Cloud Computing in Easy Steps

Author: David Crookes
Publisher: In Easy Steps
Pages: 192
ISBN: 978-1840785326
Audience: Bewildered end users
Rating: 3.5
Reviewed by: Kay Ewbank


Cloud computing is one of those topics we all need to know about.

However, this book concentrates on the 'end user' aspects of using online data storage rather than anything aimed at business or technical users. While it isn't aimed at developers, it would be a good introduction to these aspects of the topic for any non-techie users or managers you need to work with.

 

 

Like all the Easy Steps titles, it is written in straightforward English, with lots of color illustrations. There are 15 short chapters, each covering an aspect of using the cloud or an app that lets you work with personal or 'desktop' level data in the cloud.

 

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The early chapters are aimed mainly at Google apps, looking first at how to create documents online, with coverage of presentations, spreadsheets, charts, forms, drawings and tables as well as traditional word processed documents. Crookes then moves on to Google Drive as an online storage location, before showing how to use Google Calendar to share your schedule online. A chapter on cloud printing is still Google dominated with coverage of Cloud Print, though Apple AirPrint and Printopia are also covered.
Microsoft is the next company Crookes covers, but only in terms of SkyDrive. He looks at how to open a SkyDrive account, sharing files, and working with the online versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint on SkyDrive. Next comes a chapter on Dropbox that mainly concentrates on the free options that give you up to 2GB of storage, and shows how to share files, folders and photo galleries. Similarly, the chapter on Apple iCloud covers the 'free' options where you have up to 5GB. The details show how to set up iCloud, using the Find my iPhone feature, and using iCal and Mail for contacts, calendar and email.
There is a chapter on making notes concentrates on Evernote, with examples showing how to use it on the various devices such as Blackberries and Androids, and this is followed by a chapter looking at using the SocialFolders app to let you back up info from social media such as Twitter and Facebook. The final group of chapters looks at task management with Remember the Milk, online images using Flickr, audio and video using Spotify, and cloud-based gaming using OnLive.
This isn't a book for 'get started with Azure or Amazon Web Services'; it's aimed purely at the bewildered end user. Overall, what is covered is described clearly, and might well help clarify the options for people wanting to get a better idea of how to use the new breed of apps such as Spotify and Dropbox.

 

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Pro Windows Phone 7 Development

Author: Rob Cameron
Publisher: Apress
Pages: 464
ISBN: 978-1430232193
Aimed at: "Pro" WP7 developers
Rating: 3
Pros: Some interesting material covered
Cons: Poor organisation, overlong examples, level varies
Reviewed by: Ian Elliot

 

What do you expect a book called "Pro" to tell you about?



Programming with the Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit

Author: David Catuhe
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Pages: 207
ISBN: 978-0735666818
Audience: C# programmers
Rating: 3.5
Reviewer: Mike James

Getting beyond the basics with Kinect can be a matter of a lot of knowledge applied with imagination. This book might provide a shortcut.


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