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Mary asks…

i need these books(give a download link)?

The definitive reference guide to VoiceXML by Adam Hocek and David Cuddihy.

Adam Hocek, David Cuddihy
Format: Paperback, 480pp.
Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Published: January 2003

VoiceXML 2.0 Developer’s Guide

Engineer your way to excellence! This professional resource explains in full detail how to build VoiceXML-based applications using real-world programs you can adapt for your own projects. The book includes three full-scale, enterprise-level applications complete with all source code.

The Staff of DreamTech Inc
Format: Paperback, 358pp.
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
Published: June 2002

VoiceXML: Introduction to Developing Speech Applications

VoiceXML excels at introducing the process of developing speech-enabled applications. With advice including how to phrase a prompt, how to specify grammar for recognizing the caller’s response to a prompt, and what to do if the caller does not respond appropriately, this text answers fundamental speech user-interface questions. Jim Larson’s book is well suited as a college textbook for students and a trade book for professionals developing speech applications.

James A. Larson
Format: Paperback, 336pp.
Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
Published: June 2002

VoiceXML: 10 Projects to Voice Enable Your Web Site

VoiceXML is rapidly becoming the de facto language standard for handling the transition from visual Web browsing to synthesized text-to-speech information access. This book provides Web designers, database managers, and systems designers with all the tools and templates they need to accomplish this transition in the least amount of time and at the lowest possible cost. Mark Miller walks readers step-by-step through ten real world applications-from statement of the problem through code examination, error checking, and deployment-to clearly demonstrate how to use currently available tools, techniques, and strategies for building Internet voice applications. Accompanying each applications project is a telephone number that allows readers to listen to, and interact with, an actual working example of the application.

Mark Miller
Format: Paperback, 400pp.
Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Published: March 2002

VoiceXML: Strategies and Techniques for Effective Voice Application Development with Voicexml 2.0 with CD-ROM

Providing insights that will help your company improve customer service quality and reduce costs, this informative reference manual introduces you to VoiceXML and serves as a practical programming resource for professional VoiceXML developers. You’ll learn how to create a VoiceXML development environment, and receive tutorials on topics such as VoiceXML 2.0 vendor-independent grammars and deployment options for successful voice applications. Two appendices contain the source code for field service case studies and various VoiceXML tips and tricks.

Chetan Sharma, Jeff Kunins
Format: Paperback, 496pp.
Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Published: December 2001
Edition Desc: Book & CD-ROM

Voice Enabling Web Applications: VoiceXML and Beyond

Ken Abbott’s Voice Enabling Web Applications: VoiceXML and Beyond is a comprehensive introduction to the syntax, concepts and strategies underlying the development of voice-based Internet applications. You’ll learn how VoiceXML (VXML) is the perfect candidate for creating voice-enabled applications, accomplished through a summary and comparative analysis of the roles both markup languages and user interfaces play in creating today’s Web architectures. You’ll be introduced to VXML syntax and programming concepts, quickly learning how to develop dynamic voice applications by following along with the creation of a voice-enabled personal information manager. You’ll also learn about Voice User Interface (VUI) design principles, gaining valuable insight into the techniques used to create efficient, user-friendly voice applications.

Ken Abbott
Format: Paperback, 256pp.
Publisher: APress L. P.
Published: November 2001
Edition Desc: Book & CD-ROM

The VoiceXML Handbook

Not a telephony expert? Not a Web expert? No problem, Bob covers all the background you’ll need: how the Web works, how telecom and computer telephony work, XML, voice browsers and more. Once you’ve understood the background, Bob starts with a “Hello, World” application–a VoiceXML page which answers the phone and speaks to you–then leads you step by step through all the features of VoiceXML, including VoiceXML 2.0.

Bob C. Edgar
Format: Paperback, 1st ed., 481pp.
Publisher: C M P Books
Published: March 2001

John answers:

Authors write books to make money. Textbook companies expect to make money too.

Anyone that copies books without the author’s permission is STEALING! The thief responsible can earn jail time and fines of $150,000 per book.

Sharon asks…


Palestine is considered by Christians as the Holy Land, where Jesus lived and taught. Jews also considered this the birth place of Judaism. The Arabs conquered this area in the 600s. Most Arabs were followers of Islam, or Muslims. The Arab leaders tolerated the Jewish and Christian religions. During the 1000s Seljuk Turks, a war- like people who had adopted the Muslim faith, conquered Palestine and begin attacking a part of the Byzantine Empire called the Asia Minor. The Byzantine emperor asked Pope Urban II for help when the Turks threatened the capital of the Byzantine Empire, Constantinople. The Crusades, the expeditions to regain the Holy Land began in 1096. The Crusades wore a cross of cloth on their clothing and were called crusaders, from the Latin word cruciata, meaning marked with a cross. Mainly people took up the request of the Pope to join the crusades, but not all did for religious reasons. Kings went in part to capture more land. Knights went for adventure; peasants went in hope of receiving land and freedom from service on the manor. Debtors who joined were relieved of all debts, criminals punishments were wiped away. All who joined were promised eternal life if they died while on the crusade.
The First Crusade

The First Crusade (1096-1099) was the only successful crusade. After a very long and hot trip across the Asia Minor in heavy armor and thick garments the crusaders received supplies and reinforcements from Italy as they neared Palestine. They easily captured Jerusalem by slaughtering the Muslims living there. For almost a century the Europeans successfully occupied this area, which they divided into four states.

The Second Crusade

The Second Crusade began in 1147. The Turks had captured Edessa, a European state and threatened Jerusalem. King Louis VII of France and the Holy Roman Emperor Conrad III led separate armies towards the Holy Land. Even when they joined forces near Jerusalem they were no match for the Turks.

The Third Crusade

Around 1187 Saladin, a Muslim leader recaptured Jerusalem. From 1189 to 1192 King Richard the Lion Hearted of England, Frederick Barbarossa of the Holy Roman Empire (HRE) and King Philip Augustus of France each led an army towards the Holy land from Europe. Barbarossa died and Philip retreated before reaching the Holy Land. Richard the Lion Hearted made no significant gains. He was able to negotiate with Saladin, however, and gain access for Christians to Jerusalem.

The Fourth Crusade

The Fourth Crusade caused Christians to fight Christians out of jealousy and frustration. The Western Europeans actually captured Constantinople and plundered the city. After approximately 50 years the Byzantines regained Constantinople, but eventually the empire fell to the Turks.

Results of the Crusades

•There was increased contact between Western Europe and the Middle East.

•Trade and commerce grew.

•Western Europe acquired goods such as sugar, rice, lemons, cotton, and other goods.

•New military strategies such as siege tactics, use of carrier pigeons, and the use of the crossbow.

•Banking and the use of money grew.

•New towns arose.

•The feudal manor declined and the power of the kings increased.

Please create two journal entries. For the first journal entry, you will write as if you are a Crusader. You should discuss the long journey it took for you to reach Jerusalem, your reasons for participating in the Crusades, and any fears you might have. For the second journal entry, you will take on the role of a Muslim living in the city of Jerusalem writing about the Crusaders and the attack on the city. Each part of the assignment should be a minimum of two paragraphs. You can create one journal entry or multiple journal entries for each individual.

Here are some links to get you started. Please note that some of these links are primary source documents.

•Medieval Crusades

•The Crusades (A lot of background)

•Fordham University’s A Christian/Moslem Debate of the 12th Century

•Fordham University’s Usmah Ibn Munqidh (1095-1188): Autobiography, excerpts on the Franks

John answers:

40 turks = 1 donkey

Lisa asks…

Can an MBA get you into government/politics?

I am a mechanical engineer starting an MBA at the University of Southern California in a few weeks. During my MBA, I’d like to switch into business strategy and sustainability to help influence enterprises to operate more efficiently. Problem is, it seems many MBAs and business-folk are solely about making money and rabid free trade, un-regulated capitalism. I am passionate about cleaning up corruption in businesses so they can profit while also better serving our community. I am actually sort of more moderate/protectionist with my views of business and trade, which makes me feel sort of like a rebel compared to all the aspiring entrepreuers and financial cats that I will meet in b-school. Long term, I think I’d like to get into working for the government perhaps as a policy maker, analyst or even taking a public office position. I wonder if I am choosing the right degree here, or would a JD better serve my talents/interests? I do see that many of our representatives including 2 senators from North Dakota went the MBA route and our previous president also held an MBA. USC b-school is top-tier, most of their grads go on to a variety of successful careers. Do you guys think this is the correct route for a guy passionate about changing the way we do business should take?

John answers:

You can try to go into politics with an MBA. But 90% of politicians have a law degree. You can try to be the exception.

Sandra asks…

Why do Conservatives identify Anarchism as right-wing when it’s obviously the opposite?

If one looks up Anarchism on the web, it’s ideology sounds anything but right-wing:

Anarchism will be created by the class struggle between the vast majority of society (the working class) and the tiny minority that currently rule. A successful revolution will require that anarchist ideas become the leading ideas within the working class. This will not happen spontaneously. Our role is to make anarchist ideas the leading ideas or as it is sometimes expressed to become a ‘leadership of ideas’.

We work within the trade unions as the major focus of our activity where this is a possibility. We therefore reject views that dismiss activity in the unions. Within them we fight for the democratic structures typical of anarcho – syndicalist unions like the 1930’s CNT. However the unions no matter how revolutionary cannot replace the need for anarchist political organisation(s).

We also see it as vital to work in struggles that happen outside the unions/workplace. These include struggles against particular oppressions, imperialism and indeed the struggles of the working class for a decent place and environment in which to live. Our general approach to these, like our approach to the unions is to involve ourselves wherever the greatest number are found and within this movement to promote anarchist methods of organisation involving direct democracy.

We actively oppose all manifestation of prejudice within the workers movement and identify working alongside those struggling against racism, sexism, [religious] sectarianism and homophobia as a priority. We see the success of a revolution and the success of the elimination of these oppressions after the revolution being determined by the building of such struggles in the pre- revolutionary period.

We oppose imperialism but put forward anarchism as an alternative goal to nationalism. We defend grass root anti-imperialist movements while arguing for an anarchist rather then nationalist strategy.

John answers:

Anarchy is no rules. Facism is total domination by a set of rules based on a powerful leader’s whims.

Anarchy is extreme left and Facism is extreme right.

It makes sense if you think about it. Liberals are all about independence and Conservatives are all about comforming to some pre-existing order.

Ken asks…

Should start-up companies be held responsible for being irresponsible with employees they hire?

Over the summer I worked for two different start-up companies. I was hired to head up their marketing efforts and failed miserably with both because of the unstructured dynamic of each. I’ve been successful in previous positions that I’ve held to lead the marketing efforts at the previous companies I’ve worked for.

The experience has shown me that I’m not the right fit to work for a fledgling company that is just getting their feet off the ground. I’m hired because of my experience, accomplishments and great references but with the last two experiences I’ve seen that these companies have wanted someone to come in and implement a solid strategy and structure but have fought any attempt at trying to organize the unorganized and dysfunction.

My last experience was working with a company that has been in business for 3 years and has had little to no growth. The two partners are constantly at each others throats, don’t speak to each other and speak badly about each other to me an employee who has been with the company for all of 3-months. There exists a lot of animosity between the two partners because I found out my first week that the boyfriend of the one partner used to simultaneously date the other partner.

Neither one of the partners comes to the office. The one partner is busy trying to run the company I work for in addition to trying to run 2 other businesses. She’s so indecisive it gives me whiplash because she agonizes over things to where it’s analysis paralysis and she introduced a new product during their last trade show that she has yet to figure out and launch and now it looks like the company doesn’t have any money because she’s spent over $100K on product development and the company has yet to gross $1 Million in sales. One of the partners spends without any thought to how it affects the business and the other is more frugal and doesn’t spend unless it’s absolutely necessary. They’ve spent thousands of dollars with consultants when they probably should have been seeking therapy. At least for the one partner.

The one partner is supposed to oversee product development but the last project that we did fell into my hands to figure out because she didn’t follow through on something she said she was going to take care of and then didn’t have the time to do it.

The owner has broken into hysterics over her new office being too small. She has also called frantically on a Sunday evening to ask where the lights are in the office. This is just a preview of what I’ve been experiencing.

As a professional I’ve hit some really rough spots during the economic down-turn and have taken positions that have offered in writing what were seemingly opportunities to support a new organization but in turn stepped into a cluster fck.

I’m just surprised the Dept. of Labor doesn’t hold these start-ups responsible for their actions or do they?

I’ve just recently submitted a complaint to the Labor board against a company that I worked very briefly for during the summer for being misclassified as an independent contractor just so they could benefit financially by avoiding payroll fees, etc. I also want to file a complaint against this recent company I worked for as well. Another co-worker succumbed to the same stress and pressure from the company and I’d like to ensure that these types of things are brought to the attention of the Labor board so that small businesses are held more responsible for their actions.

John answers:

You have a legitimate gripe about being miss-classified solely to avoid payroll taxes. However, stress and pressure in a small business is nothing that the Labor Board cares about. Small businesses, small start-ups are hectic. Some people love that type of environment, but most people do not. This is why an interview should be two sided. If you don’t have the personality to work in a small start up, you need to do the research ahead of time and figure that out. Just because your personality doesn’t mesh well with a corporate culture doesn’t mean it’s a complaint for the Labor Board. You just need to find a better fit in another company.

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