundkarte)
Behringer U-Control UCA202 USB Audio Interface 2-in/2-out (externe USB Soundkarte)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Problemlos, 14. Dezember 2009
Brauche das Teil, weil der Line Out der eingebauten Soundkarte grottenschlecht und verzerrt ist. Hab das Interface in Vista eingesteckt, plug-and-play funktioniert, macht die Karte gleich zum Default, und die Cinch-Ausgänge funktionieren. Klang ist unverzerrt. Weiter habe ich nichts getestet, soweit ist das Ding sein Geld wert.


Software Architecture: Foundations, Theory, and Practice
Software Architecture: Foundations, Theory, and Practice
von Richard N. Taylor
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Preis: EUR 117,41

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Comprehensive overview of the technical part of architecture, 1. Oktober 2009
Although a number of chapters are not yet completely refined (e.g., "Connectors" looks a little bit like a special topic, and "Domain-Specific Engineering" will need a revision very quickly as this area is very much under development), the book covers many important topics in a more structured way than other books.

You should, however, not expect any discussions of how to fit an architecture to user or organizational requirements or realities, this book is more about technical systems.

Recommended for every software engineering library.


Information Systems Development and Data Modeling: Conceptual and Philosophical Foundations
Information Systems Development and Data Modeling: Conceptual and Philosophical Foundations
von Rudy Hirschheim
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 58,20

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Somewhat old, but only 15 years, 1. Oktober 2009
This book leaves a somewhat mixed impression. Some parts are really dry and look like a thesis where material has been collected and sorted in detail. The authors try to separate the different philosophical schools (although there are actually many more schools than the authors can manage). You definitely need some background in philosophical thinking and also in information systems design methods (in the academic style), and still you will not have an easy or smooth read.

Some of the material also feels funny and very old-fashioned after only 14 years (the book is actually from 1995). The theories of information systems as a means to control the working class seem a little bit outdated at a time when call centers are regarded as an acceptable way to conduct business ;-)

What I love this book for is a few sentences here and there that state truths in a way that adds finesse to every scientific discussion. One good example:

"Practical applications of functionalism do not deal well with the ways in which humans create, negotiate and understand 'meaning', because functionalist approaches tend to adhere to some version of a denotational theory of meaning." (p.109)

For those not familiar with the terminology, I can translate it as follows:
"If you think that the words that you put into a specification document have a clearly defined meaning that is shared by all stakeholders, you are wrong." I much prefer the original sentence in style :-)

So, this book does contain a lot of important philosphical background to information systems design, which everybody should now about, as information systems design is only partially a technical problem. However, this information is not very accessible, and depending on your interest, you could as well give it fewer stars. Only buy it if you like academic style or if you have fun in working through weird terminology...


97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know
97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know
von Richard Monson-Haefel
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 22,95

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2.0 von 5 Sternen The problem of making a book out of Internet discussions..., 1. Oktober 2009
... is that it might not work. This one does not.

First of all, there is no structure and order in the 97 contributions. You cannot call this book "edited" at all in any traditional sense. Furthermore, many of the contributions are driven by very specific views, they do not distinguish between the different possible roles of an architect (sometimes the architect is regarded as the chief programmer, sometimes as the project manager).

Some of the contributions are also quite trivial. It is particularly frustrating if they mention a simple truth, but do not help you how to achieve it: Examples:

"Build Systems to be Zuhanden" (Heidegger term)
The message is that a system should be intuitive "like a hammer". It is not mentioned at all that this is difficult to achieve for all potential users (training, anyone?), and there is no mention at all how this ambitious goal should be achieved! Great advice for roughly 25 cent...

Same with "Learn a New Language", which recommends to talk to business people in their language about any technical problems. Well, if it's as easy.... but of course it is not, and there is no help in achieving another worthy goal (that can probably never be achieved unless both sides show a certain minimum of trust and cooperation).

Some of the contributions are interesting to read, but there is plenty of "information" and amusement at this level to be found in the Internet directly. If you read you books once and throw them away afterwards, this book would be a candidate...


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