This reissued third edition of A User's Guide to View Camera introduces photographers to large-format cameras, covering their use with both film and digital capture. Readers will learn the anatomy of cameras with a separately adjustable back or front, the proper techniques for using view cameras, and how to take care of large-format cameras-all through straightforward and practical instruction and abundant visual examples. This latest edition features:
Digital communications is an elective course often taken as the second semester of an analog/digital sequence or as a follow-on course to communication systems.  This new text offers the most complete, up-to-date coverage available on the principles of digital communications, focusing on core principals and relating theory to practice wherever possible. Numerous examples, worked out in detail, have been included to help the reader develop an intuitive grasp of the theory. Topics covered include the sampling process, digital modulation techniques, error-control coding, robust quantization for pulse-code modulation, coding speech at low bit radio, information theoretic concepts, coding and computer communication. Because the book covers a broad range of topics in digital communications, it should satisfy a variety of backgrounds and interests. <p> <p> Simon Haykin is a leading author in the field of Communication Systems.  His Digital Communications from 1988 is a classic, but it is well above the level of today’s undergraduate.  Moreover, technology has advanced considerably in 20 years. This new book is designed to cover current technology and introduce principles at a level suitable for a senior elective at mainstream North American universities.  Co-author Mathini Sellathurai is on the faculty of Queen’s University, Belfast and author of the recent Wiley-IEEE monograph, <i>Space-Time Layered Information Processing for Wireless Communications</i>.
Readers met Charlene "Charlie" Goodnight Myers in the novella "A Christmas Cactus." Now Charlie is Mayor of Brangus, Texas. When a Hollywood movie company comes to town, the citizens of Brangus can't wait to get into the action. Movie stars, mysterious strangers and a cruel director show up to enliven the plot. When a local socialite is accused of the murder of one of the movie staff, Charlie recruits her friends to help solve the crime. Readers will recognize Darci Tenant, Charlie's wealthy best friend, and Manuela, now owner of "Cowgirls and Curls" beauty salon. The redoubtable Vessie Lou Culpepper and feisty Justine Longacre also pitch in to help find the killer. Along the way, Mayor Charlie works hard to take care of business for the zany eccentric citizens of Brangus.
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