A new book demonstrating how your computer can improve your productivity and creativity

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Improve your productivity

Your computer can work better for you. This book will show you how by describing and demonstrating powerful but harder-to-discover features. Experience the magic of pattern-driven find/replace, unleash the command line, compose your first program in Python, and glimpse under the hood of a web app.

All examples use open-source software freely available on Macs, Windows, and Linux, meaning you can get started right away. Promotion imminent.

Get creative

Join the revolution in photography, publishing, music, podcasting, graphic design, movie production, animation, and so much more.

You already own a machine that can do cutting-edge production in all these areas, and the software behind it is just keystrokes away. Get started today with this broad guided tour of the power at hand. You’ll find yourself thinking: "Hey I could actually do that!" to your next great idea, and you’ll know what to do next.

Keep learning

Catch up on the latest security practices and tools, starting out with an orientation on the basics of home networking, password management, VPNs, and ad-blocking.

This book is written for everyday information workers, future computer whizzes looking for discovery, medical researchers with large datasets, graduate students with articles to publish, engineers sick of Excel, hobbyists, and retirees looking to keep up-to-date. It is not particularly intended for IT professionals, though they’d hopefully learn something too.

Some topics discussed

Password Managers • 2-factor authentication • Virtual machines • Package managers • Command line • Routers • QR codes • Port forwarding • Python • Pandas • Onion routing • Ad-blocking • PDF reordering • Flow charts • Regular Expressions • Time-lapses • Encryption • Column edit • Digital photo editing in RAW • Audio noise reduction • Vector graphics • Making websites • DJing • LaTeX publishing • Reference management • pandoc • git version control • Programming • Web apps • Self-hosting • Home automation • Monte Carlo • VPNs, • ImageMagick • Linear regression • ffmpeg • Sphinx • Robotics

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Written by a nuclear engineer

Nick Touran has a true passion for computers and a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan. He specializes in the design and analysis of advanced power plants, as well as in the development of computer systems that make designing and analyzing reactors efficient. His blog has been featured on Hackaday, and has topped Hacker News. He is also the founder of and enjoys discussing the finer aspects of computers with everyone.