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9/2/11 1:02 A

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My boyfriend says:

"I don't know about transistors or anything like that, really. But if he wants to know about truth tables or binary logic, he might consult a book on discrete mathematics. :-/ "

Also, as a librarian, if you search for a book on Amazon and bring the title and author to a library ask to do an "Inter-library Loan" (in the WorldCat catalog if they want you to be more specific). It's a national search and pretty much every library in the United States is connected to it, so there's a fair chance you'll be able to find a copy of anything you're looking for. My own library puts a restriction on borrowing books this way if they're less than a year old, but your library may be different. Also, if your library is truly terrible, sometimes libraries out of your county or state will still give you a card for free, so long as you have a library card in your county of residence/pay taxes there. So if you, say, find an expensive textbook in a bookstore or a title on Amazon that sounds helpful, hopefully these are some options to be able to get ahold of it.

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9/1/11 9:34 P

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he wanted us yesterday to grasp the basic idea of signals and waves, and we ended up going over frequency, amplitude, hertz, waves (naturally) and bandwidth--lots of making sure we knew how we could describe bandwidth in our own words to tell someone else about it (kinda our added homework activity and whatnot--hee hee)

but i'm sure he mentioned that these were things in computer engineering, so a good textbook reference there would help. he's also into making sure that we take a good look at the technology coming around the bend and how it works...why exactly i don't remember, but its on the tip of my brain.

so, any good books/textbooks on computer engineering, or authors to read about? i'm gonna dig around iTunes U and see if i find anything there (and please, nobody mention netflix...i don't use it and don't plan on it--got enough to go broke over already, and my local library is a joke--i will make a date tomorrow to browse the collection at my college campus, though)--sorry so mean, everybody has to mention those two items at some point, and it gets tiring saying the same thing at least 3 times a post

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9/1/11 4:26 A

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I agree, this is definitely rough and I can't think of anything either (doesn't help that English is not my native language) - but maybe you can give us more info? I think it would be easier to pin-point something if we know what are we searching for. For example, what's the subject of your assignment? Is there any sort of general course overview? I'll try my best to help!

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8/31/11 7:19 P

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Man- that is rough! Sorry, but I don't have any advice for you. Hopefully someone else will have some good pointers and book ideas.

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8/31/11 2:59 P

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Hey howdy there

I'm taking a course called "Technical foundations of digital media" and i'm already lost. not so much because of the instructor, but more the fact that i've got little to no background in basic computer stuff. I mean, things like how transistors work and binary code--I have powerpoint slides of his info that he gave out, but he went relatively bare bones about all this, as though we should still know this. I think he said something about "oh, this is high school geometry"--i think he meant algebra for one thing, and for another, its been over 10 years since i've taken a high school math course and while i'm reteaching myself, i'm sure i never hit truth tables and binary logic. the way he elaborated in class just a moment ago, i think its a part of computer engineering what he's teaching us.

I need a good foundation to work with so i can get the gist of this class, i think. I mean, he wants us to grasp the basic concepts of digital media's foundations, but what exactly does that entail. i'm a bit worried and i'm gonna end up postponing turning in my 2nd assignment because i don't know what i should be looking for really (sorry so vague, but its like i look for something, then i have to look up a term, then i have to go back and look up a term in that term, etc.)

Can you guys recommend me a great textbook or book that would help me out in this, to understand the basic functionality of computer technology so i can move on without having to backtrack over and over and over and over again? i need major help here, that's for sure. any ideas on texts would be great. i want to get it.

Edited by: PSYCHOJULES at: 8/31/2011 (18:16)
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