Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Computer Hardware & DIY. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.
1. Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
How will artificial intelligence affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society, and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology - and there's nobody better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor who's helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial. How can we grow our prosperity through automation without leaving people lacking income or purpose? What career advice should we give today's kids? How can we make future AI systems more robust so that they do what we want without crashing, malfunctioning, or getting hacked? Should we fear an arms race in lethal autonomous weapons? Will machines eventually outsmart us at all tasks, replacing humans on the job market and perhaps altogether? Will AI help life flourish like never before or give us more power than we can handle? What sort of future do you want? This book empowers you to join what may be the most important conversation of our time. It doesn't shy away from the full range of viewpoints or from the most controversial issues - from superintelligence to meaning, consciousness, and the ultimate physical limits on life in the cosmos.
- Author: Max Tegmark
- Genre: Computers & Technology, Computer Science, AI & Machine Learning, Intelligence & Semantics
2. CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Tenth Edition (Exams 220-1001 & 220-1002)
Publisher's Note: Products purchased from Third Party sellers are not guaranteed by the publisher for quality, authenticity, or access to any online entitlements included with the product. This bestselling on-the-job reference and test preparation guide has been fully revised for the new 2019 CompTIA Core 1 and Core 2 CompTIA A+ exam objectives This fully revised and updated resource offers complete coverage of the latest release of CompTIA A+ exams 220-1001 & 220-1002. You'll find learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter, exam tips, practice exam questions, and in-depth explanations. Designed to help you pass the CompTIA A+ exams with ease, this definitive guide also serves as an essential on-the-job IT reference. Also includes a voucher coupon for a 10% discount on your CompTIA exams! Covers all exam topics, including how to: • Work with CPUs, RAM, BIOS, motherboards, power supplies, and other personal computer components • Install, configure, and maintain hard drives • Manage input devices and removable media • Set up, upgrade, and maintain all versions of Windows • Troubleshoot and fix computer problems • Install printers and other peripherals • Configure and secure mobile devices • Connect to the Internet • Set up wired and wireless networks • Protect your personal computer and your network • Implement virtualization and cloud-based technologies Online content includes: • Practice exams for 1001 & 1002 • More than one hour of free video training • TotalSim simulations of performance-based questions • Mike Meyers’ favorite PC tools and utilities Table of Contents: Chapter 1: Safety and Professionalism Chapter 2: The Visible Computer Chapter 3: CPUs Chapter 4: RAM Chapter 5: Firmware Chapter 6: Motherboards Chapter 7: Power Supplies Chapter 8: Mass Storage Technologies Chapter 9: Implementing Mass Storage Chapter 10: Essential Peripherals Chapter 11: Building a PC Chapter 12: Windows Under the Hood Chapter 13: Users, Groups, and Permissions Chapter 14: Maintaining and Optimizing Operating Systems Chapter 15: Working with the Command-Line Interface Chapter 16: Troubleshooting Operating Systems Chapter 17: Display Technologies Chapter 18: Essentials of Networking Chapter 19: Local Area Networking Chapter 20: Wireless Networking Chapter 21: The Internet Chapter 22: Virtualization Chapter 23: Portable Computing Chapter 24: Understanding Mobile Devices Chapter 25: Care and Feeding of Mobile Devices Chapter 26: Printers and Multifunction Devices Chapter 27: Securing Computers Chapter 28: Operational Procedures Appendix A: Mapping to the CompTIA A+ Objectives Glossary
- Author: Mike Meyers
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 10th edition (April 12, 2019)
- Genre: Computers & Technology, Hardware & DIY
- ISBN: 978-1260454031
- Dimensions: 9.06 x 7.48 x 2.36 inches
3. The Big Score: The Billion-Dollar Story of Silicon Valley
The only contemporary history of the birth of Silicon Valley―from the reporter who had a ringside seat to it all Over the past five decades, the tech industry has grown into one of the most important sectors of the global economy, and Silicon Valley--replete with sprawling office parks, sky-high rents, and countless self-made millionaires--is home to many of its key players. But the origins of Silicon Valley and the tech sector are much humbler. At a time when tech companies' influence continues to grow, The Big Score chronicles how they began. One of the first reporters on the tech industry beat at the San Jose Mercury-News , Michael S. Malone recounts the feverish efforts of young technologists and entrepreneurs to build something that would change the world--and score them a big payday. Starting with the birth of Hewlett-Packard in the 1930s, Malone illustrates how decades of technological innovation laid the foundation for the meteoric rise of the Valley in the 1970s. Drawing on exclusive, unvarnished interviews, Malone punctuates this history with incisive profiles of tech’s early luminaries--including Nobelist William Shockley and Apple's Steve Jobs--when they were struggling entrepreneurs working 18-hour days in their garages. And he plunges us into the darker side of the Valley, where espionage, drugs, hellish working conditions, and shocking betrayals shaped the paths for winners and losers in a booming industry. A decades-long story with individual sacrifice, ingenuity, and big money at its core, The Big Score recounts the history of today's most dynamic sector through its upstart beginnings.
- Author: Michael S. Malone
- Publisher: Stripe Press; Second edition (July 20, 2021)
- Genre: Computers & Technology, Hardware & DIY
- ISBN: 978-1953953162
4. Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words
Have you ever tried to learn more about some incredible thing, only to be frustrated by incomprehensible jargon? Randall Munroe is here to help. In Thing Explainer, he uses line drawings and only the thousand (or, rather, “ten hundred”) most common words to provide simple explanations for some of the most interesting stuff there is, including: food-heating radio boxes (microwaves) tall roads (bridges) computer buildings (datacenters) the shared space house (the International Space Station) the other worlds around the sun (the solar system) the big flat rocks we live on (tectonic plates) the pieces everything is made of (the periodic table) planes with turning wings (helicopters) boxes that make clothes smell better (washers and dryers) the bags of stuff inside you (cells) How do these things work? Where do they come from? What would life be like without them? And what would happen if we opened them up, heated them up, cooled them down, pointed them in a different direction, or pressed this button? In Thing Explainer, Munroe gives us the answers to these questions and so many more. Funny, interesting, and always understandable, this book is for anyone—age 5 to 105—who has ever wondered how things work, and why.
- Author: Randall Munroe
- Publisher: Mariner Books; Annotated edition (November 24, 2015)
- Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
- ISBN: 978-0544668256
- Dimensions: 9 x 0.59 x 13 inches
5. Sex, Race, and Robots: How to Be Human in the Age of AI
In the movies, robots can be terrifying. In reality, thinking machines are disrupting the world in ways that are even more disturbing than in Hollywood fantasies - but they also have the potential to change our lives for the better. In this stirring, visionary work, acclaimed roboticist Dr. Ayanna Howard explores how the tech world’s racial and sexual biases are infecting the next generation of Artificial Intelligence, with profoundly negative effects for humans of all genders and races. Drawing on cutting-edge research, and her own experience as one of the few Black women in the field of robotics, Dr. Howard shares how she navigated bias in her own coming-of-age as a roboticist. She also reveals how the world of computer programmers, which largely lacks women and Black people, is producing thinking machines that too often think like their flawed creators. The danger of bias in our AI-powered machines has never been greater. Governments are using supercomputers to track COVID-19 patients. AI is being employed to monitor Black Lives Matter protests. Voice recognition systems have been rolled out that can’t hear female voices. Dr. Howard delivers a stirring warning about the risks of AI and robots - but also offers an uplifting message about empowerment and where we need to go next.
- Author: Dr. Ayanna Howard
- Genre: Computers & Technology, Computer Science, AI & Machine Learning, Intelligence & Semantics
6. Internet Password Logbook (Cognac Leatherette): Keep track of: usernames, passwords, web addresses in one easy & organized location
Just say “no” to piles of sticky notes and scraps of paper with your passwords and logins! Keep track of them in this elegant, yet inconspicuous, alphabetically tabbed cognac leatherette notebook. In this 4” × 6” hardcover notebook with removable cover band, record the necessarily complex passwords and user login names required to thwart hackers . You’ll find: Internet password safety and naming tips A to Z tabbed pages with space to list website , username , and five passwords for each Dedicated pages to record software license information , with spaces for license number, purchase date, renewal date, and monthly fee Dedicated pages to record network settings and passwords, including for modem, router, WAN, LAN, and wireless A notes section with blank lined pages This internet password logbook provides an easy way to keep track of website addresses, usernames, and passwords in one discreet and convenient location.
- Author: Editors of Rock Point
- Publisher: Rock Point; Csm edition (March 10, 2016)
- Genre: Computers & Technology, Hardware & DIY
- ISBN: 978-1631061943
- Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.63 x 6.1 inches
7. Clean Architecture: A Craftsman's Guide to Software Structure and Design (Robert C. Martin Series)
Practical Software Architecture Solutions from the Legendary Robert C. Martin (“Uncle Bob”) By applying universal rules of software architecture, you can dramatically improve developer productivity throughout the life of any software system. Now, building upon the success of his best-selling books Clean Code and The Clean Coder, legendary software craftsman Robert C. Martin (“Uncle Bob”) reveals those rules and helps you apply them. Martin’s Clean Architecture doesn’t merely present options. Drawing on over a half-century of experience in software environments of every imaginable type, Martin tells you what choices to make and why they are critical to your success. As you’ve come to expect from Uncle Bob, this book is packed with direct, no-nonsense solutions for the real challenges you’ll face–the ones that will make or break your projects. Learn what software architects need to achieve–and core disciplines and practices for achieving it Master essential software design principles for addressing function, component separation, and data management See how programming paradigms impose discipline by restricting what developers can do Understand what’s critically important and what’s merely a “detail” Implement optimal, high-level structures for web, database, thick-client, console, and embedded applications Define appropriate boundaries and layers, and organize components and services See why designs and architectures go wrong, and how to prevent (or fix) these failures Clean Architecture is essential reading for every current or aspiring software architect, systems analyst, system designer, and software manager–and for every programmer who must execute someone else’s designs. Register your book for convenient access to downloads, updates, and/or corrections as they become available. See inside book for details.
- Author: Robert Martin
- Publisher: Pearson; 1st edition (September 10, 2017)
- Genre: Computers & Technology, Programming
- ISBN: 978-0134494166
- Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.9 x 9 inches
8. Excel 2021: The Key To Becoming an Excel Master in Less Than 30 Minutes a Day | A Complete Step-by-Step Guide from Beginner to Expert Thanks to Unique Smart Method + Practical Examples
Do you wish to perfect your Microsoft Excel knowledge to unlock its full range of functions, especially those that are most useful for individual users and businesses? And are you looking for a guide that will take away the guesswork from the whole process and even show you cool shortcuts that will save you your valuable time while making sure that you unlock functions you probably didn’t even think existed yet are very helpful? If you’ve answered YES, Let This Book Help You Understand Microsoft Excel Inside Out So You Can Make The Most Of What It Was Meant To Do! Microsoft Excel is powerful. That’s why it is a go-to tool for individuals and organizations around the world – because it supports functions that are useful for individual users and those that can be used for enterprise level processing. And if you see what anyone with a strong background in Microsoft Excel can do with the program, you will want to learn about it to streamline so many things in your life. But where do you start? What functions are most important for beginners? How do you use the different functions and make the most of them? How do you take your usage of the program to the next level so you move from just entering data and doing simple arithmetic to advanced computation that helps you make important decisions? If you have these and other related questions, this book is for you so keep reading. In it, you will discover: Why Excel is so important whether for work or work positions How to get started with Microsoft Excel, including how to create your first workbook Basic functions on MS Excel , including what are cells, how to select cells, how to start formulas, shortcuts and more How to make the most of different functions like Ctrl+C and Ctrl+Alt+V , creating columns and rows, selecting, activating and editing cells, formatting cells, how to format, searching workbooks, find, find and replace and more How to use the formula function on Excel , including some of the basic functions in Excel like additions, subtraction, multiplication, division and more The different Formula’s text, Logical's formula , counting functions including Concatenate, Textjoin, Left, Right, mid, trim, length, search, lower, upper, proper, IF, IFS, county, count and much more. How to make the most of Conditional formula functions like SUMIF, AVERAGE IF, SUMIFS, AVERAGEIFS, COUNTIFS, and MINIFS How you can use the date and time functions for your benefit, including Today, now, datediff, workday, networkdays, date, year, month, day, edate, and weekday How to manage errors with Excel using Iferror, Ifna, and aggregate functions The ins and outs of functions like sorting, grouping, filtering cells and merge cell How to make the most of conditional formatting to remove duplicates , and highlight duplicates The best way to use Pivot tables and charts in Excel And really...much more! What’s more – everything is clearly outlined and detailed to ensure that you unlock all the functions of Windows or Mac! Even if you are not tech savvy, this book will take away the guesswork so you feel confident about the whole process! Scroll up and click Buy Now With 1-Click or Buy Now to get started!
- Author: Eugene Gates
- Publisher: Independently published (May 29, 2021)
- Genre: Computers & Technology, Databases & Big Data
- ISBN: 979-8512063729
- Dimensions: 6 x 0.44 x 9 inches
9. Swipe to Unlock: The Primer on Technology and Business Strategy (Fast Forward Your Product Career: The Two Books Required to Land Any PM Job)
Authored by 3 Product Managers at Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, Swipe to Unlock is a comprehensive guide on the must-know concepts of technology and business strategy. It is a must-read for anyone pursuing product management, design, marketing, consulting or business strategy roles in the tech industry. ***Swipe to Unlock was updated in 2020 to include over 40 pages of new content to cover the latest developments in the world of tech.*** We highly recommend buying our book directly from Amazon rather than a third-party seller as it's the only way to ensure you get the latest version. This #1 Amazon Business Bestseller won a medal from the North American Book Awards and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal , Forbes , and Business Insider. Swipe to Unlock has been translated into 11 languages including Chinese, Korean, & Russian and was touted as "our generation's Rosetta Stone for enabling anyone to peer into the technology changing everyday life" by Jeremy Schifeling. Swipe to Unlock teaches you how to think like a technologist by answering real-world questions like: How does Spotify determine what songs to recommend to you? How did KaiOS become the third largest mobile operating system in just two years since launching? Why does Amazon offer free shipping with Prime if it loses them money? How did a single typo take down 20% of the internet? Why did Microsoft acquire LinkedIn? By breaking down questions like this, Swipe to Unlock gives you a peek under the hood of the technology you use every day, decodes tech's biggest buzzwords, and shows you how technology is changing the society we live in for better or for worse. Topics Covered: Software Development, Business Models & Strategies, Economics, Hacking & Security, Hardware & Robots, The Internet, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Technology Policy, Emerging Markets, Future Trends, and much more! Featured Companies: Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, Spotify, Uber, WeChat, Yelp, Tinder, Washington Post, Grab, Toyota, GoJek, Samsung, Salesforce, M-Pesa, Quora, KaiOS, Twitter, Tesla, ByteDance, Airbnb, Robinhood, Adobe, Alibaba, Netflix, Paytm, Target, and many more! Unlock the answers you need to ace your tech interviews or become a better-educated digital citizen. Buy Swipe to Unlock today to understand why it's the Top Gifted Technology Book of 2020!
- Author: Neel Mehta
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 20, 2017)
- Genre: Business & Money, Management & Leadership
- ISBN: 978-1976182198
- Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.87 x 8.5 inches
10. Shaping the Future of the Fourth Industrial Revolution
World Economic Forum Founder and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab offers a practical companion and field guide to his previous book, The Fourth Industrial Revolution . Today, technology is changing everything--how we relate to one another, the way we work, how our economies and goverments function, and even what it means to be human. One need not look hard to see how the incredible advances in artificial intelligence, cryptocurrencies, biotechnologies, and the internet of things are transforming society in unprecedented ways. But the Fourth Industrial Revolution is just beginning, says Schwab. And at a time of such tremendous uncertainty and such rapid change, he argues it's our actions as individuals and leaders that will determine the trajectory our future will take. We all have a responsibility - as citizens, businesses, and institutions - to work with the current of progress, not against it, to build a future that is ethical, inclusive, sustainable and prosperous. Drawing on contributions from 200 top experts in fields ranging from machine learning to geoengineering to nanotechnology, to data ethics, Schwab equips readers with the practical tools to leverage the technologies of the future to leave the world better, safer, and more resilient than we found it.
- Author: Klaus Schwab
- Publisher: Currency; Illustrated edition (November 6, 2018)
- Genre: Business & Money, Economics
- ISBN: 978-1984822611
- Dimensions: 6.34 x 1.01 x 9.54 inches