Tuesday, 7 June 2022

[Book 67] The Mixed Martial Arts Handbook: The Insider's Guide to Fighting Techniques

Serial No.:- 67 

The Mixed Martial Arts Handbook

Category:- Informative Book (11. Sports and Games )

Book:- The Mixed Martial Arts Handbook: The Insider's Guide to Fighting Techniques

Author:- John Ritschel

Language:- English

Publisher:- Skyhorse; Illustrated edition

Published on:- January 27, 2010

No. of Pages:- 192

My after reading review (May 07, 2022):- As an Mixed Martial Arts learner I was finding a good complete book on MMA. I need to know the theory part also about the sport I am practicing. It good to have a clear understanding about the theory of any sport to practice it effectively. But unfortunately there is almost no good and complete book I have found in the market.
At last I find this one "The Mixed Martial Arts Handbook" by John Ritschel.

This is a good book and covers almost all topics (except a few - defence against striking, top mount and defence against top mount). I can't say it's in depth, but touches almost each topics. And the book comes with lots of clear colour pictures to demonstrate each and every moves.

The book covers standing fight, ground fight, transition between standing to ground - takedown and throw. The author also includes the overlapping areas such as stand-up grappling and striking on the ground.

There is not a single complete good book on this sport. Even this book is good but not complete. If the author would include the chapters on this three topics - defence against striking, top mount and defence against top mount, then it could be almost complete. That's the only complain I have against the author. He covers everything but why did he missed out to cover those important parts.

Whatever, overall this is great book for any MMA fighter who is practicing this sport.

Thank you.

 

 

Monday, 7 February 2022

[Book 66] Data Entry: Skillbuilding and Applications by Career Solutions Training Group

Serial No.:- 66

Data Entry: Skillbuilding and Applications

Category:- Informative Book (10. Education & Reference)

Book:- Data Entry: Skillbuilding and Applications

Author:- Career Solutions Training Group

Language:- English

Publisher:- South-Western; Pap/Cdr edition

Published on:- 26 January 2004

No. of Pages:- 432

My after reading review (February 07, 2022):- Everybody heard about data entry operator jobs. Most of then know that data entry means some typist and spreadsheet services. But, it's more than that. Data entry itself is a big umbrella. Under it, there are so many different services. Based on the working types we can divide data entry jobs into several classifications.
Such as -
1. Data Cleansing
Data Cleansing involves organizing information stored in databases so that it is accurate and up to date. Data cleansing helps with storing information in a correct way by removing inaccurate and duplicated information.  Another term for data cleansing is data scrubbing.
Tasks: CRM update, database follow up, researching information, removing duplicates, modifying information, correcting information, finding and removing errors, etc.
2. Data Processing
Data Processing means to collect and modify information in order to analyse it or use it later. Data Processing can be useful for storing information, analysing data, filtering data, reporting, etc. The main focus of data processing is to edit the data in a way that it serves a certain purpose.
Tasks: data extraction, data capturing, entering claims, accounting and figures data entry, database creating, photo or product editing, etc.  
3. Data Classification
Data classification is the process of organizing the data into categories based on the properties and characteristics of the items. Data classification helps to store the information by sorting it so that it can be easily accessed and filtered. Data classification is also useful for AI and Machine learning software.
Tasks: classifying data, sorting data into categories, data tagging, data annotation, data indexing, classifying business cards, product data entry, etc.
4. Data Conversion
Data conversion, as the name suggests, is the process of converting data from one format to another. The data can be converted from a hard copy to a digital format or from a digital format to another (from .jpg to .pdf, from .pdf to .xml, etc.) Data conversion can be manual or machine assisted.
Tasks: audio transcription, photo editing, data typing, copying information from hand-written notes, capturing data from photo formats, etc.

I got curious to learn more about each tasks. So I decided to read a good book on it. But there are not much good book on this topics. Most of them are only on some limited topics, say word processing and excel spreadsheets. I wanted to know more about Data Entry. And I heard about the book called "Data Entry: Skillbuilding and Applications". This is quiet old book, published in 2004. It's little bit outdated. but I heard that this book was the best data entry book back in the day. Now the book is out of print, and considered as a rare book. It's being sold on a few online books retail stores and with much higher price than it's original MRP.
So I bought from an online store with high price. But after reading this book, I am very much disappointed. The book is outdated, that's not it's problem. The main problem with this one is, it didn't cover anything about the entire data entry umbrella except data entry clark jobs with only form filling. Data entry is way more than just form filling. Also the author didn't use any office suite softwares to demonstrate the works. They design their own software, which is not popular, not industry standard and not good at all.
Such a waste of money.

 

 

Tuesday, 18 January 2022

[Book 65] How to Play Chess by Claire Summerscale

Serial No.:- 65 

How to Play Chess

Category:- Informative Book (11. Sports and Games)

Book:- How to Play Chess

Author:- Claire Summerscale

Language:- English

Publisher:- DK

Published on:- 11 October 2016

No. of Pages:- 72

My after reading review (January 19, 2022):- Aha ! What a Beautiful book. If you are also a book lover like me, you will surely understand what I mean by a beautiful book. Ah! The feeling of touching high quality glossy paper book with hard binding, the smell of new book, pages are fully colour printed, full of attractive beautiful rich colour illustrations alongside with well designed layout. If you also have a book collection hobby then it's a must have book in your bookshelf. It will definitely increase the value of your collection.

Also I am a big fan of DK publishers books. They maintain the quality of their books.


Now come to the Chess part. It's a must have rule book for any chess player. Our main problem is, we don't get time or partners to play chess regularly. When cousins come home to visit or family and relatives gather for a holiday, only then do we play chess for fun and time passes. 


Chess is full of complicated rules that after a long gap when we start playing we forgot some of the rules or get confused during a game. And we start quarreling about our different opinions on chess rules. 🤣 It happens so many times to us. 


So to get rid of this problem, I decided to buy a good chess rule book. But this book is probably the best rule book in the market. Anytime we have any doubts, we open up the book and clear our confusions. It gets very handy.


The book is divided into four sections - 

1. Section one is all about introducing the game of chess and starting position rules.

2. Section two contains all chess pieces and their moves rules.

3. Section three is the basics of winning your first games.

4. And in section four, some famous tricks to beat your opponent as well as how to defend yourself from your opponent's attacking moves.


Perfect, clear and easily understandable book for anyone who wants to get their hands dirty in the game of chess.






Friday, 1 October 2021

[Book 64] Adobe Illustrator CC Classroom in a Book (2019 release)

Serial No.:- 64 

Adobe Illustrator CC Classroom in a Book (2019 release)

Category:- Informative Book (9. Science , Computer & Technology)

Book:- Adobe Illustrator CC Classroom in a Book (2019 release)

Author:- Brian Wood

Language:- English

Publisher:- Adobe Press

Published on:- 1st edition (4 January 2019)

No. of Pages:- 480

My after reading review (October 01, 2021):- Adobe Illustrator is probably the most popular software to create vector graphics. It's an industry-standard professional adobe's software and it's leading the market for years. Illustrator is the second most important software for graphic designing after Photoshop and is very effective and powerful in terms of vector image designing.  Yes, you can do logo design, icons design, vector art design etc. with other software like Corel Draw, but I like the output of Illustrator. And I love working with Illustrator. I fell in love with this one when I first time opened it. But it's not easy to master the software as a beginner. You need to practice a lot and need to know some detailed stuff and tips and tricks to make the work easier. That's why I time to time revise my skills. It's a good idea to be up to date with the software you are working on. 

I am using the cc 2019 edition of Illustrator and I didn't update my application yet so I grab this 2019 release. I find the book very helpful. It covers almost everything you ever need to work with vector designs. The book is included with selection tools, basic shapes, shape builder tools, pathfinder, pen tool, drawing pencils, colour, type tool, layers, gradient, blends, patterns, brushes, clipping masks etc. The book is full of colour diagrams and well explained.



Saturday, 14 August 2021

[Book 63] How to Build and Design a Website using WordPress: A Step-by-Step Guide with Screenshots

Serial No.:- 63

Category:- Informative Book (9. Science , Computer & Technology)

Book:- How to Build and Design a Website using WordPress: A Step-by-Step Guide with Screenshots

Author:- William S Page

Language:- English

Publisher:- Independently Published

Published on:- 2020 edition (30 June 2020)

No. of Pages:- 278

My after reading review (August 14, 2021):-
"Technology makes our life easier". WordPress CMS (content management system) is a perfect example of this statement. Nowadays, online business is on a boom. Everyone wants to get their business to the next level. As the number of online small businesses is growing day by day, so the use of websites. Everyone needs a website for their branding, small business, local store, public figure etc. But not everybody is tech-savvy, not everybody knows how to code and how to build a website traditionally. The good news is you don't need to. Content management systems like WordPress makes it easy for everybody. Now without knowing any coding knowledge anyone is building their brand new professional website and building their online existence.

WordPress is an amazing open-source tool allowing its users to design their website on the front end. You just need a domain, a hosting service and a little bit of basic knowledge to install and run WordPress on the server. That's it. Your very own website is live now.

I am into 'online business for almost 7 years. But I never felt that I needed a business website. As time goes, my business is growing, so I think now it's time to get a site. As usual, before I jump into building my site, I like to grab a few basic knowledge to make sure not to make any mistakes. I prefer reading an instructional book in this case. I was finding a very basic level WordPress book, what the book is made for. The book is perfect for beginners. It's written in easy to understand language.

Also, it is designed for non-technical people. So anyone who wants to build his/her very own website must check this book out.

One drawback of this book is, it's a little bit over priced as a beginners level book.

Thank you.

 

 

 

Wednesday, 4 August 2021

[Book 62] Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2019 release)

Serial No.:- 62 

Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book
Category:- Informative Book (9. Science , Computer & Technology)


Book:- Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2019 release)

Author:- Andrew Faulkner and Conrad Chavez

Language:- English

Publisher:- Adobe Press

Published on:- 1st edition (10 January 2019)

No. of Pages:- 416

My after reading review (August 04, 2021):- Knowing a skill is not enough. Sometimes we must update our knowledge time to time. I am a graphic designer. I hold a diploma in graphic designing. So of course I know Adobe Photoshop. But it's better to recall my Photoshop skill sometimes. That's why I decided to revise my knowledge of Photoshop, reading this adobe's own Photoshop book classroom in a book cc 2019 edition. Since I am using adobe's cc 2019 versions, and I haven't upgrade my software package yet, I decided to read cc 2019 edition of some adobe's books. I decided to read 10 books of this series followed by Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Audition, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Animate, Dreamweaver, Xd and Lightroom. I just finished Adobe Photoshop Classroom In A Book (2019 release) and started reading Adobe Illustrator. So this is my after reading review of Adobe Photoshop.

Though this is great book to learn complete Photoshop in a single book, but it's not in depth and you cannot use it for reference book. Because Photoshop is so vast and so much to learn and do, you just can't expect anything from a 400 pages book. This book is great for beginner's to learn the software. The book covers everything one needs to start working on Photoshop - from layers to masking, colour correction to photo composition, typography etc. The book is full of clear and easy to understand colourful pictures. If you are new and want to learn this powerful photo editing, graphic designing software, then I highly recommend this book. But if you are intermediate or advanced level Photoshop user and want to be master in it, then you have to read other in depth books.

Overall it's one of the Adobe Press's great products. In is written in a great way so learner can easily catch any topics.

Thank for reading.



Thursday, 22 April 2021

[Book 61] Cryptocurrency Mining For Dummies by Tyler Bain and Peter Kent

Serial No.:- 61 

Cryptocurrency Mining For Dummies
Category:- Informative Book (9. Science , Computer & Technology)

Book:- Cryptocurrency Mining For Dummies

Author:- Tyler Bain and Peter Kent

Language:- English

Publisher:- For Dummies

Published on:- 1st edition (2 January 2020)

No. of Pages:- 368

My after reading review (April 22, 2021):-  Blockchain Technology is one of the most fascinating technologies ever invented in the early 21st century. It is going to change the world. I have been into Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency and Blockchain for almost over 2 to 3 years. However I have lost the early golden era of crypto mining back in those days when you were able to mine a decent amount of Bitcoin using your personal computer only. That time I didn’t know anything about Bitcoin. Nowadays you need costly and more powerful mining rigs to mine cryptocurrency. Though I am late to the party, I wanted to give a try in Bitcoin mining. But before I jumped into the field of crypto mining, I must first know the details about Bitcoin mining. So I started reading this book before I buy any rigs.

First of all this is a very helpful book. As usual dummies series books are great for beginners. If you are thinking about starting crypto mining, you must first be aware of what crypto mining is, how much initial capital is required, what is the electricity cost, is it still profitable or not.
To know all these types of stuff you must read a good book before you make any decision to invest. And this “Cryptocurrency Mining for Dummies” book is a great place to start. The book is divided into 5 main parts. Parts 1 is all about the basics of cryptocurrency. If you are new into that area, then this part is going to help you. In part 2 the evolution of cryptocurrency mining. Part 3 will educate you about how to start mining from the scratch and becoming a crypto miner. Pare 4 of the book is going to teach you about how to calculate the mining profitability. And last but not least, part 5 is full of valuable tips and tricks.

The book is a must read book for anyone who wants to start crypto mining. But after reading this book I find crypto mining is not so profitable anymore. Mining rigs are so costly that it may take years to get back your initial investment. Your profits are going to become minimal after subtracting electricity bills. If you decide to use solar energy then you have to invest another huge amount of money to install huge solar panels. Also it takes up a huge space. And the rigs are so noisy and generate huge amounts of heat. The profits are not sustainable as the value of cryptocurrencies are very volatile. Sometimes, it might run in a loss. So I decided not to mine. I didn’t find it much profitable, that doesn’t mean you also don’t find it profitable. And if you decide to start mining, then I highly suggest you read the book first.

Thanks for reading.