Issue No. 01 - January (2006 vol. 39)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MC.2006.11
Nanotechnology Applications to Telecommunications and Networking, Daniel Minoli. This book provides a thought-provoking perspective on how nanotechnology is poised to revolutionize the telecommunications, computing, and networking industries. The author discusses technologies that will lay the foundation for innovations such as nanomaterials with novel optical, electrical, and magnetic properties; faster and smaller nonsilicon-based chipsets, memory, and processors; and new-science computers based on quantum computing.
The book examines a broad range of nanotechnology science and considers basic concepts of nanotechnology and its applications; the essential physics and chemistry underlying nanotechnology science; and nanotubes, nanomaterials, and nanomaterial processing.
A detailed glossary clarifies unfamiliar terms and concepts. Appendices let readers delve further into the hardcore science, including nanoinstrumentation and quantum computing.
Wiley-Interscience; www.wiley.com; 0-471-71639-1; 487 pp.
The Software Development Edge: Essays on Managing Successful Projects, Joe Marasco. Collecting and updating his "Franklin's Kite" essays for The Rational Edge, this book brings the author's insights and humor to everything from modeling to scheduling and from team dynamics to compensation. Topics covered include how software projects resemble other projects—and how they're different; the iterative problem-solving clock; ending the day with real solutions; tradeoffs, estimating, project rhythm, and getting products out the door; and avoiding crises and mitigating them when they do happen.
Addison-Wesley; www.awprofessional.com; 0-32-132131-6; 336 pp.
Design Patterns in Communications Software, Linda Rising, editor. This compendium of design patterns in communication software includes contributions from leading patterns community experts.
Written for engineers and other professionals working in the field of communications software development, this book covers a wide range of topics, including all known, refereed patterns on the subject of software communications and telecommunications; fault-tolerant telecommunication system patterns; and using design patterns to build a framework for multimedia networking. Also included are a generative pattern language for distributed processing; patterns for logging diagnostic messages; a pattern language for improving the capacity of reactive systems; and a family of design patterns for application-level gateways.
Cambridge University Press; www.cambridge.org; 0-521-79040-9; 574 pp.
The Internet Upheaval: Raising Questions and Seeking Answers, Ingo Vogelsang and Benjamin M. Compaine, editors. At the beginning of 2000, the US economy enjoyed the longest period of sustained growth and economic prosperity in its history. This book explains that, in part, this phenomenon is a consequence of how information technologies, particularly the Internet, are upending fundamental economic and social structures.
The book explores some of the telecommunications policy ramifications of this upheaval. The first section addresses the complexities of adapting the First Amendment to the Internet, the debate over the taxation of e-commerce, and Internet users' attitudes toward online privacy. The second section looks at changes in traditional models used by economists, sociologists, and others to explain how the world works. The third section discusses the need for new economic models to deal with the rapidly changing competitive landscape. Finally, the fourth section examines economic and policy aspects of universal service.
MIT Press; mitpress.mit.edu; 0-262-22063-6; 456 pp.
Computer Evidence: Collection & Preservation, Christopher L.T. Brown. This book teaches law enforcement and computer forensics investigators how to identify, collect, and maintain digital artifacts to preserve their reliability for admission as evidence. The book focuses on collection and preservation because these two computer forensics phases are the most critical to evidence acceptance.
This author provides a practical field guide to evidence collection and preservation that will help maintain evidence acceptability; covers key areas such as rules of evidence, evidence dynamics, network topologies, collecting volatile data, imaging methodologies, and forensics labs and workstations; teaches criminal investigators everything they need to know to ensure the integrity of their digital evidence; and includes a CD-ROM with several demo and freeware software applications as well as document templates, worksheets, and references.
Charles River Media; www.charlesriver.com; 1-58450-405-6; 394 pp.