Newton's Telecom Dictionary
Author: Harry Newton
Publisher: Telecom Library, Inc. ISBN: 0-936648-42-2
Reviewer: Phil Hughes
Newton bills his book as the “world's number 1 selling telecommunications dictionary”. This new edition weighs in at 1110 pages and is totally filled with computer and telecommunications terms. Although you probably won't be looking for everything in the book you can be fairly sure that what you are looking for is there.
For example, look under “error control protocols” and you will find a very good explanation of V.42, MNP and LAP-M stretching to about a page. Or look up “group 1, 2, 3, 3bis & 4” and get another one-page explanation of various FAX standards. I even found “pentium” in the book. I had to look for PEP, Telebit's proprietary modem protocol, to stump the book.
If it has anything mildly to do with telecommunications it seems to be in the book. That's the good news. But there's some bad news as well. First, the whole book is set in Helvetica type. This works ok for short definitions but it becomes just plain hard to read for longer explanations. The type face is fairly large so that isn't a serious problem, but Harry could have made a better book and saved a lot of paper by doing the work in a serifed face and smaller point size.
The second problem with the book is an assortment of small errors. For example, the 8088 is described as the 8-bit version of the 16-bit 8080. Most anyone knows the 16-bit cousin is the 8086, not the 8080, but such an error makes me nervous that there may be some real hidden “gotchas” hidden in the more technical information. The book even defines the 80387SX as the coprocessor for the 80385SX microprocessor. Yeah, we all know that this was supposed to be the 80386SX as the book has already said but, once again, simple typos like this scare me.
The bottom line? I think Newton's book is worth purchasing, but I hope the 7th edition addresses these concerns.
- Readers' Choice Awards 2013
- Linux Kernel News - November 2013
- Mars Needs Women
- Sublime Text: One Editor to Rule Them All?
- Raspberry Pi: the Perfect Home Server
- RSS Feeds
- December 2013 Issue of Linux Journal: Readers' Choice
- Tech Tip: Really Simple HTTP Server with Python
- IBM Will Minimize Impact of Future Disasters
- Linux Systems Administrator
- The kernel doesn't really
2 hours 59 min ago
3 hours 30 min ago
3 hours 30 min ago
5 hours 35 min ago
- This should be very helpful
6 hours 48 min ago
- As much as I share your point
9 hours 8 min ago
- So girls had it better ?
12 hours 40 min ago
- Reply to comment | Linux Journal
13 hours 33 sec ago
- why is GNOME 3 in the fifth position at 14.1 %?
18 hours 32 min ago
- Sublime Is Brilliant!
23 hours 35 min ago