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Real-World Bug Hunting: A Field Guide to Web Hacking
by Peter Yaworski



The word "hacker" has had a roller coaster of values placed on it. It has meant someone who gets into the nuts and bolts of something and tweaks it to make it different and better to someone who breaks into other people's stuff for malicious purposes. So the term "ethical hacker" has evolved to make sure that there is no confusion about the hacker's intentions. "Bug Bounties" are rewards for ethically discovering and reporting vulnerabilities to website owners.

See more in the Great Lakes Geek review of Real-World Bug Hunting


Bayesian Statistics the Fun Way: Understanding Statistics and Probability with Star Wars, LEGO, and Rubber Ducks
by Will Kurt



The title of this book may sound oxymoronic. To many, probability and statistics are not on their radar for fun. Mathematicians, engineers, data researches and the like don't need to be convinced. But as the author explains, everyday life is full of uncertainty. So marketers, salespeople, decision makers - just about everyone - can benefit from thinking about problems in a Bayesian way.

See more in the Great Lakes Geek review of Bayesian Statistics the Fun Way


A Beginner's Guide to 3D Modeling - A Guide to Autodesk Fusion 360
by Cameron Coward



In the not-so-distant past you needed a lot of money, equipment and training to do professional quality Computer Aided Design (CAD). Best of breed software like Autodesk's AutoCAD was very expensive - it currently costs $1610 for a 1 year subscription or $200 per monthly. The thought of being able to access or even own a 3D printer was a pipedream. But now, you can get Autodesk Fusion 360 for reasonable fees or even free. And you can get a 3D printer at Walmart for under $190!

So the software and hardware are available. The issue becomes training and that's where this book from no starch press comes in.

See why in the Great Lakes Geek review of A Beginner's Guide to 3D Modeling


Rootkits and Bootkits: Reversing Modern Malware
by Alex Matrosov



Malware and other threats are reported on and written about so ubiquitously that we tend to gloss over them. We have heard the advice 1,000 times - keep your system updated, don't click on unknown links, keep backups, etc. So another book on malware and other threats can be met with a yawn. But Rootkits and Bootkits: Reversing Modern Malware and Next Generation Threats from no starch press is different.

See why in the Great Lakes Geek review of Rootkits and Bootkits


Python Crash Course, 2nd Edition:A Hands-On, Project-Based Introduction to Programming
by Eric Matthes




The Manga Guide to Physiology
by Etsuro Tanaka and Keiko Koyama

Statistics Done Wrong
by Alex Reinhart

The Cartoon Introduction to Statistics
by Grady Klein and Alan Dabney

Feynman's Tips on Physics
Reflections, Advise, Insights, Practice, A Problem-Solving Supplement to the Feynman Lectures on Physics
Richard P. Feynman, Michael A. Gottlieb and Ralph Leighton

Tap Dancing to Work
Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966-2012
A Fortune Magazine Book. Collected and Expanded by Carol J. Loomis

Fashioning Technology:A DIY Intro to Smart Crafting
by Syuzi Pakhchyan

Encyclopedia of Electronic Components Volume 1
By Charles Platt

Leap of Reason: Managing to Outcomes in an Era of Scarcity
By Mario Morino

Fitness for Geeks: Real Science, Great Nutrition, and Good Health
By Bruce W. Perry

#tweetsmart: 25 Twitter Projects to Help You Build Your Community
By J. S. McDougall

The Manga Guide to Physics
By Hideo Nitta

Cooking for Geeks
Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food
by Jeff Potter

Immigrant, Inc:
Why Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Driving the New Economy (and how they will save the American worker)
by Richard Herman and Robert Smith

Windows 7 Up and Running: A Quick, Hands-On Introduction
by Wei-Meng Lee

The Geek Atlas: 128 Places where Science & Technology come alive
by John Graham-Cumming

Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea
by Charles Seife

Don't make me think!
A common sense approach to web usability
By Steve Krug

iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon
How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It
By Steve Wozniak with Gina Smith

A Grammar Book for You and I (Oops, Me)
All the Grammar You Need to Succeed in Life
By C. Edward Good

The Cat Who Walks Through Walls
By Robert A. Heinlein

Beyond Booked Solid
By Michael Port

Teach Yourself Advanced Sudoku and Kakuro
By Nick Afka Thomas

How: Why How We Do Anything Means Everything...in Business (and in Life)
By Dov Seidman

Release Your Brilliance: The 4 Steps to Transforming Your Life and Revealing Your Genius to the World
By Simon T. Bailey

The Physics of Superheroes
By James Kakalios

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
By Malcom Gladwell

Make Money, Not Excuses: Wake Up, Take Charge, and Overcome Your Financial Fears Forever
By Jean Chatzky

Astronomy Hacks: Tips and Tools for Observing the Night Sky
By Robert Thompson and Barbara Fritchman Thompson

Truth and Justice for Fun and Profit: Collected Reporting
By Michael Heaton

The Yiddish Policemen's Union
By Michael Chabon

Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything
By Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams

The Small Business Bible: Everything You Need To Know To Succeed In Your Small Business
By Steven D. Strauss

Send: The Essential Guide to Email for Office and Home
By David Shipley and Will Schwalbe

What Got You Here Won't Get You There
By Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter

Grant Writing for Dummies
By Bev Browning

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die
By Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Ulysses S. Grant (The American Presidents)
by Josiah Bunting III

It's Called Work for a Reason!: Your Success Is Your Own Damn Fault
by Larry Winget

The Man behind the Microchip. Robert Noyce and the Invention of Silicon Valley
by Leslie Berlin

Invisible Giants: The Empires of Cleveland's Van Sweringen Brothers
by Herbert H. Harwood Jr.

The Golden Ratio - The Story of Phi The World's Most Astonishing Number
by Mario Livio

The Prism and the Pendulum - The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments in Science
by Robert P. Crease

Moral Courage - Taking Action when your values are put to the test
by Rushworth M. Kidder

Who Says Elephants Canít Dance? - Inside IBMís Historic Turnaround
by Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.

Swimming Across, A Memoir
by Andrew S. Grove














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