“Cloud Computing,” by Michael Miller, covers one of the hottest new topics in computing. The cloud is

 essentially a home for web-based services and items. It can contain planning software, emails, contact lists, project management, pictures and videos, and pretty much anything you can think of.

The cloud itself can sort data by importance. An example of that can be seen on our web site:, where we have a list of column topics on the right-hand side of the home page. The cloud ranks the subjects by frequency, displaying keywords in different sizes. As the frequency of a topic increases, so does the size of the keyword describing that topic.

The main purpose of web-based applications is collaboration. Sometimes this raises security issues. The author deals with these problems and describes software that works well within the cloud. The book is $25 from

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