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The Fiefdom Syndrome: The Turf Battles That Undermine Careers and Companies - And How to Overcome Them
The Fiefdom Syndrome: The Turf Battles That Undermine Careers and Companies - And How to Overcome Them
by Robert Herbold
Edition: Hardcover
24 used & new from CDN$ 0.55

4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good read for C-level execs of start-ups, July 29 2005
There is a lot you can learn from this book and enjoy doing so. Having 15 years of IT experience, I agree with many aspects of what the author calls a "Fiefdom" (eg, individuals or groups that tend to isolate themselves from the larger organization under the cover of seemingly-superior management styles leading to the decline and end of an otherwise-good company). The author's experience (especially his tenure at Microsoft) is very interesting, but I somehow was not totally satisfied with his suggestions on how to overcome this problems. What sometimes the author sees as a fiefdom is actually not so if you take into consideration that not all countries go about doing business like an Western corporation. However, if you are an Western business and don't want to let your organizations structure and dynamics isolate you from the rest of the world outside (were a larger percentage of customers live) then this book is a great guide.

Life of Pi
Life of Pi
by Yann Martel
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 15.16
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23 internautes sur 27 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A superb adventure; A survivor-guide's companion!, Nov. 15 2002
Ce commentaire est de: Life of Pi (Paperback)
For many immigrants who arrived in Canada, a new life of economic prosperity seems to be the beacon that attracted them. However, for some smaller number of immigrants, like myself, arriving here felt like a happy chapter of a life mostly blanketed with sorrow, loneliness and utter helplessness. I had never read a book that related so well with my past. As you read it, you will be taken on an incredible adventure that out does many if not all "castaway" movies and stories you may have seen or read. We may have read about survivors floating on a lifeboat after loosing their entire family to a ship accident and encountering all kinds of terrible things and places, some funny some deadly. Here, it is not these that matter. What matters in Mr. Martel's “Life of Pi” is how can we all discover, like Martel’s young hero Piscene Molitor Patel (Pi) does, that deep in each of us there really is God, Allah, Yahweh, Love, Hope, Christianity, Islam, Szerelem (Hungarian), Sevgi ve Umut (Turkish), Amal (Arabic), Arzu (Farsi), or whatever else your label may be, its a Good Thing. As I started the book, excitement of a beautiful spring rain bathed my senses, as I turned to the last page, I wept tears of joy. I will read this book again. I recommend that you do too. You will be surprised how much goodness you have inside. Take this book with you on your next voyage (beyond your supermarket, city, town, country), it will not only keep you company like Richard Parker does Pi, but it well help you go on living even if life seems to have handed out it last thread of hope.

Windows 2000 Graphics API Black Book with CDROM
Windows 2000 Graphics API Black Book with CDROM
by Damon Chandler
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An essential book for every serious graphics developer, June 23 2001
This is a mammoth undertaking that was necessary in today's market of Windows-dominated graphics applications. This book may be too much for a beginner. However, for the serious graphics developer, this is a must-have reference and handbook all-in-one. Before seeing this book, my favourite hard-core computer graphics book was "Computer Graphics" by James D. Foley and Andries van Dam. This "black book" does an better job when it comes to the Microsoft Windows-specific approach of doing things. From page one it jumps into a direct explanation of topics. It cuts through the chase when it comes to developing high-performance applications. The examples are in C++ however as a Delphi developer, I used it effectively in a major project that involved both video capturing and image processing in the medical software industry.

Timeline
Timeline
by Michael Crichton
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 MC's pen is still very juicy!, March 26 2000
Ce commentaire est de: Timeline (Hardcover)
I usually don't devour a book of this size in three days. With this one, I did. If you have enjoyed his "Sphere" and "Congo", you will like this one. The middle parts of the book is a bit stuffy but the thrill speeds up towards the alst third of the book. This is the second time I witness MC's interest is "Authenticity" Try to rent his 1970s classic "Westworld" and compare. The way quantum physics is portrait is fun with the exclusion of the occasional $50 terms like: Orthogonal Multiverse Coordinate Change! You'll have fun finding this one out. I am glad to see the MC has still the gift to move us from into the realm of adventure fanstasy.

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