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    1. The Photoshop Elements 3 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices)
    by Scott Kelby
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    Asin: 0321269055
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-11)
    Publisher: New Riders Press
    Sales Rank: 1034
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    If you're ready for an Elements 3 book that breaks all the rules, this is it, because it does something for digital photographers that's never been done before--it cuts through the bull and shows you exactly "how to do it." It tells you, flat-out, which settings to use, when to use them, and why.

    This book is not a bunch of theory; it doesn't challenge you to come up with your own settings or figure things out on your own. It gives you the same settings used by some of the top digital pros, settings you can use today to get professional results you've always dreamed of.

    Plus, since this book is designed for photographers, it doesn't waste your time talking about how to frame a shot, setting your exposure, etc. and there's no talk which camera or printer to buy. It's all Elements, step-by-step, cover-to-cover in the only book of its kind, and you're gonna love it!

    Besides learning the inside tips and the tricks of the trade for correcting, editing, sharpening, retouching, and presenting your photos like a pro. You'll learn how to unlock the power of all the new Elements 3 features, including how to manage your photos using the new Organizer, how to use the new "pro tools" like the Healing Brush and the Shadow/Highlight controls, and how to master the new "Creation" section to take your photos to an entirely new level. Plus, you'll see it all step-by-step, in plain English, and you'll be absolutely amazed at how easy and effective these techniques are, once you know the secrets.

    You'll learn:

    • The secrets of how the pros retouch portraits
    • How to incorporate the amazing new features of Elements 3 into your work today!
    • How to color correct any photo without breaking a sweat (you'll be amazed at how they do it!)
    • How to repair and restore damaged photos
    • The sharpening techniques the pros really use (there's an entire chapter just on this!)
    • Dealing with common digital camera image problems, including removing noise and avoiding halos
    • When to use Quick Fix, and when to do to it yourself (using our step-by-step methods).
    • The most-requested photographic special effects
    • and much more!
    • But besides all that, this book has a "secret weapon" that makes it the most important, most useful Elements book yet. The reason is this--although Elements 3 offers some digital photography features Photoshop CS doesn't offer, there are plenty of features that Photoshop CS has, that Elements 3 still doesn't have (things like Layer Masking, Channel Mixer, etc.). But in this book, you'll learn some slick workarounds, cheats, and some fairly ingenious ways to replicate many of those Photoshop features from right within Elements.

      There's never been a book like it, and if you're a digital photographer using Photoshop Elements 3, this is the book you've been waiting for.

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    2. Apple Training Series : Mac OS X Tiger (Apple Training)
    by Robin Williams
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    Asin: 0321330226
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-28)
    Publisher: Peachpit Press
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    If you want to tame Mac OS X Tiger, but you want to do so in the comfort of your own home, this Apple-certified guide makes it possible! Now you can use the same curriculum that Apple uses at its own stores and training centers, but at your own pace and in front of your own computer! Best-selling author Robin Williams uses her trademark friendly teaching style to reveal exactly what you want to know: What's new in Tiger, what's great about it, and how can you get the most out of it fast! Focused lessons take you step-by-step through practical, real-world projects that teach Mac OS X Tiger inside and out. Covers everything from upgrading your Mac to Tiger and customizing and troubleshooting your system to all of Tiger's new goodies: configuring the spoken-user interface, audio and video messaging with multiple people at once, a Dashboard full of Widgets, the innovative Spotlight Search system, the enhanced Safari RSS browser, and more. ... Read more


    3. Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture
    by Martin Fowler
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    Asin: 0321127420
    Catlog: Book (2002-11-05)
    Publisher: Addison-Wesley Pub Co
    Sales Rank: 5114
    Average Customer Review: 4.35 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (37)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding work in the field
    I normally don't bother to write reviews, but some of the shallow ones I found here irritated me enough to write. I have been a developer, architect, and development manager. My latest project was a 100+ developer year enterprise application. Fowler clearly knows the field, he speaks with confidence of development experiences with projects that went live. I have no idea of what a newbie to enterprise application development would gain from this book. The DTO pattern, for example, is profoundly powerful and his representation of it is accurate, but he presents it in a casual, low-key way, and its significance might well escape the uninitiated. When you talk to programmers who only know the one thing they worked on you hear a naive, blind conviction in their voice, but when you read Fowler, you hear the weary lessons of hundreds of developers on dozens of large projects. If you are experienced, read chapter 8 first, then the patterns, then 1 - 7 if need be. If you are new, read chapter 8 first, then the patterns, then CODE the patterns a dozen times, then read the rest of the book. Fowler says you should read 1-8 then the patterns as needed, but I say the 8 pages of chapter 8 roll up the first seven chapters very nicely, and then please read all the patterns in associative order from your point of view.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Many pearls of wisdom but spoiled by poor edit quality
    This is the only book I have encountered that describes .NET patterns. This is particularly useful when attempting to gain an understanding of how application architectures differ between .NET and J2EE.
    The Java patterns are also very interesting, especially when compared with those described in the J2EE design pattern specific books. Note that this book might best be described as "Enterprise Design Patterns for non J2EE systems". Some of the patterns can be used to implement DAOs (perhaps for a BMP entity bean). Many others are not really J2EE compliant (eg Identity Map). To some extent, the patterns would only form part of the J2EE container implementation.
    (However, "Server Component Patterns" by Volter, Schmid and Wolff provides a better coverage of the design patterns applicable to the design of a J2EE container).
    This book would certainly be useful to any one wrestling with the "are EJBs useful" question. It provides an excellent description of all the issues that need to be resolved for an industrial strength implementation.

    Unfortunately, there are many edit problems.
    For example, The MVC text uses both presentation and view interchangably. In one sentence, a typo causes this to be confused with model ("Fundamentally presentation and view are about different concerns" pg 331)
    Other problems merely affect the sentence construction. (eg ".. and they people specialize in ..." pg331`)
    These problems are the only reason that I did not give a 5 star rating.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Design Patterns at the implementation level for J2EE, .NET
    This book is a little more implementation specific than the incredibly popular Gang of Four Design Patterns book. Many of the patterns, the Data Transfer Object pattern, for example, are fairly specific to the J2EE structural problem at hand. Other patterns, like the Lazy Load, are good architectural patterns on any platform. There is enough generic content to justify the purchase of the book for architects implementing on any platform (J2EE, .NET, PHP, etc.) but it does favor the two current platforms de jour; J2EE and .NET.

    One of the nice things about the book is how the code tends to de-emphasize the application container by doing most of the work in the raw database access systems (e.g. JDBC), which makes it easy to understand what is going on but will offend the true J2EE believer. This makes the patterns in the book accessible to anyone coding in any environment, which I greatly appreciate.

    One pet peeve is that some of the patterns are obvious shells for a single technique, such as the Transform View, which is really just XSLT. The text says as much, but shouldn't there be more than one example of a particular pattern in nature? It's just a pet peeve though, it's no reason to avoid the book.

    Overall, the book is well written and edited and the graphics add to the exposition but are not gratuitous. It's a useful guide for anyone looking to raise the level of the enterprise application (read web application) thought up to the next level.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Collection of Patterns for Modestly Large Systems
    Martin Fowler is a brand name for lucid ("UML distilled"), maturity enhancing ("Refactoring" for the practical side and the great "Analysis Patterns" for the modeling side) top notch books for software professionals. This book even has on its front cover a label telling us it is a "Martin Fowler Signature Book". This book was a disappointment. In the introduction Fowler claims much less. This book should be merely "useful". It is much better than that. It is good.

    So what is the problem? The title is misleading. It is about patterns, but not really about enterprise applications. I am not in the subject of enterprise applications. I never ever have touched a program like SAP or a language like COBOL. But I encountered nearly every problem addressed in the patterns. Even the money class has corresponding problems in other fields: a Voltage has both a value and a unit. Also having complaints about the fact that 3 times 33% are less than 100% are always common.

    What is this book about? It is basically about problems you have in moderately big applications. How do you connect a relational database with its structure and transactionality to a system, especially an object-oriented system (but not only)? And how do you connect to the user interface, especially a web interface. Also it contains a lot of useful small patterns at the end. As you can see: a lot of valuable stuff for many people. Yes and you get the deep judgments and fine humor of Martin Fowler too.

    What is the main problem? This book is not really suited for actual reading. It contains an introductory part of a hundred and a reference part of four hundred pages. The introduction part is annoying to read. It is at the same time too simple (Some knowledge of relational databases should be a requirement for this book, and much more...) and too difficult (An extremely lot of forward references to patterns described later in this book). Also a lot of stuff is in the most trivial sense repeated within a few pages distance only. And it is repeated down to the wording of the individual sentences.

    The reference part is a lot better. It gets better to read the further along you already read. The number of forward references gets less along the way. I liked especially the last part about base patterns. As their name already says they should have been much more to the beginning of the book.

    This book contains an excellent book within it, just waiting to be "refactored" out of this collection of valuable thoughts. I firmly believe that Martin Fowler is well suited to do this refactoring job. I do sincerely hope that he does it for the next edition of the book. Most of the work is already invested and the result would be very valuable for many people. It is possible to write excellent and readable books about patterns as for example Buschmann et al in "Pattern Oriented Software Architecture" showed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Everything Martin Fowler writes is 5 stars
    If you've read Refactoring or UML Distilled, or Planning XP, you won't be disappointed with this Fowler book. He's the clearest writer and thinker in the Agile/XP/Patterns group of authors.

    The book is particularly strong in describing how to map between a persistent relational database and an in-memory object representation of business logic. Fowler distills the various approaches to their essence, clearly presents the tradeoffs and defines an intuitive vocabulary to make it easier for development teams to discuss how the patterns apply to their unique application.

    Highly recommended. ... Read more


    4. iMovie HD & iDVD 5 : The Missing Manual (Missing Manual)
    by David Pogue
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    Asin: 0596100337
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-21)
    Publisher: O'Reilly
    Sales Rank: 1174
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    The latest versions of iMovie HD and iDVD 5 are, by far, the most robust moviemaking applications available to consumers today. But whether you're a professional or an amateur moviemaker eager to take advantage of the full capabilities of these applications, don't count on Apple documentation to make the cut. You need iMovie HD & iDVD 5: The Missing Manual, the objective authority on iMovie HD and iDVD 5.

    Even if you own a previous version of iMovie, the new feature-rich iMovie HD may well be impossible to resist. This video editing program now enables users to capture and edit widescreen High Definition Video (HDV) from the new generation of HDV camcorders, along with standard DV and the MPEG-4 video format. iMovie HD also includes "Magic iMovie" for making finished movies automatically. The feature does everything in one step--imports video into separate clips and adds titles, transitions, and music. The finished video is then ready for iDVD 5, which now includes 15 new themes with animated drop zones that can display video clips across DVD menus, just like the latest Hollywood DVDs.

    This witty and entertaining guide from celebrated author David Pogue not only details every step of iMovie HD video production--from choosing and using a digital camcorder to burning the finished work onto DVDs--but provides a firm grounding in basic film technique so that the quality of a video won't rely entirely on magic.

    iMovie HD & iDVD 5: The Missing Manual includes expert techniques and tricks for:

    • Capturing quality footage (including tips on composition, lighting, and even special-event filming)
    • Building your movie track, incorporating transitions and special effects, and adding narration, music, and sound
    • Working with picture files and QuickTime movies
    • Reaching your intended audience by exporting to tape, transferring iMovie to QuickTime, burning QuickTime-Movie CDs, and putting movies on the Web (and even on your cell phone!)
    • Using iDVD 5 to stylize and burn your DVD creation
    iMovie HD & iDVD 5: The Missing Manual--it's your moviemaking-made-easy guide. ... Read more

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
    Like the new iPhoto 5 Missing Manual, this one is in full color as well.

    What I liked best about this book is that it spends a majority of the time discussing how to take better shots, how to give the editing a more polished look, and generally how to improve your finished product.Along with showing you how to use iMovie, the book goes over when and why (or why not!) to use the varioustransitions and special effects.Always with an eye toward "professional techniques".

    All told, a must have book on iMovie HD.

    One thing I was looking for but couldn't find was some discussion on iMovie HD vs Final Cut Express HD - what the differences are, why I would use one or the other, when to upgrade advice, etc.

    Oh, yeah - the information on iDVD is also great - plenty of tips and tricks on getting the most out of iDVD.Once you get great looking movies, iDVD makes putting together a great looking DVD a snap.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent technical and content coverage
    This is an excellent guide to both of these applications. What I find particularly appealing is that the book doesn't just concentrate on the tech. It also teaches you about how to shoot good video and edit it well. So you can learn both the technique and the technology from a single source. That's the way it should be, and it's what makes this book so different from the rest.

    Of course all of the basics are covered. The graphics are possibly a little overused. But that's ok for a walkthrough book. The use color throughout certainly adds to the appeal. The writing is solid. It's not so funny as to be distracting or too clinical as to be dry.

    4-0 out of 5 stars very refined product
    The prolific David Pogue has come out with another book. This one explaining iMovie HD and iDVD, while supposedly bemoaning the lack of an official Apple printed manual. He goes into how Apple offers a very affordable digital movie editor to the general public. Not as intricate as Avid and its ilk, but far less expensive. En passant, iMovie (and this book) is another testament to the continued efficacy of Moore's Law, as massive functionalities become available at ever lower prices.

    iMovie is rather refined. Even in little things like how it periodically touches base with Apple's website, looking for a newer version of itself. If it finds such, then it offers you the choice of letting it download and install that version. For those of you who have struggled with finding out about, getting and installing other software updates, then you can appreciate this feature of iMovie.

    Sometimes though, Pogue lets slip a remark that may totally bemuse a non-American reader. As when he describes that iSight as being the size of a Hostess Ho-Ho. Come again? Someone reading this book in Chennai or Wuhan will be befuddled by this piquant Americanism.

    iMovie is shown in the text to be easy to use. At least after you have read the book. But there is one trait that Pogue accurately calls a blessing and a curse. Emptying the trash might not free up any space?! If it has portions of clips, but not the entire clips. This is one of those features that can cause much gnashing of teeth. ... Read more


    5. Color Confidence: The Digital Photographer's Guide to Color Management
    by Tim Grey, Sybex
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    Asin: 0782143164
    Catlog: Book (2004-03-19)
    Publisher: Sybex Inc
    Sales Rank: 12835
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Setting up a successful color management workflow is difficult, and attaining predictable results can be frustrating. "Color Confidence: The Digital Photographer's Guide to Color Management" is the only practical, results-oriented book that teaches you how to manage color effectively across devices (cameras & scanners, computers & monitors, and printers & other output devices) so that you can produce accurate, desirable color, every time. Highly respected digital imaging expert Tim Grey designed this accessible, striking book for busy photographers who want to get results quickly. He focuses on the essential concepts and practical information you need to make the best color decisions. Bottom line: this is a book no photographer should be without! ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Title Tells It All
    Some people shoot pictures with digital cameras, download them, print them up and are happy with whatever they get. Others complain if there is the least deviation in color between what they remember seeing and what gets printed up. It is at this latter group that "Color Confidence" is aimed.

    Tim Grey, the author, is a respected teacher of Photoshop techniques and is known to many for the Digital Darkroom Questions mailing list, which many digital photographers read on a daily basis.

    This book is aimed at a single issue in digital photography: how to make the output of the digital photography process, be it individual print, world-wide web, or printing press, match the color that the photographer visualized when he took a picture. Several years ago, when photographers were less sophisticated and happy with the ease of getting digital output, this was scarcely a question, but as digital photographers became more experienced (and as affordable techniques became available) more and more photographers began to ask why the output of their printers didn't look like their monitors. The field of color management was born.

    With a minimum of technical jargon, the author explains the nature of color. He then tells you how to establish color profiles for input devices, like cameras and scanners, processing devices like computers, and output devices like ink-jet printers, so that all of the devices in the digital darkroom pass on information about the digital photograph that will insure consistency. For computer software, Grey assumes the use of the industry standard, Photoshop. If you use some other image processing software, you will have to interpolate from Photoshop, or find some other source of color management information.

    If you read every word in this book, Grey might appear pedantic, because when he discusses using several different devices for a particular purpose, he will repeat many of the same instructions, word for word. But if you later pick up the book, while you are sitting at your computer, you know that what you are reading will be the whole story for the operation and tool that you are using, and that some important hint is not hidden elsewhere.

    I?ve long considered myself to be relatively savvy when it comes to color management. However, I picked up a few tips about along the way that clearly made the book worthwhile for me. For example, I understood the function of "soft-proofing" but never really developed a regular work process dealing with this technique. Then I read Grey's discussion and a light bulb went on.

    This is not exciting reading, but the author is clear and direct and moves the subject along quickly. If you need to learn about color management for digital photography, this is the book for you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Yes, one can print photos to be proud of.
    How many times have you been disappointed with your photos as displayed on the computer screen? Oftentimes they may look good on the screen but not so well once printed. Tim Grey, author of Sybex's latest book dedicated to digital enthusiasts, helps readers manipulate their digital images more efficiently so the desired output is achieved with minimal waste to your pocketbook and time. Readers are led step by step beginning with capturing color appropriately with digital cameras or properly adjusting scanners and their software to capture the best image. Outputting images, especially to your own printer, but also to professional print houses and to the web and E-mail is thoroughly reviewed. Significant discussion of techniques using advanced image manipulation software such as Photoshop is provided to help readers tweak color balance, brightness, contrast, and many other aspects to achieve the best possible image. Grey closes his book with a summary of the essential steps to achieve the best possible image. Though a CD or DVD is not included, numerous examples throughout the text well complement Grey's points.

    One text paragraph illustrates Grey's purpose in writing Color Confidence: "It is often tempting to adjust the image in Photoshop when the printed image doesn't match what you see on the monitor. For example, if the print comes out too magenta, you may be tempted to adjust the color balance in the image toward green to offset the magenta. The problem with this approach is that you are making the image itself intentionally inaccurate in an effort to produce accurate results for a single output condition. What happens when you print that same image with a different printer, ink, and paper combination? You'll have to find new ways to manipulate the image in an effort to produce an accurate print. In effect, you're chasing the print, trying to find just the right way to adjust the image to make it look wrong in just the right way so the print will look the way you want it to look. This is not a good way to work with your images."

    Though the publisher advertises Color Confidence as an intermediate text, I recommend to users of Photoshop Elements as well as Photoshop who want to improve the quality of their images, whether they plan output to the web or paper, to take a look at this book. This book is not for those content with the editing capabilities of iPhoto. However, after reading Color Confidence, iPhoto users might get the urge to use Photoshop Elements for image manipulation. Though I will never be a graphic artist, I look forward to reading the book again (too much information to absorb from one reading) to further advance my abilities to produce photographs for which I am proud to share.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great book, if you don't know what you're doing
    I know a lot of people who are totally lost when it comes to producing prints they like. A watercolor artist friend struggles with her Minolta 7i and Epson 2200, jumping through hoops and tweaking images in Photoshop and/or the printer driver. This book (along with monitor calibration) would solve her problems. The advice is comprehensible and comprehensive.
    I have been there and done that; owned two Epson 1200s using profiles and inks from a well-known source but never achieved success. If you have felt that pain, read this book.
    I subscribe to the author's free mailing list, and find that the accuracy of information in this book is actually better than that he provides online. Tim Grey knows his stuff, though (OT) he seems to be confused about imager size and depth of field.
    If you already calibrate your monitor, use accurate profiles for your paper/printer/ink, and such, the incremental knowledge you'll gain from this book will be modest. The workflow I use with my Epson 7600, Bill Atkinson profiles and Eye One Display are very similar to the author's recommendations. If you have gotten that far, you don't need Color Confidence.
    If what I just wrote is Greek to you, Color Confidence has the info to get you on the right track. Just be forewarned that you're going to have to fork over for monitor calibration tools or the books's suggestions won't do you much good. That will set you back 3-5 times the cost of the book. You may also have to invest in printer profiling, for $50-1,500 depending on how you approach it.
    I also own Real World Digital Photography, Second Edition, which was co-authored by Grey. I'd say that both of these are quite informative if you are a novice, but less so if you are reasonably advanced in digital imaging.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Color Confidence
    Most photographers agree entering the digital world can be very challenging. There is a vast amount of information to filter through. Tim Grey is an expert in that area and is up there with all the top guys in the digital world. I have personally attended one of his seminars and know for a fact that he is extremely knowledgable and most importantly a very good teacher. He has the ability to take a huge amount of information and put it into simple terms that can be understood. The topics he has covered in this book are all the critical steps that you need to know whether you start out with film or a digital capture. This book will clear up a lot of questions about working with digital images.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best yet for digital photographers
    I write reviews of books on Photoshop as part of my work, so I read a lot of them. This has to be the best I have come upon for the aspiring digital photographer. It is not for someone who just wants to take photos of their family at Disneyland, or at a wedding, but for photographers who want to get the best from their digital camera; this is a "must read." Mr. Grey describes what to do, why and what to expect, he carefully explains alternatives and warns about the pitfalls. The good illustrations reflect the attention to detail of the writing. It is clear, not too technical and very informative. You will need Photoshop to get the most from this book. If you care about your images, read this book. ... Read more


    6. iPhoto 5: Missing Manual
    by David Pogue, Derrick Story
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    Asin: 0596100345
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-25)
    Publisher: O'Reilly
    Sales Rank: 1239
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Our Missing Manual is hands-down the bestselling book on iPhoto. And now, updated to cover Apple's newest release, iPhoto 5: The Missing Manual comes fully loaded--and in full color--so you can exercise all the power, flexibility, and creativity of the stunning new iPhoto 5.

    Some of iPhoto 5's fifty new features are tiny nips and tucks, such as menu rewordings, quiet refinements, and secret keystrokes that take most people days to stumble through. Others are big-ticket overhauls aimed at both power users (RAW-file import and editing, color correction sliders, real-time histogram) and everyday shutterbugs (nested file folders, individual-photo control in slideshows, and a completely rewritten book-layout kit). Additional improvements include a robust search feature (similar to that of iTunes) and the addition of "objects" for slideshow and book projects (using objects, you can manipulate images without affecting pictures in your master library).

    iPhoto 5: The Missing Manual covers them all with the scrupulous objectivity, clever wit, and technical wisdom you count on from David Pogue along with the Mac and digital photography expertise of Derrick Story.

    Their authoritative guide starts out with a crash course on digital photography, complete with tutorials on buying a digital camera, composing brilliant photos in various situations (including sports photography, portraits, nighttime photography--even kid photography!) and making digital movies. iPhoto 5: The Missing Manual then launches into every detail of iPhoto, from camera-meets-Mac basics to storing, searching, and editing; from sharing your digital photography with the world (via customized slideshows--complete with iTunes soundtrack, if you like--prints, photo books, email, the Web, and even your network) to exporting to QuickTime and iDVD. And don't forget iPhoto "stunts," such as building custom screen savers and desktop backdrops; exporting pictures; making the most of plug-ins, add-ons, and beef-ups; using AppleScript; and managing files with backups, CDs, and photo libraries.

    iPhoto 5: The Missing Manual gives you everything you need to become the digital photographer extraordinaire you want to be. ... Read more

    Reviews (4)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Solid iPhoto walkthrough
    This is a solid book on iPhoto that walks through all of the basics, and throws in a few advanced tips. What I particularly like are the sections that cover how to take better photos in the first place and the sections that cover basic digital photography. That's important because the photography is an end-to-end process where iPhoto is just a piece.

    Excellent use of images and screenshots. Solid writing a good production value. Highly recommended for people looking to make iPhoto a central part of their digital photography workflow.

    5-0 out of 5 stars iPhoto 5 The Missing manual
    The book is a voluminous compendium which is at the same time concise in its handling of individual topics. I'm sure it will answer every question you could possibly have about iPhoto. The included Applescript Tricks are a super bonus - especially the one to Do Photoshop Action. At this price it's a no brainer.
    Will Bosch

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very handy for the amateur photographer
    Well, if you aren't a professional photographer, then you're an amateur one (or possibly, as my wife likes to remind me, an immature one).I'm assuming if you're thinking of picking up this book it is because you've already got iPhoto 5 and are a little mystified by some of the features.I've been using iPhoto from the beginning and it only gets better - as well as more complicated - with each release.

    If you don't already have a book on iPhoto - this is the one to get.I have the iPhoto 4 Missing Manual (and love it) as well - if you're still using iPhoto 4, you can still get this book as 90% of the information is still relevant.This book takes all the great stuff from the previous edition, adds color (that's reason enough to get this book, in my opinion) and goes into detail on the new features of iPhoto 5.

    The book goes beyond just a "how to" on iPhoto.It spends a few chapters going over digital cameras and the basics of taking good pictures.The information on iPhoto covers details that will satisfy both the beginner and advanced user.From simply importing and arranging your pictures to using AppleScript, iPhoto 5: The Missing Manual is hard to beat.

    4-0 out of 5 stars broader scope than Photoshop
    Catching the wave! As digital cameras and cameraphones have become common, so too has the need to handle an ever increasing inventory of photos. Which is why Apple offers iPhoto 5. The book shows how Apple has refined iPhoto into a coherent and easily used package.

    There are tips on taking these digital photos and for editing a photo with various enhancements. But of the book's 14 chapters, only one is on actual editing. These capabilities of iPhoto are adequate, but clearly inferior to Photoshop. iPhoto's emphasis is different. It focuses more on handling or managing large numbers of photos. Especially in making your own website of these. Plus doing the printing of photos.

    You have to admire Apple for what they've done here. Adobe's Photoshop dominates digital image editing. But rather than trying to fruitlessly match Photoshop, feature for feature, Apple broadened the scope of digital image usages to include the above tasks, and then went after a new customer base. Where Photoshop had no dominance. ... Read more


    7. iCon Steve Jobs : The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business
    by Jeffrey S.Young, William L.Simon
    list price: $24.95
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    Asin: 0471720836
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-13)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 234
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Lightning never strikes twice, but Steve Jobs has, transforming modern culture first with the Macintosh and more recently with the iPod. He has dazzled and delighted audiences with his Pixar movies. And he has bedeviled, destroyed, and demoralized hundreds of people along the way. Steve Jobs is the most interesting character of the digital age.

    What a long, strange journey it has been. With the mainstream success of the iPod, Pixar's string of hits and subsequent divorce from Disney, and Steve's triumphant return to Apple, his story is better than any fiction. Ten years after the leading maverick of the computer age and the king of digital cool, crashed from the height of Apple's meteoric rise, Steve Jobs rose from ashes in a Machiavellian coup that only he could have orchestrated-and has now become more famous than ever.

    In this encore to his classic 1987 unauthorized biography of Steve Jobs-a major bestseller- Jeffrey Young examines Jobs' remarkable resurgence, one of the most amazing business comeback stories in recent years. Drawing on a wide range of sources in Silicon Valley and Hollywood, he details how Jobs put Apple back on track, first with the iMac and then with the iPod, and traces Jobs' role in the remarkable rise of the Pixar animation studio, including his rancorous feud with Disney's Michael Eisner.

    • Written with insider scoops and no-holds-barred style
    • Based on hundreds of highly unauthorized interviews with Jobs' nearest and dearest
    • New information on the acrimonious parting between Eisner and Jobs, the personal vendetta behind the return to Apple, and the future of iPod and the music industry
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    5-0 out of 5 stars I Have a Very Favorable Opinion of Mr. Jobs Now
    After reading this book I have come away with a much more favorable opinion of Steve Jobs.He is the flawed hero type.I found this to be a very enlightening and motivating story.Steve Jobs is the epiteme of the New Age American Dream, a no hoper rising to the top and changing the way everybody sees things.

    The truth about the reality distortion field theory is that Jobs doesn't let reality affect him.Rather he is in control of his own reality and he changes it when necessary.It's much easier to change the world when you think it is revolving around you.It's that kind of self-centered focus that many of the world's greatest minds exhibit.Many geniuses are hard to get along with and communicate to, Steve Jobs is no exception.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Horrible Book Title
    I can't imagine the Apple folks being happy with the title of the book. Is it:

    a) iCon -- a symbol or emblem?
    b) iCon -- as in "I've conned you into buying a Mac."
    c) all of the above.

    Somebody's in trouble somewhere...

    5-0 out of 5 stars excellent sundeck reading
    While completing a website: www.linuxfree.net A friend pass this title along to me. Excellent read. Just five years ago Mac was just another bland corporate player. Since the inclusion of (smooth) well-developed and managed unix, the apple family has finally begun to stir well-deserved praise.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Lighten up, Steve.
    You would think, with all the fuss Steve Jobs is making about this new release, that it would be the worst hatchet job since "Wired" massacered the late John Bulushi.
    In actuality, the approach to the project was even-handed to a fault. William Simon brings his forminable experience with these business giant profiles to the table. His signature combination of terse and flavorful makes for excellent reading.
    As the episodes unfold, the Steve Jobs onion is peeled away for the reader to view the admirable along with the not-so-admirable. Great stuff!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
    I've long been intrigued by the Steve Jobs story as well as the early days of company-building and conflict between he and Bill Gates. This book is a real page-turner as it explores the connection between the technology, consumer-focused brand building and the psyche of the man behind it all. Jobs is a fascinating character and the author's representation of his story is better than fiction.

    Another new book I enjoyed recently which has fun analysis of public figures is "The Emotional Intelligence Quick Book." This one also has a cool online application that lets you test your emotional intelligence and learn about it via clips from movies. Fun stuff. ... Read more


    8. Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Panther Edition
    by David Pogue
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    Asin: 0596006152
    Catlog: Book (2003-12-01)
    Publisher: Pogue Press
    Sales Rank: 672
    Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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    With new material on practically every page, the latest update of David Pogue's best-selling title offers a wealth of detail on the all of the changes in Apple's Mac OS X 10.3, aka "Panther". Written with humor and technical insight characteristic of the Missing Manual series, the new edition covers everything from the all-new Finder to iChat AV--Apple's exciting tool for video conferencing. The book also deals with features under the hood, such as the Terminal and networking tools. Pogue, the renowned New York Times computer columnist, tackles his subject with scrupulous objectivity--revealing which new features work well and which do not. An authoritative book that will appeal to novices and experienced users alike. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Writing
    This is the third iteration of "Mac OSX: The Missing Manual", by David Pogue. It updates the contents to cover the new features and elements of OS 10.3, known as "Panther" which is touted as having 150 new features. I've already described the previous editions as representing the best of software manual writing and this edition continues that excellence.

    The format, structure, and graphical features are the same as the earlier editions, although this volume is a bit larger, at 763 pages, including index. All the important and most popular features of Panther are covered comprehensively, including the new Sidebar navigation feature, the Exposé application "launcher", FileVault encryption, the return of the Labels feature, and fast-user switching. The new applications are covered here also, like the built-in fax program, iChat AV, and the Font Book font manager.

    Pogue is best when he provides power-user tips and discloses hidden or little-known features of Panther. The nearly-obscure ColorSync control panel now illustrates gamut spaces in color profiles, for example, and he describes "Pixlet", a new video codec which is a lossless highly efficient video compression tool (supposedly designed for use by Pixar employees and associates only).

    Other little-known tidbits include descriptions and insights to some of the Developer tools on the XCode Tools CD . There is an OSX version of Simple Text which includes a sound-record feature, not available anywhere else in Panther or in OSX applications, with the exception of iMovie. A special feature is the addition of mini-manuals on Safari and the iLife applications - iMovie, iPhoto, iChat, and iTunes.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Pogue delivers again
    If you have read any of the Missing Manual book series, particularly ones by David Pogue (on OSX 10.1&2, iMovie, iPhoto, Switching to the Mac), you might expect this OS X Panther Edition to cover all aspects of Apple's newest operating system in depth, to offer plenty of tips not only about what the system and its programs do but why you might want to use them, to provide tips about undocumented features, to suggest additional resources including books, web sites, and news groups, and to employ a writing style that is clear and humorous without being condescending or smug. That's a lot to ask of any book, let alone a computer manual. Pogue delivers all of it. Maybe that's why he's "the #1 bestselling Macintosh author" (back cover). In fact, if all you want to know is whether to buy this book--and you do need a manual if you expect to learn how best to use your Mac--, here's the answer: yes.

    Here's a short list of reasons you'll want this book. Apple claims Panther has 150 new features, but Pogue says this is actually an undercount (2), and says about his book there's not "a single page that hasn't changed since the last edition" (7), which covered 10.1 and 10.2. While reading the book, I marked over 50 new features that are important to my workstyle, but in the interests of brevity, these are the ones most likely to appeal to all users. Panther has a new sidebar to complement the dock (18-20); Filevault can encrypt and decrypt your account transparently (363-66); window management is much easier with Exposé (124-28); servers and shared folders--even from PCs--appear automatically in the sidebar (18, 22, 397); Safari is improved and installed as the default browser (640-51); Text Edit can open and save Microsoft Word format, though not footnotes, unfortunately (311); Image Capture can work over a network, and can control scanners and web cams (275-76); Preview works much faster and can search and copy text from PDF files AND can open raw Postscript files, which means they can be saved as PDFs that can be printed at clear resolutions on cheapo inkjet printers (297, 435); print dialog boxes now offer saving as pure Postscript (427); color labels for files/folders are back from OS 9 (74); all menus, dialog boxes, and the dock now can be controlled from the keyboard (18, 138); Digital Color Meter can grab color values from images and web pages (316); Font Book allows you to form sets that you can turn on and off as needed (436-42); the calculator finally acquires scientific capabilities, a "paper" tape, and performs conversions (263, 331); Disk Utility now offers the option to clone a hard drive--good news for people in charge of Mac labs (317-18), and it can burn multiple sessions on a CD (340); faxing is now built in (431-35); GIMP-Print is included, a Unix collection of print drivers for scads of older printers (421); Virtual Private Networking to connect to corporate networks is much improved; Mail has at least nine major improvements, including seamless cooperation with Microsoft's Exchange Server; iChatAV is free along with a free iChatAV account at .Mac is (615-16).

    Oh, and the default volume format for hard drives is journaled (692) for better troubleshooting, and for security Panther redoes group designations for user accounts (407, 511) and adds a master password that sits between administrator privileges and root (365, 376). If anything in that last sentence is foreign to you, that's another reason to buy this book. Also, Panther permits scheduling of print jobs (427)--a big boon on networks--and of unattended startup and shutdown (241). It even includes the ability to Zip and unZip files (94), and to clone your .Mac iDisk on your hard drive (564) for greater speed. Overall, it's also faster than previous versions.

    The book now contains mini-manuals for iDVD, iMovie, iPhoto, and iTunes, even though the Missing Manual series has book treatments of each. Of course, the Panther book skips all the tips, tricks, and resources for these programs, but it has enough to get you going successfully. And the appendixes include installation (A), troubleshooting (B), and "secret keystroke list" (F).

    Also, the book is fun to read. Pogue's style faintly resembles that of Miami Herald columnist Dave Barry. For example, in his discussion of AppleScript Studio (216), his aside is "ASS for short--how did that one get past Marketing?"

    All is not perfect, however. Grammar snafus occur about one per 100 pages (!) and of five factual errors, only one (583) is really confusing because it refers to a picture that doesn't exist in the text (although what you're supposed to see has just been explained clearly). And two discussions confused me: about Firewire networks (390ff) and about command-line (Unix) file searching (518). But another benefit of the Missing Manual series is that once I've reported these miscues to Pogue, they'll be incorporated into subsequent printings of the book. Pogue pledges (9) to keep the book current with Apple's continuing updates of 10.3 (this printing [11] covers through 10.3.2), and to keep errata lists--along with much of the software mentioned in the book--on the website (www.missingmanuals.com). My previous experience with six other books in this series suggests that Pogue will indeed keep book and web site updated.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I would actually give more than 5 stars for this!
    You know what? English is not my first language, but I speak it fluently. For people like me it is quite annoying when the writer is using "synonyms" option in their word processing program every time just to look coooool... Here:
    1. When I saw this book I said when I opened the package - "Oh my God!" It was huge!
    2. I opened it, and instantly felt a deep feeling of appreciation for an ease of use. David - thank you for valuing MY TIME!
    3. It is funny in many places! What a relief!! Entertaining and useful at the same time.
    4. It explains everything! C'mon! I was reading some picture manual recently and it was really hard! I got lost after Chapter 1 (with all cool looking pictures around)...
    5. Just buy it - trust me, it's worth every dollar you invest.
    And finally....
    Mac Rules!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Easy to Understand Computer Book
    I reference this book again and again, in fact it's been able to answer all the questions I've had with Panther. If only I had found out about this book as soon as my Dad upgraded my iBook, it would have saved many a headache!

    My problem with most computer "how to" books is that I either can't understand them or they are written for "dummys". This book, however, is written in an easy to follow style and uses simple language.

    I recommend this book to anyone who has upgraded to Panther, is thinking of upgrading to Panther, or may some day in the future upgrade to Panther. It's just that good!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another home run from David Pogue
    I'm pretty experienced with OS X, but I knew there were a lot of changes with Panther, so I figured this book was a good buy. I've read previous "Missing Manual" stuff by Pogue (as well as some of his other books) and went into this one expecting no less.

    And I was not disappointed.

    I've been using Panther now since November, and picked up this book at the same time. And it still sits on my desk as a reference, because I haven't been able to commit all the tips and help to memory. This is also a pretty good book for users new to OS X, but as an experienced user, Pogue points out all the little tips and tricks that make OS X a dream to use. ... Read more


    9. The Macintosh iLife '05: An Interactive Guide to iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, and GarageBand
    by Jim Heid
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    Asin: 0321335376
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-07)
    Publisher: Peachpit Press
    Sales Rank: 4425
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    The first and best book about iLife is back—and better than ever! Since its debut two years ago, Apple’s iLife suite has provided userswith a way to organize, produce, and share their digital media, whetherthey’re editing and emailing digital photos, burning home movies toDVD, or creating a CD of original songs.Apple's newest revision of thissoftware— iLife' 05—includes new versions of iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, andGarageBand. and all four programs—along with iTunes—work togetherbetter than ever.

    Here to explain how it all works is  The Macintosh iLife '05, a completely revised and expanded edition of Jim Heid's bestselling book/DVD on Apple's revolutionary digital media studio.

    This lavishly illustrated handbook and a two-hour instructional DVDcombine to create the ideal iLife learning experience. Its innovative,full-color design puts everything you need to know about iLife anddigital media at your fingertips. Each two-page spread is aself-contained tutorial or set of tips on a specific subject, allwritten in the friendly writing style that has made Jim Heid one of themost admired writers and instructors in the Mac community. Along theway, you'll find plenty of screenshots, diagrams, and easy-to-followinstructions to guide you through the steps.You'll also findinformationt shows you how to do more with your Mac—Jim Heid covers thelatest iPod models and accessories, offers tips on using microphones tocreate better sounds for your iMovie and GarageBand creations, andprovides useful advice on how to convert your old tapes and albums to adigital format.

    The companion DVD has been completely updatedfor iLife '05, and contains two hours of video instruction on all fiveiLife applications. Watch over Jim Heid's shoulder as he creates iLifeprojects ranging from photo books to home movies (complete with soundeffects and transitions)  to original GarageBand compositions. TheDVD also includes software, GarageBand loops, and more. Soon you'llfind yourself eager to create compelling iLife projects of your own.Inspiration guaranteed.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars David Weeks MyMac.com Book Review
    The short version of this review is "If you want a great book that splendidly covers all the iLife '05 applications, don't ask questions, just buy this book."

    If you want the long version, read on.

    Just over a year ago, I reviewed the previous version of Jim Heid's The Macintosh iLife, and gave it high marks.

    The new edition, which covers the recent updates to Apple's iLife suite (iPhoto, iMovieHD, iDVD, Garageband, and iTunes/iPod) is even better than its predecessor, if that's possible.

    Jim Heid has been writing and teaching about the iLife applications for quite a while, and his expertise is visible on every page.

    Each application gets plenty of coverage, but Heid balances space between the fundamentals and advanced (yet not-too-demanding) tips. I've been using the iLife applications (Garageband excepted) since the were first released, and I was very pleasantly surprised to find that there are more good tips and tricks still to learn.

    New digital photographers and moviemakers will appreciate the review of the fundamentals of crafting good pictures and movies. If you're past that stage, skip right into the Tips section. Heid includes links to more detailed reference material in the text, in case you wish to delve deeper into the mysteries of digital photo, movie, or music making.

    The new features in the iLife applications are covered in detail, especially the new procedures for creating photo books in iPhoto 5, and the ins-and-outs of high definition video when using iMovieHD. If you don't start making more photo books after learning how much easier they are with iPhoto 5, you need a stern talking-to.

    The production values are as good as ever; The Macintosh iLife '05 is big and pretty. The DVD will appeal to those who learn best by watching, as opposed to reading. I watched the entire DVD, and was again impressed by the completely professional presentation and useful content. Several freeware and demoware applications are included on the DVD, along with a collection of GarageBand loops and a set of iTunes AppleScripts from AppleScriptmeister Doug Adams.

    The book's price has gone up by $5.00, but what hasn't? For your extra five-spot you get 70 more pages and 45 more DVD minutes. This is money well spent.

    You can easily find individual books on iLife apps that go into greater detail, but The Macintosh iLife '05 is the best all-around book on iLife that I've read; great for novices and intermediate users both.

    Most highly recommended.

    MyMac rating 5 out of 5 ... Read more


    10. Apple Pro Training Series : Advanced Logic Pro 7 (Apple Pro Training)
    by David Dvorin
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    Asin: 0321256077
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-08)
    Publisher: Peachpit Press
    Sales Rank: 194010
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    If you want to do more than simply use Logic to improve the audio in your video projects-if you want to start actually creating and producing music with it-this Apple-certified guide provides the key. Whether you're a composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, studio programmer or simply want to create and produce pro-quality music in your Logic-based home studio, you'll find all the self-paced, step-by-step instruction you need here to begin creating your audio master works immediately. As both a professional musician and a former employee of eMagic and Apple (the former and current makers of the software), author David Dvorin knows Logic like no one else. Here, he uses project-based tutorials to reveal all of its secrets, including its newest: advanced DSP techniques and the ability to layer MIDI instruments and split channels. In short order you'll be scoring and composing; jamming with Logic's software instruments; employing advanced mixing, editing, and production techniques; and more. A companion CD includes trial software and the lesson files needed to complete the book's exercises.

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    11. MySQL Cookbook
    by Paul DuBois
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    Asin: 0596001452
    Catlog: Book (2002-11)
    Publisher: O'Reilly
    Sales Rank: 10391
    Average Customer Review: 4.71 out of 5 stars
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    Good programming--which is to say, programming that yields both efficient code and a profitable life for the programmer--depends on not reinventing the wheel. If someone else has solved the problem you're facing (and someone almost always has), you'd be foolish to waste your energy figuring out your own solution. MySQL Cookbook presents solutions to scores of problems related to the MySQL database server. Readers stand a good chance of finding a ready-made solution to problems such as querying databases, validating and formatting data, importing and exporting values, and using advanced features like session tracking and transactions. Paul DuBois has done a great job assembling efficient solutions to common database programming problems, andteaches his readers a lot about MySQL and its attendant APIs in the process.

    DuBois organizes his cookbook's recipes into sections on the problem, the solution stated simply, and the solution implemented in code and discussed. The implementation and discussion sections are the most valuable, as they contain the command sequences, code listings, and design explanations that can be transferred to outside projects. The main gripe readers will have about MySQL Cookbook is that the author, in his effort to cover the range of MySQL-friendly programming languages, uses different languages in his solutions to various problems. You'll see a Perl solution to one programming challenge (Perl, in fact, is the most frequently used language, followed by PHP), a Python fix for the next, and a Java sample after that. Readers have to hope that they find a solution in the language they're working with, or that they're able to transliterate the one DuBois has provided. It's usually not a big problem.--David Wall

    Topics covered: How to make MySQL databases do your bidding--in terms of queries, table manipulation, data formatting, transactions, and Webinterfaces--through the database server's command line interfaces and (more importantly) through the MySQL APIs of Perl, PHP, Java, and Python. Particularly excellent coverage deals with formatting dates and times, management of null values, string manipulation, and import/export techniques. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent All-Around Guide To MySQL Programming
    I am an experienced web developer and recently started using Perl with MySQL to build database-driven CGI applications.
    MySQL Cookbook by Paul DuBois turned out to be a valuable reference resource.

    While the title mentions only MySQL, the book provides a great deal of solutions (and code) for using MySQL with Perl, PHP, Python and Java. If you are familiar with any of these computer languages, this book and MySQL manual is all you need to start building applications with MySQL-compatible database backend.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Hand-on guide to MySQL
    There are many databases out there. MySQL is one of the better ones. It's a free (for personal use) database system which can be easily integrated into a web application on virtually any system. It has supports most of the standard feature found in most database system and has quiet a few features unique to MySQL. This particular book is a good reference for the experienced user as well as for new comers and as an added bonus even covers MySQL 4.0.

    This is book was my first introduction to O'Reilly's cookbook series. It provides solutions to some of the most common challenged faced by the particular subject being covered (in this case MySQL). I thoroughly enjoyed it and was quiet impressed with it. Too many technical books simply introduce the concept without relating it to real world applications.

    This particular book introduces all of the most basic concepts of database manipulation (table creation, data insertion, data deletion, data update). As well as writing simple and advanced SQL statements to retrieve data. It approaches database design using 4 of the most popular languages (Perl, PHP, Python and Java). These are only a few of the many possible languages which can be used to manipulate a MySQL database.

    MySQL cookbook touches on a variety of different topics which I don't have the space or time to cover in detail, but here is a list of them:

    * Handeling duplicates
    * MySQL on the Web
    * Processing Web input with MySQL
    * Using MySQL-based Web Session Management

    One of my favorite topics covered in the book is the idea of storing binary data such as images within a database. Although not ideal for most cases (unless you need fast access to a vast array of images), just the idea of it has a certain kewlness effect.

    Well, overall I give it 4 out of 5 stars. It needs to touch slightly more on the basic concepts of databases, and it can become the only book you'll ever need for MySQL.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a nice addition to O'Reilly's Cookbook series
    As an experienced Oracle DBA I had a need to learn about MySQL for the development of the FmPro Migrator utility to migrate FileMaker databases to MySQL. This book enabled me to quickly learn how to perform tasks in MySQL which are equivalent to what I would perform with Oracle. Congratulations to O'Reilly and Paul DuBois for continuing the fine tradition of Cookbook series books.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Style!
    This book is full of examples. This is perfect for a learn-by-example programmer like me. It makes a handy reference, too. He has examples and tips for just about everything the typical MySQL coder would ever need to do. Excellent reference - I highly recommend it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars WELL-DONE, OR RATHER, WELL-COOKED
    In this "MySQL Cookbook", Paul DuBois ensured that a wide range of topics were covered. In fact, most Unix and Mac OS X users would cherish the contents of this text. Comprehensive information were presented in a very uncomplicated way. The book did advanced analysis of all MySQL-based scripts which are applicable to Java, Perl, Python and PHP. The same story goes for MySQL-based web scripts under Apache and Tomcat. It gave readers sufficient guidance to codes, using time-saving illustrative examples. However, beginners who need to start from the scratch may not appreciate this advanced approach.
    In conclusion, this is a dependable text that both intermediate and advanced MySQL learners would appreciate. ... Read more


    12. The Art of Intrusion : The Real Stories Behind the Exploits of Hackers, Intruders & Deceivers
    by Kevin D.Mitnick, William L.Simon
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    Asin: 0764569597
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-25)
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
    Sales Rank: 2825
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Hacker extraordinaire Kevin Mitnick delivers the explosive encore to his bestselling The Art of Deception
    Kevin Mitnick, the world's most celebrated hacker, now devotes his life to helping businesses and governments combat data thieves, cybervandals, and other malicious computer intruders. In his bestselling The Art of Deception, Mitnick presented fictionalized case studies that illustrated how savvy computer crackers use "social engineering" to compromise even the most technically secure computer systems. Now, in his new book, Mitnick goes one step further, offering hair-raising stories of real-life computer break-ins-and showing how the victims could have prevented them. Mitnick's reputation within the hacker community gave him unique credibility with the perpetrators of these crimes, who freely shared their stories with him-and whose exploits Mitnick now reveals in detail for the first time, including:

    • A group of friends who won nearly a million dollars in Las Vegas by reverse-engineering slot machines
    • Two teenagers who were persuaded by terrorists to hack into the Lockheed Martin computer systems
    • Two convicts who joined forces to become hackers inside a Texas prison
    • A "Robin Hood" hacker who penetrated the computer systems of many prominent companies-andthen told them how he gained access
    With riveting "you are there" descriptions of real computer break-ins, indispensable tips on countermeasures security professionals need to implement now, and Mitnick's own acerbic commentary on the crimes he describes, this book is sure to reach a wide audience-and attract the attention of both law enforcement agencies and the media. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Tales from the Crypt
    This book is a series of short stories with Mitnick's commentary and insight.Some of the stories are interesting and intriguing.Others are less impressive and insightful leaving the book as a whole something of a mixed bag.The explanations in this book are simple enough that anyone should be able to follow them.

    Chapters2 and 3 were week.Chapter 2 was about some kids hacking for terrorists.There wasn't enough detail for me to believe the story, and the story itself was most unimpressive.The Chapter 3 was about some convicts wrangling computer access in jail.

    Chapters 1, 4 and 5 were pretty good.Chapter 1 was about hacking the casinos by reverse engineering a slot machine.In chapter 4 some kids hack into Boeing, and the security guru tracks them down.Chapter 5 provides some insight into how Lamo works.

    Chapters 6 through 10 are either about penetration tests or the wrong-doings of some who call themselves white hats or security consultants.I found the exploits in these chapters to be pretty well documented and more educational/useful than some of the others.While I think everyone can agree that authorized penetration tests are a good thing, I think there's something seriously wrong with someone who plays security consultant by day and steals software by night.These folks show know better.The lack of ethics demonstrated by some who claim to be "good guys" both disturbing and eye opening.

    I was not as impressed by this effort as I was Mitnick's previous book, but perhaps my expectations were too high.It's still a decent and easy to read book overall.While it's no masterpiece, it's well worth the price; I'd buy it again.I'm torn between 3 and 4 stars.I must truncate to 3 based on the weakness of chapters 2 and 3 the uncoolness demonstrated by some of the consultant-by-day, cracker-by-night types in latter chapters.

    3-0 out of 5 stars entertaining but not groundbreaking
    Mitnick's followup to his excellent Art of Deception is a collection of hacker stories, mostly attributed to pseudonyms, each followed up with a description of how the successful exploitation of vulnerabilities could have been prevented.

    The stories are mixed in quality and plausibility, but the defensive advice is generally quite good and on-target. The story from the l0pht is particularly amusing, the story of company that enters into negotiations to purchase them, only to make the mistake of agreeing to a no-holds-barred penetration test of their infrastructure as a preliminary.

    The initial story in the book, about hacking slot machines, seems rather implausible, especially given the apparent necessity of a plus-or-minus 5 ms accuracy in response time (p. 8), since human beings take 10-20 times that amount of time to perceive and respond to a stimulus.

    Particularly disappointing was that Mitnick gave so much space and sympathy to "Robert," a seriously ethically challenged hacker in chapter 8. "Robert" is a hacker who worked for porn spammers by breaking into porn websites to collect email addresses, yet allegedly works in security for a "very religious and upstanding company" (p. 168).

    This book doesn't quite measure up to its predecessor, but it is an entertaining book. Most of the defensive advice is old hat for security professionals, but could prove useful to executives, small business owners, and novices interested in security.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A rare glimpse into the underbelly of the computer world
    Love him or hate him Kevin Mitnick is the most celebrated hacker of our time. The Art of Intrusion gives the public and security practitioners a rare glimpse into the minds of hackers and their dedication in accomplishing their work.

    This book is highly entertaining for everyone, security practitioner or not. I've never hacked my way into a video poker machine, but Kevin Mitnick and William Simon made me feel as if I had been there with a wearable computer in my shoe tapping out the codes that would let me beat the casino. Mitnick and Simon do a great job of breaking down technology in terms everyone can understand.

    Chapters 1-5 take you along with hackers as they beat the casinos in Vegas, hack for terrorists, create a network out of nothing in a Texas prison and break into the New York Times.

    Chapter 6 takes a slight detour to discuss penetration testing, used to legitimately test vulnerabilities at companies. This was a very insightful chapter for me and some of the techniques will be helpful to me. Some companies will never know (and sometimes don't want to know) how vulnerable they are. It is always better to find out your vulnerabilities from the "white hats" instead of finding out about vulnerabilities from the "black hats". One is a fixed cost the other isn't.

    Chapters 7 through 9 take you back into the world of the hackers as they hack into banks, steal intellectual property and hack a prison transport company.

    Chapter 10 describes social engineering attacks and countermeasures. If you want to learn about social engineering, what better source the Kevin Mitnick, the world's most notorious social engineer.

    Chapter 11 contains a few short takes on some hackers which, I guess, Mitnick and Simon didn't feel deserved a full chapter.

    I was a little dismayed to read in Chapter 6about Robert, the "respected security consultant", who plays hacker at night. I think the term, respected, must be only in this hackers mind. A better term would have been "deceptive security consultant". I was not satisfied with argument that this person hacked into computers out of curiosity and the need for a challenge. There are many legitimate (and paying) ways to satisfy your curiosity and challenge that are completely legal.

    If you take anything from this book it must be the tenacity of the hackers. Some of the compromises took months or years to carry out. In the process of committing the compromise the hacker learned more about the systems than the people charged with taking care of them on a daily basis. The hackers went undetected for months and years, sometimes grabbing information from the CEO's computer. This is very disturbing.

    I highly recommended reading Art Of Intrusion for everyone. The book immerses the reader into a world very few of us will ever see, one of the underbellies created by our reliance of technology. The problem of hackers will only get worse and the Art of Intrusion lets us know what we are up against.

    4-0 out of 5 stars How much would you pay to get inside the enemy's mind?
    Over two years ago I read and reviewed 'The Art of Deception,' also by Mitnick and Simon.I thought that book was 'original, entertaining, [and] scary.'Those same adjectives apply to 'The Art of Intrusion' (TAOI).While I also add 'disappointing' and 'disturbing' to the description of TAOI, sections of the new book make it an absolute must-read.If you want to understand the consequences of systematic, long-term compromise of your enterprise, you must read and heed the lessons of TAOI.

    This book may provide the closest look inside an intruder's mind the security community has yet seen.There is simply no substitute for understanding the methodology, goals, and determination of a skilled intruder.Chapter 8 brings the world of the enemy to life, describing separate incidents where crackers stole intellectual property from enterprise networks.These intruders were patient and methodical, taking months to locate, acquire, and transfer their prey.I have encountered this sort of adversary as a real security consultant (explanation follows), but never read supposed first-hand accounts from the enemy's point of view.Chapter 8 alone makes the book worth purchasing.

    Why is the book 'disappointing' and 'disturbing' then?I was repeatedly disgusted to read about so-called 'security consultants' who are 'published authors on security topics' (p. 168), who describe themselves as 'white-hats' but acknowledge defacing sites 'where security was so shoddy someone needed to be taught a lesson (p. 143), and who are 'respected security professionals by day and become a black-hat hacker by night, honing the skills that pay their mortgage by hacking into the most resilient software companies on the planet' (p. 166).Attaching the label 'security professional' to these criminals -- still active by some accounts -- is a crime itself.At least Mitnick perpetrated his crime and did his time.These people, however skilled, are a black mark on the security community -- they literally perform the crimes for which their 'skills' are then required.The mitigating factor for me is that these intruders shared their stories for the benefit of the community.For that I am grateful, but I'd also like to hear they've hung up their black hats!

    In some places Mitnick seems to close to his subjects to render a fair opinion of their skills.Chapter 5 talks about Adrian Lamo, named by Mitnick 'The Robin Hood Hacker.' It begins with a story about rescuing a kitten from a 'dirty storm drain' that belongs in an after-school TV special, and smells of social engineering on Mr. Lamo's part.After reading about this 'purist... the thinking man's hacker,' we learn his only real skill was 'exploiting misconfigured proxy servers.'When asked what operating system the New York Times was running when he infiltrated it via proxy server, 'Adrian answered that he doesn't know.'I don't analyze a network that way.'I doubt someone who 'secured' a proxy server at Excite@Home by cutting the cat 5 cable to the box knows anything more than how to use his 'favorite tool... ProxyHunter' and his 'intellectual gift of finding misconfigured proxy servers' (p. 112).This mischaracterization of Adrian Lamo hurts the authors' credibility, at least as far as chapter 5 goes.I felt the same sense of being too close to the characters when reading of 'two convicted murderers' in chapter 3, although their story should catch the eyes of prison wardens everywhere.

    Besides the war stories in TAOI, I found many of the authors' insights appropriate and helpful.In places Mitnick and Simon describe how victims never believe they are compromised, and when they are shown proof, they 'figure they just dropped the ball on this one occasion' (p. 216).Repeatedly through the book, network security monitoring is offered as a means of incident detection and response.I wish those who advocate the supposed defender's advantage of knowing their network would read this gem on p. 164: 'I knew their network better than anyone there knew it.If they were having problems, I could probably have fixed them.'This is so true, because the intruder's interest goes so much deeper than an administrator who sees security as part of his over-stressed and under-resourced job.

    Not all of the book was written from the perspective of black hats masquerading as 'security professionals' by day.Chapter 4 features a tale by former Boeing employee Don Boelling, a real security professional.Other chapters present the stories of unnamed penetration testers, all of which I found intriguing.

    Despite my negative opinion of the ethics of some of this book's contributors, I still highly recommend reading TAOI.I suspect the validity of some of the earlier reviews, as three are posted by people whose only review is for TAOI and one is by TAOI co-author W.L. Simon!Does the social engineering never end?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating!
    For anyone who has ever enjoyed a crime story or stories of hackers, this book should be at the top of your reading list. And if you have ever wondered about who these people are who make the newspapers for breaking in to big company computer systems, this book has the real-life stories. It tells how they did it, but it also tells about the hackers themselves, how they got started, what kind of lives they lead, and why they do it. Hackers who use made-up names to hide from the authorities apparently were willing to tell their stories to famous hacker Mitnick. The book uses lots of quotes of the hackers telling about their lives and break-ins in their own words. I LOVED the stories about the two murderers hacking onto the internet from inside a prison, and the programmers who stole $1 million from casinos by figuring out how to cheat the video poker machines. This is THE best book of its kind. ... Read more


    13. Complete Digital Photography, Third Edition
    by Ben Long
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    Asin: 1584503564
    Catlog: Book (2004-10)
    Publisher: Charles River Books
    Sales Rank: 96325
    Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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    Digital photography has arrived once and for all. No longer do photographers have to be defensive because they prefer digital. Thanks to new technologies, digital cameras at all ends of the price spectrum can rival their film counterparts. If you have shifted from traditional to digital photography, and need to know what's different about shooting digital, this is the book for you. Now in its third edition, this bestseller has been fine-tuned and updated to provide you with the most current information on today's cameras that you'll find anywhere. Whether you're new to photography, or new to digital photography, you'll learn how to take the best possible shots. Even though your camera may pack an image sensor instead of film, taking good pictures still involves understanding apertures, shutter speeds, and metering techniques, as well as a few other issues that film shooters don't face. Fortunately, digital cameras also provide some unique tools to help you get the shot right the first time.

    Covering everything from the inner workings of your camera to the subtle intricacies of your image editing software, the book is divided into four sections. The first section provides a basic technical foundation that will prepare you for the rest of the book. It details the basics of how digital cameras work and gives you a quick photography primer. The second part explores everything you need to know to make an informed decision about which camera, computer, and software is right for you. In section three, you'll progress to the nitty gritty of shooting, including metering, choosing the right exposure, using histograms, flash photography, and much more. In the final section, you'll learn about digital editing and correction techniques, along with the various methods for outputting your images (print and electronic). If you're new to photography, you'll learn the basic theory that photographers have studied for decades, as well as the latest tools and techniques made possible by the shift to digital. If you're an experienced film photographer, you'll see how to translate the knowledge you already have into the digital realm.

    Features:
    * Includes completely revised and updated coverage
    * Provides new, detailed coverage of camera evaluation, including the latest technologies and affordable SLR cameras
    * Includes completely re-written explanations and examples of metering and exposure, including hands-on tutorials
    * Covers Photoshop CS and of Photoshop Elements 2.0
    * Includes many new tutorials on improved methods for correcting and enhancing photos, and addresses the most common types of corrections users want to make
    * Provides new and expanded coverage of the basic questions camera purchasers have, including how many pixels are needed, how to reduce red eye, shooting inside versus outside, etc.

    ON THE CD-ROM
    • Tutorials: All of the files needed to use the book’s tutorials as well as additional QuickTime tutorial movies and PDF tutorial articles
    • Software Demos: Adobe Photoshop CS, IView MediaPro, and PhotoRescue
    • Images: Color versions of most of the images in the book to examine on-screen or to print

    SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
    To work through the tutorials in the book, you will need Photoshop CS (a demo is included on the CD). WINDOWS: Intel® Pentium® II or better; Microsoft® Windows® 2000 with Service Pack 3, or Windows XP; 192MB of RAM (256MB recommended); 300MB of available drive space; Color monitor with 16- bit color card or better; CD-ROM drive. MACINTOSH: PowerPC® G3 or better; Mac OS X v. 10.2.4 or better; 192MB of RAM (256MB recommended); 350MB of available drive space; color monitor with 16- bit color support, or better; CD-ROM drive. Please check the individual demos for specifics ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Complete Digital Photography IS Complete
    As an instructor of Photography and Digital Imagaging, I have found it difficult to recommend texbooks that incorporate ALL the most important points of capturing, transmitting, printing, storing, archiving, and retrieving digital images. I generally need to list several titles to cover these various topics. Ben Long not only does the job with the Complete Digital Photgraphy, but he does it in a very concise, logical and easy to comprehend manner. This book is timely, informative, accurate and thorough. I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to jump into to the art of digital photography. I especially praise its use for instructional value. I am replacing next year's text with this one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very STRONG book
    I'm a professional photographer, and when I decided to go digital, I bought about a dozen books on the subject. This one leaves the others in the dust.

    One of its greatest strengths is that the author explains digital by referencing film photography. This allows quick understanding of the new by comparing it to the familiar.

    But if you're new to photography, this book is still for you. The author has a real gift for explaining complicated processes in a way that makes them easy to understand and utilize. And he covers what you need to know, without putting the pro to sleep.

    I read omniverously, but I'm rarely impressed enough to write a review. If I could only keep one book on photography -- digital or film -- this would be it.

    And thank you to the author for insisting that digital photography is created with a digital camera, NOT a scanner. I am SO tired of books that are supposedly about digital photography which are really about digital manipulation of film photography.

    Do yourself a big favor: if you're interested in this subject, buy this book. You won't be disappointed.

    4-0 out of 5 stars 2nd Edition issued December 2002
    I plowed through the book in just one week of evening sessions. The author tried to keep the discussion of camera features in the first part of the book to to a generalized level that is fairly current (as of 1/03), It does a decent job helping both digital imaging novices and non-pro film photography converts grasp the fundamentals. I fall in both of these catagories so I felt it was well written for my level of pre-existing knowledge. In the second part of the book where he delved into photo manipulation software I was frustrated by the fact that the Photoshop Elements 2.0 tryout software included on the second edition CD did not have some of the tools that he uses in text and the tutorials, such as Curves and Channels. He kept mentioning that any brand imaging software should have all the tools he used so one does not have to get the full version of Photoshop. Not True. I now realize that the PS Elements 2.0 demo (30 days use) included must have been a last minute addition. I did find his beloved Curves tool on the limited version of Photoshop 5.0 that came with my camera but otherwise this version of PS was lacking in the layering features that the author uses in all his tutorials and was inadequate to follow his examples. The Video segments (about 30 minutes) on the CD provided a nice "over the shoulder" demo of several of the editing features as used by the author. His on the screen cursor disappeared at times while he was pointing out details which made it harder to follow his verbal explanations. This book is definately just an introductory guide to image manipulation software so I have ordered two more books and PS Elements 2.0.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book (1st edition)
    Although I have the first edition, it is really excellent and explains the technical aspects of digital photography with great clarity. I am anxious to see the newer edition's updates on How To Choose A Digital Camera since so much has changed in the past 3 years, but otherwise the 1st edition is sufficient for my needs.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book!
    I liked this book very much. It had just about everything I needed to know. I recommend it highly. ... Read more


    14. The Adobe Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter)
    by Scott Kelby
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    Asin: 0735714118
    Catlog: Book (2003-12-04)
    Publisher: New Riders Press
    Sales Rank: 376
    Average Customer Review: 4.39 out of 5 stars
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    This update is so important, because if there was ever a version of Photoshop that was aimed at digital photographers, Photoshop CS is it, and "The Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers" by Scott Kelby (Editor of Photoshop User magazine) once again breaks new ground by doing something for digital photographers that's never been done before¿it cuts through the bull and shows you exactly "how to do it." It's not a bunch of theory; it doesn't challenge you to come up with your own settings or figure it out on your own. Instead, it shows you step by step the exact techniques used by today's cutting-edge digital photographers and retouchers, and it does something that virtually no other Photoshop book has ever done -- it tells you, flat-out, which settings to use, when to use them, and why.

    If you're looking for one of those "tell-me-everything-about-the-Unsharp-Mask-filter" books, this isn't it. You can grab any other Photoshop book on the shelf, because they all do that. Instead, this book gives you the inside tips and tricks of the trade that today's leading pros use to correct, edit, sharpen, retouch, and present their photos to some of the most demanding clients on the planet. You¿ll be absolutely amazed at how easy and effective they are¿once you know the secrets.

    LEARN HOW THE PROS DO IT Each year Scott trains thousands of professional photographers how to use Photoshop, and almost without exception they have the same questions and the same problems -- that's exactly what Scott covers in this book. You'll learn:

    • The secrets of how the pros retouch portraits
    • How to color correct any photo without breaking a sweat (you¿ll be amazed at how they do it!)
    • How to unlock the power of Photoshop CS' new features for digital photo pros
    • Amazing digital body-sculpting techniques
    • How the pros use CS' File Browser (it's much more powerful than you think)
    • Tricks that can send your productivity through the roof
    • The sharpening techniques the pros really use (there's an entire chapter just on this!)
    • How to deal with common digital camera image problems
    • Removing noise, avoiding halos, and protecting your images
    • How to use Match Color, The Color Replacement Tool, and other amazing CS tools.
    • Masking techniques for photographers
    • The most-requested photographic special effects
    • and much more!
    Photoshop CS is THE tool for digital photographers, and this book show you exactly how to put it's power to work for you today.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars 50 Stars
    5 stars doesn't cover it!

    I've seen Scott teach live and he is absolutely the most knowledgable Photoshop trainer on the planet. This book is the next best thing to seeing him live. In fact, it may be better because the explanations are just as clear as a live class but you get to keep them right by the computer where you need 'em.

    From the comprehensive explanations of how to perform certain editing functions and new functions in CS, to the first class printing (these pages are as bright and crisp as my studio display LCD) this is easily the best computer book I've ever seen.

    I have several of Scott's book and the reason they're great is because the approach is NOT like a manual. If you're after a "classroom in a book" you'll be surprised when you get this book. The illustrations are awesome and explanations are concise and step-by-step. There are no assumed steps like lots of books have and the examples cover a wide variety of things digital photographers and retouchers need to know.

    This book is for beginners and experts alike because the lessons are structured like a recipie book. The steps are easy enough for the novice to understand and advanced enough so even experts applying the techniques look their best and accomplish their retouching even faster.

    If you're the kind of person who prefers to read a book that gives you a comprehensive variety usable examples and clear detailed explanations and supporting illustrations, this is your book. If you want a manual to tell you all about each feature in a dry, clinical manner, find another Photoshop book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Superb ....
    This is my fifth Photoshop book, and I wish it had been my first. What were the problems in the earlier book? First of all, some had minimal use of color. Seems funny but I'm sure the publishers saved a ton of money by not using color, or using only a few insert pages for color content. For Photoshop this is silly. This book, like all the New Riders books apparently, uses full color.

    Second, a number of books use dreadful images as examples. Now the authors of these books are certainly photoshop experts, but apparently only use 'left-over' images from a previous family vacation in their books. Photoshop experts, but not expert photographers. Scott uses excellent images, most of which were contributed by friends who are excellent, professional photographers! Just browse...

    Third, the earlier books were often hard to read; small fonts, a ton of material, lousy layout. Sure they were comprehensive in coverage, but I think too much for a photgrapher. (I now have a good working knowledge of what features were added to every version of PS that ever was, and all about every digital camera the author ever owned. Didn't really need all that.)

    Scott's book is really fun to read. He uses humor well, has great images (downloadable from his site) as examples, and covers material needed to turn good photographs into great photographs. You won't find any information on shutter speeds, f-stops, selecting cameras, printers, etc, just Photoshop. Kinda respectful of the reader...

    If you're a photographer and you're going digital, you'll have some very specific needs; get Harald Johnson's book on printers and printing, and this book on Photoshop CS.

    2-0 out of 5 stars A Good Book for Beginers
    Recently I read four of the books currently available for Photoshop CS . This book was one of them and it was the weakest in terms of both the style of writing and content.\\

    The author points out that he wrote the book "because not one other book he reviewed covered digital noise". I do have to give him some credit here because digital noise is not addressed in most of the other books. The problem is this is the only issue that I found to be unique to this book.

    Overall, I guess in an attempt to lighten up the subject you are subjected to endless silly little joking followed by very simplistic techniques for handling various digital imaging problems.

    This book my actually be fine for a beginner or someone that does not want to really understand the subject. For me it was a dissapointment.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Useful and excellent
    I found this to be well-written & easy to follow. I bought it for the techniques, & being a new Photoshop user I wanted to start doing things rather than wade through a bible. Well worth the investment.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Worth Every Penny and Then Some!!!
    I had been playing around a little in Photoshop Elements for a few months and then took advantage of a GREAT upgrade price to Photoshop CS. I had read where others used CS and LOVED the curves feature and actions... all these things and while I was trying to figure out what made them great, I was not getting the professional results I wanted.

    I opened this book and immediately did some incredible stuff in Photoshop CS and I am basically new to the program. He has a great writing style...does not bore you with the stuff that bogs you down in other books to the point you feel like you aren't getting anywhere. He gives you initial settings so you can see fast results then teaches you how to customize if you want to go there.

    Just a great book!!! ... Read more


    15. Assembly Language for Intel-Based Computers (4th Edition)
    by Kip R. Irvine
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    Asin: 0130910139
    Catlog: Book (2002-07-25)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 13490
    Average Customer Review: 3.69 out of 5 stars
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    Designed for students and professionals interested in learning the basics of operating systems and architecture in the context of a microprocessor. Irvine shows how to approach programming problems with a machine-level mindset. Readers will benefit most if they have already learned a high-level language such as C++, Delphi, or Java.

    Software: Includes a full professional version of Microsoft Assembler 6.11 (MASM). Also supplied are a large link library of console I/O routines, and a custom-designed programming editor from which you can assemble, link, and debug programs.

    Examples: Over 50 complete example programs are supplied, including protected-mode subroutines that link to Microsoft Visual C++ and Borland C++.

    Topics: Binary and hexadecimal tutorials, hardware and software architecture, instruction set fundamentals, procedures and interrupts, stack parameters, conditional processing, logic structures, integer arithmetic, structures and macros, numeric conversions and libraries, strings and arrays, disk storage, finite state machines, low-level disk I/O, hardware port I/O, linking to C++ programs, memory-resident programs, and floating-point instructions. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars An instructor's view
    This reviews the FORTH edition published July 25, 2002

    This text addresses the needs of students who can write programs in a high-level language and wish to learn assembly language for the Intel family of microprocessors. The forth edition contains an abundance of new material. The author introduces 32-bit protect-mode programming using the Microsoft Windows platform and he delays coverage of 16-bit real-mode programming using the MS-DOS platform until chapter 13. Only MS-DOS programming was covered in the previous edition. Each section contains review questions and each chapter ends with a summary and several programming exercises. The author clearly describes each concept and uses excellent diagrams and code examples throughout the text. Several new topics have been added to this edition such as graphics programming in both Windows and DOS applications.

    The early chapters present an overview of the Intel IA-32 architecture and cover the principles and techniques of programming Windows console applications in assembly language. The author has encapsulated the details of the Windows application interface in his 32-bit library, which the students use throughout the first 10 chapters. This allows the students to focus on learning and using the instruction set to create solutions to the programming problems. The details of his library routines are revealed in Chapter 11. Chapter 12 covers assembly language routines that can be called from a high-level language. Both 32-bit and 16-bit C/C++ compilers are used in the examples. The remaining chapters (13 through 17) cover 16-bit real-mode MS-DOS and BIOS programming in much the same way as was done in the third edition, but many more example programs have been added.

    A CD-ROM accompanies this text and contains the complete Microsoft Macro Assembler (MASM 6.15), Microsoft's 32-bit and 16-bit Linkers, all example programs from the text, the source code for the author's 32-bit and 16-bit link libraries, and many more useful files. Chapter 17, Advanced Topics, is contained on the CD-ROM and is not printed in the textbook.

    The author's web site ... contains an abundance of support material which he keeps current. Most useful are a list of corrections to the textbook, updates to the files contained on the CD-ROM, and the answers to the odd-numbered Review Questions. There are instructions for installing the assembler, configuring and using various integrated development environments, and links to other useful information such as the MASM 6 manual set and the author's e-mail address. Five chapters from the textbook are posted on his site for your review. Professors can access a password-protected area that contains answers to all of the review questions, solutions to the programming exercises, and a set of PowerPoint slides for use in the classroom.

    Assembly language is much easier to learn when protect-mode is covered before real-mode. Early use of flat addressing allows coverage of segmented addressing to be delayed until the students have learned the complete instruction set. Flat addressing also makes it easy to locate run-time errors. The addresses contained in the Windows run-time error dialog box corresponds with the addresses in the linker's map file and the assembler's list file. The topics flow better when the simpler Windows interface is covered before the more complex interrupt service routines of MS-DOS and BIOS.

    I have successfully used the previous edition of this textbook for several semesters. Including techniques for protect-mode programming in the forth edition provides the additional information most often requested by students. This review is based on material I received from the publisher as a reviewer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent textbook
    This book has a good opening. When I learn a programming language, I want to see a sample program as soon as possible. This book provides such a sample program immediately after a short introduction to hardware concepts. This sample program loads registers, changes their contents, and dumps them. One can type the program in, see how it works, and gain a good confidence for further reading.

    The library procedures provided by the author are helpful for learning and debugging. Usually, programs in assembly languages are difficult to debug, and their execution is hard to track, even if debug software is used. For programs in high-level languages, one can easily insert into them input and output statements to track their execution. For assembly language, writing such statements may be harder than writing the program itself. With these library procedures, especially those for data input/output, one can easily track the execution.

    The 4th edition of this book emphasizes programming in 32-bit protected mode. In this mode, flat memory addresses are used. Students do not have to convert a 16-bit segment-offset address into a 20-bit address. This tremendously simplifies the addressing concepts and eases the learning. This book does cover 16-bit real-mode in later chapters when students are more ready for it.

    A good textbook must be easy for reading as well as for reference. This book has both features. It starts with short explanations, uses excellent diagrams, and discusses comprehensive applications for every topic covered. Topics are well classified into fundamentals and advanced, 32-bit Windows programming and 16-bit DOS programming, protected mode and real-address mode, etc. Important aspects of assembly language are all included, systematically organized, and well indexed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Definitely useful book
    There is not such thing as "all-in-one" book. This book is not exception. But you will enjoy it, thanks to the author. For pretty coding style, for IA-32 protected mode examples, for high-level assembly features introduced and more.

    Not at last, the book is well organized textbook and suitable for intermediate level assembly and computer architecture courses.

    You can begin develop your own protected mode assembly code with this book and Negatory Assembly Studio as well in hands.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to assembly
    A very competent introduction to assembly programming, regardless of the platform, but great because it can probably be used with your personal computer. After a quick install off the included CD, you'll be coding and assembling your own programs in no time.

    A background with digital systems is helpful - I am a computer engineering student, and I was already more than familiar with two's complement, AND, OR, and other logical operations. These topics, working with binary, are essential to assembly. However, though the book uses them a lot, it also explains them at the beginning, so pay attention.

    It's very interesting all the Windows-specific things it covers: the author doesn't neglect the fact that Microsoft's assembler is by far the most used PC assembler out there, and goes into lots of MASM-specific topics. What's great, however, is that amongst the platform-specific ideas are general ideas that will work well in any assembly situation; that's an advantage of assembly, that it's so low-level it's very similar on different platforms.

    I took an embedded systems class after taking the class that used this book. I felt very confident in my assembly ability, even though the embedded systems class was not using Intel processors, but PIC processors from Microchip.

    By the way... I wonder if most textbooks are rated according to a student's experience in the class. Did the guy who rate this book down very low simply have a bad teacher who was really hard on his class, and then looked for problems with the book? Personally, I didn't find the lack of a debugger that bad, since I was understanding assembly pretty quickly right off the bat thanks to this book and my teacher's clear explanations.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book!!!!
    I don't understand the previous reviewer's criticism, because I felt this book was really easy to read, and hit all the major topics that I wanted to learn. I read the whole thing cover to cover in one day.

    Assembly language is for the hardcore who either really want to know how the machine works, or for those who really need to optimize their code (like wannabe game programmers). To really understand Assembly, you need to already be a good programer in a high level language, and you need to know a little bit about computer hardware/software architecture (virtual memory, paging, segments). It also doesn't hurt to know a little about compiler construction. Those are all major topics in themselves, and cannot be fully explained to novices in one book. Gotta learn the fundamentals first.

    Anyone with a decent technical background should agree this book is a surprisingly painless and thorough introduction to a normally tedious topic. ... Read more


    16. Hacking: The Art of Exploitation
    by Jon Erickson
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    Asin: 1593270070
    Catlog: Book (2003-10)
    Publisher: No Starch
    Sales Rank: 3347
    Average Customer Review: 4.59 out of 5 stars
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    Emphasizing a true understanding of the techniques as opposed to just breaking the rules, the author helps readers determine which areas are prone to attack and why. Unlike other so-called hacking guides, this book does not gloss over technical details, and includes detailed sections on stack-based overflows, heap based overflows, format string exploits, return-into-libc, shellcode, and cryptographic attacks on 802.11b. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best hacking book in the market
    This book is 10 times greater than any other hacking book. It gives useful code and examples rather than 250 pages of theory. Stack and heap overflows are explained in detail as well as many other modern types of exploits. The best part of the book is that it teaches the reader how to write his/her own shellcode and teaches some basic Assembly language along the way. Everything you need to know to be a hacker or stop hackers.

    Includes detailed explanations and code for:
    buffer / stack / heap based overflows
    format string vulnerabilities
    writing shellcode
    sniffing switched and unswitched networks
    tcp / ip hijacking
    denial of service
    port scanning and tricking port scans of your own computer
    password cracking
    Man in the middle attacks
    Wireless internet security / hacking
    and more

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of a Kind
    This book is for the security pro or would be hacker who want's to begin to see how deep the rabbit hole really does go. There is no other book like it on the market, and I've read most of them. Jon Erickson's code included in the book all works well as designed on Linux. The author also suggests some good free Linux tools for use with the code examples including most notably a hex editor, basic dissassembler, and packet injector.

    The techniques in the book are best described by a caption on its back cover, "The fundamental techniques of serious hacking." It includes major sections on programming, networking, and cryptography. All material is covered with an eye towards exploitation. Languages used in the book material consist of C, PERL, and Assembly for X86.

    The techniques described in this book are fundamental to any hacker or security professional who takes their work seriously. The book is well worth the discounted amazon.com price. The material in this book is all original and cannot be found elsewhere. Each example in the programming section is truly an eye opener if you are new to code hacking. The examples in the networking and cryptography sections are relevant and fresh as well.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Need to know Assembly
    You have probably heard of such hacking techniques as buffer overflows. Typically, a book might give only cursory explanation, especially if it is not devoted to hacking. But suppose you write in C. Chances are you've inadvertantly created buffer overflows and then spent hours chasing this down, after your program crashed. So how on earth can a deliberate overflow lead to a breakin?

    It is for such matters that Erickson expounds here. Written for you, whether you want to create such exploits or prevent them. In either case, the knowledge is the same.

    What the book requires is some knowledge of C and assembly. For the latter, it is the language of the Intel x86 family. But even if you don't know it, so long as you are familiar with any assembly language and the theory of a Neumann machine, then you can follow the text.

    This book is not for every programmer. It turns out that a fair number of programmers get into the field by learning a high level language like C, Fortran, Java or Pascal. But they never learn any assembly. To them, anything compiled from source is a black box. Instead, you need some background in assembly.

    The book also gives neat coverage of how to sniff network traffic and manipulate it. There is a section on cryptography. But for this, it is so specialised and vital that you should consult texts dedicated to it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Judge this book by its cover
    If you can understand what is on the front cover, then you
    will probably think the cover in itself is worth the price of
    the book.

    If you write software, you will find this book fascinating for
    its explanation of "buffer overflows" and how they are exploited
    by hackers (er, crackers) to take control of other people's
    computers.

    If you don't write software, then you'll probably have great
    difficulty understanding this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The First Hacking Book I've Respected
    Don't expect the conceptual fluff. Be prepared for school. This book does not use the time and motivation wasting filler that so many "hacking" books fill pages with. This describes in significant depth the root techniques used in exploitation. It can make some technical assumptions about the reader, and it is helpful to have programming experience, but I prefer this approach. I would rather have the author "teach to the highest common denominator" and not the lowest... What you don't know when you read this book, you will be motivated to learn.

    The writing style can be a little empty, and could use a bit more of a layered approach, but this is a minor criticism.

    I work in IT security, and this is the first hacking book I have ever recommended. Go for it. ... Read more


    17. On Intelligence
    by Jeff Hawkins, Sandra Blakeslee
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    Asin: 0805074562
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-03)
    Publisher: Times Books
    Sales Rank: 601
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    Jeff Hawkins, the high-tech success story behind PalmPilots and theRedwood Neuroscience Institute, does a lot of thinking about thinking.In On Intelligence Hawkins juxtaposes his two loves--computersand brains--to examine the real future of artificial intelligence. Indoing so, he unites two fields of study that have been moving uneasilytoward one another for at least two decades. Most people think that computers are getting smarter, and that maybesomeday, they'll be as smart as we humans are. But Hawkins explains whythe way we build computers today won't take us down that path. He shows,using nicely accessible examples, that our brains are memory-drivensystems that use our five senses and our perception of time, space, andconsciousness in a way that's totally unlike the relatively simplestructures of even the most complex computer chip. Readers who gobbled up Ray Kurzweil's (The Age of Spiritual Machines and Steven Johnson's Mind Wide Open willfind more intriguing food for thought here. Hawkins does a good job ofoutlining current brain research for a general audience, and hisenthusiasm for brains is surprisingly contagious. --Therese Littleton ... Read more


    18. Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions, Fourth Edition (Hacking Exposed)
    by StuartMcClure, JoelScambray, GeorgeKurtz
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    Asin: 0072227427
    Catlog: Book (2003-02-25)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
    Sales Rank: 5911
    Average Customer Review: 4.15 out of 5 stars
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    “The seminal book on white-hat hacking and countermeasures.... Should be required reading for anyone with a server or a network to secure.” --Bill Machrone, PC Magazine

    This brand-new edition of the best-selling security book covers all the latest hacks and countermeasures and includes a bonus DVD with the authors’ famous “Hacking Exposed Live” presentation!

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Time to reposition the "Hacking Exposed" series?
    I am a senior engineer for network security operations. I've read and reviewed every edition of the "Hacking Exposed" series since the 1999 original. "Hacking Exposed" is a winner; the authors' powerful example-driven style teaches the tools and tactics of vulnerability assessment and penetration testing. Nevertheless, I've compared this third edition to its "Hacking Linux" and "Hacking Windows 2000" cousins, and I believe the authors should rethink their goals for the "Hacking Exposed" series.

    "Hacking Exposed, Third Edition" (HE:3E) describes techniques to attack and defend a wide variety of network assets: Microsoft products (9x, ME, NT, 2000, XP), UNIX variants, Novell's NOS, routers, PBXs, firewalls, and so on. Weaknesses in individual applications are explained, with attention given to remote control tools (VNC, Windows Terminal Server, PCAnywhere), Web technologies (IIS, ColdFusion, ActiveX, Java), and file sharing/chat systems (Napster, IRC). Readers are unlikely to find so many topics given fairly thorough coverage in a single volume.

    Unfortunately, at 727 pages, HE:3E has gained too much weight. The 1999 first edition offered 484 pages, and the 2001 (yes, 2001) second edition gave 703 pages. While the authors should be credited for not simply copying and pasting material from their 2001 edition of "Hacking Exposed: Windows 2000," many of the same topics appear in both books. Furthermore, some subjects are redundantly described within HE:3E. For example, why rehash port redirection and rootkits in chapter 14 when they were adequately covered in earlier sections?

    I strongly recommend the authors remove the UNIX- and Windows-specific material from a future fourth edition of "Hacking Exposed," directing readers to "Hacking Linux" and "Hacking Windows" when necessary. The authors should briefly describe general UNIX and Windows vulnerabilities in "HE:4E," and devote most of the book to their methodology and systems not covered in other books. This overhaul will give the authors a chance to remove some dated material from "Hacking Exposed," like a reference to ISS RealSecure v3.0 (6.0 is now in use).

    I recommend readers who have not read previous "Hacking Exposed" titles buy this book. Despite my concerns, I still learned something new (wireless issues, format string vulnerabilities) and re-acquainted myself with material mentioned in earlier editions (RIP spoofing, enumeration techniques). If you've read "Hacking Exposed, Second Edition," wait for a revamped fourth edition.

    (Disclaimer: I received a free review copy from the publisher.)

    5-0 out of 5 stars As good as the previous HE books
    "Hacking Exposed" series grew from a relative unknown to one of the most famous information security books of all times. The interesting part about it is that its reputation is largely deserved.

    The fourth edition presents an incremental improvement over the previous ones. Considering that the previous books were great, it is no mean feat! Its is a pity that the book lacks "What's New" section, which would be useful for those familiar with the series.

    As usual, the book offers balanced platform coverage (UNIX, Windows, Novell) and follows the same winning paradigm (from scanning to owning the system). The above is obvious since the same author crew from Foundstone is behind the book. The book is somewhat biased towards the attacker side, just as the title promises. Among new sections are wireless security, web hacking and attacking clients (such as web browsers) by malicious servers. The latter section presents some interesting tips on attacking over email, web browser (via ActiveX and other malicious technologies), IRC, etc.

    Overall, if you own the 3rd edition, there is some motivation to go grab this one. However, if you haven't read "Hacking Exposed" yet, run to the store to get your copy if you are involved with network or system security in any role. For novices the book will server as a useful introduction to security and hacking, for intermediate readers the book will bring new tools and techniques and will serve as a useful refresher for experts. Companion website hackingexposed.com has the books' table of contents and some other material.

    Anton Chuvakin, Ph.D., GCIA, GCIH is a Senior Security Analyst with a major information security company. His areas of infosec expertise include intrusion detection, UNIX security, forensics, honeypots, etc. In his spare time, he maintains his security portal info-secure.org

    1-0 out of 5 stars Save Your Money
    I have plenty of experience with computers and have been hacking since the term Hacker wasn't a dirty word. Anyway, a friend of mine that is very interested in Hacking purchased this book and a few other titles from these authors. He showed me the books and asked me to give him my opinion of them. As I was looking thru these books I started to laugh and told my friend to get his money back. I was shocked to see that all the info in these books can be obtained just by doing a search on SecurityFocus and Google and most of the info in this and the other books where outdated exploits that have been patched already. The IT industry moves at the speed of light and the most important aspect when it comes to securing your networks is having the newest attack and exploit information, which no book can ever provide... including this lousy book that is nothing but a compilation of what can be found for free online. Don't waste your money! I wish I could give this book zero stars.

    1-0 out of 5 stars RUBBISH
    A lot of twaddle - worst book on the subject - no secrets, out of date solutions - a complete waste of time and money

    1-0 out of 5 stars BAD BOOK
    This book will not enhance your knowledge of computer security. ... Read more


    19. Mac OS X : The Missing Manual, Tiger Ed (Missing Manual)
    by David Pogue
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    Asin: 0596009410
    Catlog: Book (2005-07-01)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Mac OS X: The Missing Manual ranks among the best books to have at your side as you explore the latest Macintosh operating system as an everyday user who wants to get some work done, have a bit of fun, and feel part of the Mac community. David Pogue--a respected Mac authority and longtime author on the subject--is the perfect guide on such a quest, as his Mac knowledge is profound and his ability to explain facts and procedures considerable. The second edition of this popular book covers Mac OS X 10.2 and all of its many new features, including Sherlock 3, iCal, iSync, and firewalling. There's coverage of .Mac online services, as well.

    Pogue writes really well, so his prose is a treat to read and most readers will appreciate his occasional page-long straight prose passages. More often, though, the wisdom in this book comes in the form of annotated procedures and bulleted lists, as well as notes and tips. There are also two highly handy "Where'd It Go?" glossaries: one for longtime Mac users (this one answers such questions as where the Apple Extras folder is) and one for Windows users (to explain, for example, the equivalent of Ctrl-Alt-Delete on the Mac). Unlike most books about Mac OS X, this one explores itsUNIX-like underpinnings (the Apple implementation is called Darwin) pretty thoroughly. However, based on the logic that if you wanted to use UNIX, you would, Pogue emphasizes the traditional, graphical Mac interface over the Terminal window. If you want an in-depth treatment of Darwin and know something about UNIX already, have a look at Mac OS X for Unix Geeks. --David Wall

    Topics covered: How to use Mac OS X 10.2 and its immediate predecessors. This is a user-level book, concerned with managing files, folders, media, users, and hardware. Lots of attention goes to the operating system's special features, including the "i" series of applications and the .Mac online services. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A very useful book!
    As a student, I often go to college to use computers. Most of computers are Apple computers. Because I was new to MAC OS. I have to look around to find a good book. After I found this book and there is also big discount from couponsky.com, I decide to buy it. After using the book for 6 months, I found it is very helpful. It is a user-level book. It tells me every features and application in MAC OS based computer. I recommend this book to students like me.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Pogue's in vogue but aint informed
    I bought this book to help me switch from Winduhs. It's a lotta words and I later read in his New York Times column that he "types" by dictation into .. I think Dragon Naturally Speaking on a Winduhs based machine (uh hu). The book's contents could have been cut down to less than a hundred pages-- but these books are sold by the kilo anyway. He didn't really know the OS he just banged out a quick book to earn ayep a quick buck. I read his "consumer" columns in the NYtimes and find them useful but this book wasn't. Oh yeah and the switch ...... to Mac .... over rated but OK.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for mac owners...
    I switched to Mac OS X from windows and this book was the only reason I stayed! It helped me get a grasp of Mac OS X quickly. It even gives you great tips that will increase your productivity. I used a coupon from UnderTag.com, so it was almost free for me too.

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE Manual for OS X
    I'm a long, long time user of Macintosh computers that finally migrated from OS 9 to OS X (10.2.6) about a year ago.A great OS, stable, feature-filled, and visually attractive but oh so different from the old Mac operating systems!This manual has paid for itself many times over in the last year that I've used it.It's sheer size is daunting but Pogue writes so clearly and the book is so well organized that it is a great resource for both beginners and experienced users. I tried the more basic guides first but they seemed "too cute" or too abbreviated for my taste.I recommend this manualwithout reservation.

    5-0 out of 5 stars New Mac Convert Finds Most Of My Questions Answered Here
    As a new mac convert who switched from the pc, the mac OS is a totally different environment. I ordered 7 mac books before my new iMac arrived and this is the one along with"Teach Yourself Visually Mac Os Xv.10.3 Panther" that I am able to obtain the most helpful info and answers to my questions from.I am very pleased with both of these books for their thoroughness and ease of use. A mac newbie won't go wrong with both of them(which I recommend),and you will find yourself referring back to them over and over so I suggest you keep them in the vicinity of your computer area! ... Read more


    20. Dr. Tom Shinder's Configuring ISA Server 2004
    by Thomas W. Shinder
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    Asin: 1931836191
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-01)
    Publisher: Syngress
    Sales Rank: 2293
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    Dr. Tom Shinder has become synonymous with Microsoft's flagship firewall product ISA Server, as a result of his prominent role as a member of the beta development team, and his featured placement on both Microsoft's ISA Server Web site and ISAserver.org. Tom's book on the first release of the product Configuring ISA Server 2000 dominated the ISA Server 2000 book market.Dr. Tom Shinder's Configuring ISA Server 2004 provides you with unparalleled information on installing, configuring, and troubleshooting ISA Server 2004 by teaching you to:

    • Deploy ISA Server 2004 in small businesses and large organizations
    • Achieve 99.999% uptime for your ISA Server 2004 Internet access solution
    • Roll out an International VPN using built-in ISA Server 2004 VPN Wizards and configuration interface
    • Learn how to configure complex DMZ configurations using ISA Server 2004's new network awareness features and built-in multinetworking capabilities
    • Learn how to take advantage of ISA Server 2004's new VPN capabilities!
    ... Read more

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