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    1. The Zen of CSS Design : Visual Enlightenment for the Web
    by Dave Shea, Molly E. Holzschlag
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    Asin: 0321303474
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-18)
    Publisher: Peachpit Press
    Sales Rank: 104562
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    Proving once and for all that standards-compliant design does not equal dull design, this inspiring tome uses examples from the landmark CSS Zen Garden site as the foundation for discussions on how to create beautiful, progressive CSS-based Web sites. By using the Zen Garden sites as examples of how CSS design techniques and approaches can be applied to specific Web challenges, authors Dave Shea and Molly Holzschlag provide an eye-opening look at the range of design methods made possible by CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). By the time you've finished perusing the volume, you'll have a new understanding of thegraphically rich, fully accessible sites that CSS design facilitates. In sections on design, layout, imagery, typography, effects, and themes, Dave and Molly take you through every phase of the design process--from striking a sensible balance between text and graphics to creating eye-popping special effects (no scripting required). ... Read more


    2. CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, Second Edition (All-in-One)
    by ShonHarris, Shon Harris
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    Asin: 0072229667
    Catlog: Book (2003-06-17)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
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    All-in-One is all you need! This authoritative reference offers complete coverage of all material on the challenging CISSP exam. You’ll find exam objectives at the beginning of each chapter, helpful exam tips, end-of-chapter practice questions, and photographs and illustrations. The bonus CD-ROM contains a testing engine with questions found only on the CD. This comprehensive guide not only helps you pass this challenging exam, but will also serve as an invaluable on-the-job reference. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Available in Market
    I enjoy reading this book very much. I believe that this book is the best so far in the market for CISSP and as an introduction and survey to provide a solid framework for the field, and especially for those to prepare CISSP. It is very well written as a summary (better and comprehensive than "The CISSP Prep Guide" by Krutz, et al) with the orignial and critical sources. My delight and best part of this book: for each topic the author kindly provides the web sites (for further study and reading).

    CISSP test is very general (generic, and not for a specific product or service) and thus a frustration. But that is what CISSP is about. For professional and marketable working knowledge, use this book as a framework, along with many other good books such as (1) Incident Response (by Mandia & Prosise) and (2) Hacking Exposed (2nd ed, by Scambray, McClure, Kurtz) or (3) Maximum Security (3rd ed, Anonymous), or (4) Counter Hack by Stoudis, to supplement the reading and case study.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is THE definative CISSP study guide
    I've read most of the CISSP books out currently. The SRV books, Exam cram, prep guide, secured computing, and the first two infosecurity management handbooks. Out of all of them, this book is by far my favorite.

    Shon Harris presents the information in very easy to understand terms and uses vivid analogies which helped me retain more of the information. With the other books I found the reading quite dry and often caught myself losing focus. The All-In-One book was much easier to digest. Those of you who have read Bruce Schneier's Secrets and Lies should have a good idea on the writers style.

    Despite Amazon's information, this book comes in at 924 pages from the front to the glossary. While Chapter 12, Operations Security ends around page 840, there are almost 100 additionaly pages of interesting and relevant information. For the price I definately think this is the best buy around.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The best could be better, easily
    This book, along with the CISSP Exam Prep Guide by Kurtz and Vines, provided me a great deal of insight into the 10 domains of computer security and it was instrumental in assisting me to pass the CISSP exam on the first try.

    No book alone can inform a candidate to the level of familiarity with this topic needed to pass this very broadly scoped exam. But, this book helped me put my 20+ years of IS experience into perspective from the point of view of the ten domains of computer security. It helped provide the context and framework for organizing and thinking about the issues, helped to sort-out and standardize my terminology, informed me in some areas where I was weak and provided pointers to additional resources to supplement my understanding.

    This book was helpful in spite of considerable shortcomings, including errors of fact, errors in logic, and an appalling number of typographical errors that must reflect a rush to publish and a lack of interest in quality control. Errors of fact included erroneous definitions of important terms, e.g., MTTR - improperly defined as the mean time between repairs rather than the mean time to repair. Some sample questions at the chapter ends included duplicate answers, and offered wrong answers as correct ones. While this occurred infrequently, it shouldn't happen at all. Without prior knowledge, the reader wouldn't know what was true and what was in error. The book was laced with exasperatingly trite examples that distracted from the theme development in the chapters. Moreover, many of the book's sections were far too wordy and could have been distilled or provided as an appendix for those who are interested in the tutorial material, e.g., over 150 pages on the telecom and security domain alone.

    The sample test S/W included informative questions, but was unwieldy, error-filled and did not permit the user to suspend the exercise until later nor did it provide for printing the Q&A's in any useful way.

    All in all I believe the book was a considerable help to me. If you can get by the multiplicity of errors and deal with the frustrating sample test software, it could be a helpful tool in preparing for the CISSP exam.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good CISSP reference.
    Good reference for CISSP. Easily comprehensible material.

    BTW, curious to know, has anybody taken CISSP exam, and not passed?

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good for General Knowledge, Bad for Exam
    I read this book and almost memorized it. I found it to be way to detailed for the CISSP. The CISSP poses questions that are vague and open to interpretation. If you are studying to pass the CISSP, you should probably use the book published by ISC2 (located on their Web site.) ... Read more


    3. Beyond Bullet Points: Using MicrosoftPowerPointto Create Presentations That Inform, Motivate, and Inspire (Bpg-Other)
    by Cliff Atkinson
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    Asin: 0735620520
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-02)
    Publisher: Microsoft Press
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Not only Beyond Bullet Points...Beyond PowerPoint too!
    Caution!The information presented in this book has applications far beyond PowerPoint.If you read this book you may find yourself inspired to think outside of the "text" box.You may think of innovative ways to use this information to become a better salesperson, a better organizer or a better communicator in general.

    At least, that was my experience.

    I recently used the principles in Cliff's book to organize the 3-year cirriculum for my company's new corporate university.Using the story template ensured that each course was tied to the strategic goals of the company.I just wish I had discovered his book at the beginning of the project!By the way, my "meta-story" template is posted on Cliff's blog at www.beyondbullets.com.Be sure to check it out!

    I've also used the story template as a guideline for writing a letter (to convince a client to see something my way) and to structure a talk I gave in church recently.

    I'm even convinced that the principles in this book can be used for non-persuasive presentations (i.e. technical training, informative presentations, etc.) and I plan to prove it.I'm working right now on re-vamping several of my technical training classes using this approach.I've written several of the story templates, and I can already see the improvement!

    Order the book!Visit the blog!Get ready to change the way you communicate!



    2-0 out of 5 stars Maybe Not
    For those wanting the add FX to their PP presentations - this isn't the book.The PP stuff is 101 level.For those looking for a format for their presentations - this offers one.Will it fit all, or even most, circumstances?Not in my experience of coaching business presentations for 20 + years.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Stop putting your audience to sleep!
    I can't count the number of boring bullet point presentations I've sat through in my life. Unfortunately, my audiences probably say the same thing! With the help of Cliff Atkinson's Beyond Bullet Points, hopefully my audiences won't have to endure yet another boring bullet point presentation.

    If you are looking for a book to teach you PowerPoint or looking to transform yourself into a PowerPoint "power user" look elsewhere. If you want to learn to develop effective presentations that engage your audience and not put them to sleep, Beyond Bullet Points is a great book.

    The book presents Cliff Atkinson's three step approach to presentations: Focus, Clarify and Engage. The method is based on story telling with a few twists to compensate for the complex nature of presentations.

    Chapter 1 starts with a fictional presentation which the book will transform from a boring bullet pointed presentation to one that engages the audience.

    Chapter 2-3 (focus) guides the reader as Cliff describes the process of writing the script for the new presentation.

    Chapter 4-6 (clarify) builds upon the previous chapters as the reader is guided through the process of clarifying the presentation's ideas.

    Chapter 7 lays out the groundwork to create an engaging script that will certainly bring life to your presentation.

    Appendix A summarizes Richard Mayer's excellent research on multimedia learning.

    Appendix B discusses Cliff's excellent tool, Beyond Bullet Points Storyboard Formatter.

    While PowerPoint is used as the tool in presenting Cliff's idea of storyboarded presentations, the concept is certainly beneficial to anyone that uses alternate tools.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book has transformed my business
    I am a professional speaker and workshop leader. People have always told me I am good. But now I look at my presentations and think, "I cannot believe I used to present this garbage and people responded." The ideas I got from this book have completely transformed my business.

    That may sound like a lofty claim but let me explain. I have never met Cliff Atkinson. Didn't know him from "Boo" before a month or two ago. I saw Cliff's book mentioned on a blog I read and began reading some of his posts. They were very useful and had a lot of great ideas. When this book was released, Cliff made an offer to do a makeover on a few presentations so that he could publically show people the results on his blog and in the discussion forum on his book site. When I saw that, I jumped at the chance.

    My sales presentation drives the majority of my revenue. Why wouldn't I? If I could make it better, great. If I didn't like the result, I could always stick with what I had been doing.

    Like it? Wow! The transformation has been amazing! You can see for yourself. Go to his blog and you can see my entire makeover process or you can see just a few before and afters in some of Cliff's blog posts. Look for Kim's makeover. I think you will agree the difference is truly amazing.

    But it didn't stop there. What Cliff is really teaching is a structure for presenting information. Storytelling is one of the most powerful communication tools out there. I was a good story teller - but my stories weren't tight. They were not concise. The Beyond Bullet Point approach gives my audience exactly what they need to keep them interested and answer their questions - no more, no less. It puts you in their shoes.

    I took Cliff's story structure and began to apply it in other areas. I have not only put it to work in other presentations, I tried a little experiment. I wrote one of my sixty second radio spots using Act 1 of Cliff's story structure. It began airing this week and right out of the gate it looks like it may be one of the best pulling ads I have ever run.

    But it didn't stop there either. I have been working with an ad agency to develop a positioning statement (some would call it a tag line) and a jingle. We had been going back and forth on the positioning statement. Nothing popped. After I finished the story template I used for the sixty second spot, I sent it over to the creative guy at the ad agency and we instantly knew we had a positioning statement. It came naturally right out of Cliff's story structure.

    So that is my story. I have never posted a review on Amazon before. I am an avid reader but I have no time to post reviews. For this book, I made time. I give this book my highest recommendation, which I will also do to readers of my newsletters and blog. I hope it is as powerful for you as it was for me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book teaches some essential writing skills!
    This book is the most pragmatic book on developing presentations, not just PowerPoint presos. It borrows from the craft of Hollywood that knows how to capture our attention, keep us entertained and influence us in more ways than we realize. The book is based on proven techniques used by the greatest storytellers for centuries and the author has boiled this down into a few principles that are easy to remember and use.

    I have already employed the techniques and I see a huge difference; my colleagues say so! Get this book and you will be guided to think a lot more critically about your audience, your message and more importantly your desired outcome. The Word template provided at the author's website is an awesome power tool, once you understand the concepts. ... Read more


    4. The Little SAS Book: A Primer, Third Edition
    by Lora D. Delwiche, Susan J. Slaughter
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    Asin: 1590473337
    Catlog: Book (2003-11-01)
    Publisher: SAS Publishing
    Sales Rank: 9696
    Average Customer Review: 4.08 out of 5 stars
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    Getting started with SAS is easy with The Little SAS Book. This friendly, easy-to-read guide gently introduces you to the most commonly used features of SAS software plus a whole lot more! The book has been revised to include concepts of the Output Delivery System; the STYLE= option in the PRINT, REPORT and TABULATE procedures; ODS HTML, RTF, PRINTER, and OUTPUT destinations; PROC REPORT; more on PROC TABULATE; exporting data;the colon modifier for informats.

    You'll find clear and concise explanations of basic SAS concepts (such as DATA and PROC steps), inputting data, modifying and combining data sets, summarizing and presenting data, basic statistical procedures, and debugging SAS programs.

    Each topic is presented in a self-contained two-page layout complete with examples and graphics. This format enables new users to get up and running quickly, while the examples allow you to type in the program and see it work! ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars For absolute beginners
    I own almost every introductory book on SAS in print, and this one is used the least. The most use it gets is when someone who has absolutely no experience with SAS comes to me for help - then I can loan this book. It is very easy to read and assumes no knowledge of SAS. It has a few tips that are hard to find in other books at this level, but otherwise falls short.

    What you will find here is a tutorial on the basics of the SAS/Base package, how to read in data, and a few basic procedures. It covers this material well, but it is not enough unless you are taking a course and have another resource such as lecture notes to do anything really useful. It does not really cover SAS/Stat. I have used the book as the text in a course I taught, as supplementary to my lecture notes. If I taught the same course again, I would choose a different book, such as Cody. The Little SAS Book is a nice book to get started, but will not be the only book you need.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you use SAS, BUY THIS BOOK!
    This is a great book for beginners as well as for, contrary to the opinions of some of the other reviews, more advanced SAS users/programmers. I've done a lot of SAS programming and have access to the big and expensive technical manuals on SAS as well as other books on SAS programming. Despite having access to massive tomes on SAS, I almost ALWAYS turn to the Little SAS Book, 2nd ed., when I start programming. Let me put it another way: If I was stranded on a desert island and, for some bizarre reason needed to do SAS programming, had to take along one book on SAS, I would choose the Little SAS Book over any of the bigger manuals and books on SAS.

    By the way, while this book has not been updated since 1996, from my experience, it still works very well with the latest SAS version (ver. 8). Hopefully, the authors will come out with a 3rd edition.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Totally Awful - Do not purchase!
    In both my undergraduate and graduate university career, I would rarely sell my old textbooks after I had completed a class. I usually beleived that I would need to refer back to the text if I wanted to apply what I learned in class at a later date. This book was the one notable exception. It was sold the day the class that required it ended. It is too simplistic and too full of fluff to be at all useful. It may provide someone with enough information to complete a project/assignement for a very basic class, but is not advanced enough to be useful to someone in a real world situation. In fact, if the authors were a little more efficent all the material in the book could be covered in about 10 pages. As an alternative, I would recommend SAS Programming by Example by Cody and Pass. That book assumes no previous knowledge of SAS and is appropriate for beginners. However, it has a lot more substance than The Little SAS Book.

    Also, such a "little" book is not worth $30. Unfortunately, SAS has always charged top dollar for its products and most of the books about SAS are expensive as well.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Quick reference book & beginner's guide
    This book works with all versions of SAS and I found it a useful reference. It explains to you how to enter and manipulate your datasets in SAS. Also brief description of PROCs and options with each PROC. Each topic is in a separate page and all contained in about 2 pages at the most. So do not expect so much details on these procedure but if you happened to forget a syntax line, grab this book's index and the reminder is there for you. I recommend it to all SAS users.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for beginners
    This is a must have for beginners. I work in a firm where even the experts refer to this book from time to time. This book is not intended to explore advanced topics for the advanced user, but I promise that it will provide a great foundation for new users ... Read more


    5. Microsoft Windows 2003 Server Resource Kit: Special Promotion Edition
    by Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Corporation
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    Asin: 0735614717
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-04)
    Publisher: Microsoft Press
    Sales Rank: 880
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    A powerhouse, seven-volume reference providing information and tools for managing and optimizing Windows Server 2003—straight from the Microsoft Windows product team. ... Read more


    6. Pattern Classification (2nd Edition)
    by Richard O. Duda, Peter E. Hart, David G. Stork
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    Asin: 0471056693
    Catlog: Book (2000-10)
    Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
    Sales Rank: 41994
    Average Customer Review: 3.69 out of 5 stars
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    The first edition, published in 1973, has become a classic reference in the field. Now with the second edition, readers will find information on key new topics such as neural networks and statistical pattern recognition, the theory of machine learning, and the theory of invariances. Also included are worked examples, comparisons between different methods, extensive graphics, expanded exercises and computer project topics. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Review of Duda, Hart and Stork's "Pattern Recognition"
    The original book by Duda and Hart has been the bible of the machine learning community. In recent years there has been a spate of books aspiring to that mantle. For the most part, these have suffered from being too close to the subject of statistical inference in its current incarnation. One suspects they will quickly grow dated, as the current machine learning fads-du-jour pass.

    In contrast, the revised version of the book, ably sheparded by David Stork, stays true to the vision of the original. It elaborates the fundamental issues underlying machine learning in a clear manner, with a keen eye for the broad perspective. The reader should be aware though that in order to make the text extremely accessible, some of it is misleadingly simplified, and some crucial references are left out.

    The book is clearly written, and should be understandable by any technically trained undergraduate or graduate student. All in all, a joy to have on one's shelf.

    4-0 out of 5 stars not exactly a revision
    The 1973 book by Duda and Hart was a classic. It surveyed the literature on pattern classification and scene analysis and provided the practitioner with wonderful insight and exposition of the subject. In the intervening 28 years the field has exploded and there has been an enormous increase in technical approaches and applications.

    With this in mind the authors and their new coauthor David Stork go about the task of providing a revision. True to the goals of the original the authors undertake to describe pattern recognition under a variety of topics and with several available methods to cover each topic. Important new areas are covered and old but now deemed less significant are dropped. Advances in statistical computing and computing in general also dictate the topics. So although the authors are the same and the title is almost the same (note that scene analysis is dropped from the title) it is more like an entirely new book on the subject rthan a revision of the old. For a revision, I would expect to see mostly the same chapters with the same titles and only a few new chapters along with expansion of old chapters.

    Although I view this as a new book, that is not necessarily bad. In fact it may be viewed as a strength of the book. It maintains the style and clarity of the original that we all loved but represents the state-of-the-art in pattern recognition at the beginning of the 21st Century.

    The original had some very nice pictures. I liked some of them so much that I used them with permission in the section on classification error rate estimation in my bootstrap book. This edition goes much further with beautiful graphics including many nice three-dimensional color pictures like the one on the cover page.

    The standard classical material is covered in the first five chapters with new material included (e.g. the EM algorithm and hidden markov models in Chapter 3). Chapter 6 covers multilayer neural networks (a totally new area). Nonmetric methods including decision trees and the CART methodology are covered in Chapter 8. Each chapter has a large number of relevant references and many homework exercises and computer exercises.

    Chapter 9 is "Algorithm-Independent Machine Learning" and it includes the wonderful "No Free Lunch" theorem (Theorem 9.1), a discussion of the minimum desciption length principle, overfitting issues and Occam's razor, bias - variance tradeoffs,resampling method for estimation and classifier evaluation, and ideas about combining classifiers.

    Chapter 10 is on unsurpervised learning and clustering. In addition to the traditional techniques covered in the first edition the authors include the many advances in mixture models.

    I was particularly interested in that part of Chapter 9. There is good coverage of the topics and they provide a number of good references. However, I was a bit disappointed with the cursory treatment of bootstrap estimation of classification accuracy (section 9.6.3 on pages 485 - 486). I particularly disagree with the simplistic statement "In practice, the high computational complexity of bootstrap estimation of classifier accuracy is rarely worth possible improvements in that estimate (Section 9.5.1)". On the other hand, the book is one of the first to cover the newer and also promising resampling approaches called "Bagging" and "Boosting" that these authors seem to favor.

    Davison and Hinkley's bootstrap text is mentioned for its practical applications and guidance for bootstrapping. The authors overlook Shao and Tu which offers more in the way of guidance. Also my book provides some guidance for error rate estimation but is overlooked.

    My book also illustrate the limitations of the bootstrap. Phil Good's book provides guidance and is mentioned by the authors. But his book is very superficial and overgeneralized with respect to guiding practitioners. For these reasons I held back my enthusiasm and only gave this text four stars.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introductory Text and Reference Tool
    If you think that some method such as SVM is the "holy grail" of machine learning and pattern recognition and are interested only in an in-depth coverage of that specific tool, this book is not for you. If, however, you want to understand the basic concepts and methods employed by a broad range of researchers and scientists, I highly recommend buying it.

    The book covers a broad range of topics in pattern recognition. Its explanations are lucid, and its illustrations are helpful. The book is well-written and well-organized. When using this book as part of a low-level graduate course, I was not particularly impressed. Recently, however, I have found myself frequently going back to the book to refresh my understanding of the basic idea of some topic. I recommend PC as a companion text for a course in pattern recognition. I also recommend purchasing the book for private use.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Book for Pattern Recognition
    This book is full of useful algorithms, as well as the theory behind them. The explanations are good, although they sometimes require reading them several times to fully grip what is going on and why it works (but this is the case with many useful algorithms). This is a must-have for pattern rec work.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Definitely The Best
    Everything You ever want to know about the subject for intermediate .
    Handbook of industries methods and algorithms for advanced .
    Together with Mitchell perfect for beginners . ... Read more


    7. Newton's Telecom Dictionary, 21st Edition: Covering Telecommunications, Networking, Information Technology, The Internet, Fiber Optics, RFID, Wireless, and VoIP
    by Harry Newton
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    Asin: 1578203155
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-22)
    Publisher: CMP Books
    Sales Rank: 1375
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    This is the world's bestselling and most comprehensive reference book on telecom, data communications, networking, computing and the Internet, with over 675,000 copies sold. Featuring 500 new terms plus hundreds more updated and expanded entries, the 21st edition of Newton's Telecom Dictionary weighs in at over four times larger than any other telecom and IT dictionary, and includes wireless, broadband, VoIP, RFID, and fiber optics terms.

    Packed with over 22,400 definitions, it explains technical concepts in non-technical language that anyone can understand. It's used by more leading technology companies for training and employee orientation than any other text.

    Four bonus sections include: Harry Newton's favorite money-saving tips for telecom, computing, and more; what happens when telecom services are suddenly free?—a vision for this business in the 21st century; how you should orient your precious telecom budget in today's tight times; disaster recovery planning to protect your computing and telecom resources.

    Most dictionaries are updated every ten to twenty years. Not this one. Newton updates this dictionary every day and issues a new, expanded, improved and updated edition every ear. This edition is current as of Spring 2005.
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    8. Mastering Windows Server 2003
    by Mark Minasi, Christa Anderson, Michele Beveridge, C. A. Callahan, Lisa Justice
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    Asin: 0782141307
    Catlog: Book (2003-04-07)
    Publisher: Sybex Inc
    Sales Rank: 2461
    Average Customer Review: 4.02 out of 5 stars
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    If you're a current or aspiring Windows administrator or consultant, look no further than Mastering Windows Server 2003 for the in-depth, comprehensive, unbiased, and highly readable (some would even say entertaining) coverage readers have come to expect from the leading Windows authority, Mark Minasi. Building on the solid foundation established over years of working with and writing on Windows products, Mark Minasi takes you where few have ventured within Windows Server 2003, Microsoft's flagship network operating system that provides a solution for file and printer sharing, secure Internet connectivity, centralized desktop application deployment, and rich collaboration between businesses, employees, and customers. Anyone evaluating or planning a deployment of .NET Server will benefit immeasurably from Mark Minasi's detailed discussion of Windows Server 2003 installation, configuration, and essential operations. Mark Minasi is a regular keynote speaker at major IT conferences across the country. His training seminars sell out months in advance. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars THEE Windows Server 2003 Manual
    This book more than met my need for learning Windows Server 2003. Our non-profit was looking to migrate from NT 4.0 to Windows Server 2003, this book helped us plan it and execute it flawlessly. What is really helpful is all the examples of common mistakes so that I could avoid them. In this field there is little time to learn a new technology but this book made it possible for me to do so. The text is easy to read and in fact fun. Mark keeps it quite humorous yet focused. It is as though he is sitting there guiding you through all the steps. I also have his Windows XP Professional book and highly recommend it as well. It is a necessary part of any network administrators library, even replacing the ones you get from Microsoft.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Thank You, Mark Minasi!!!
    This book is just amazing! As someone who is fairly new to administering Windows 2003 (um, and Windows 2000 and Active Directory), it has proved to be a GODSEND! This is THE book that I grab everytime I need to learn how to set something up. Mark has this incredible ability to feel like he is right in the room with me, looking over my shoulder. His explanations are great. And, I for one, am glad that I get LOTS of pages for my money. I didn't know the first thing about DNS, Active Directory or Windows 2000/2003 Server when I picked up this book and now my test domains are simply humming along. I picked this book up in a bookstore after reading bits and pieces at the bookshelf. I came out to the Amazon site to get the ISBN number for a colleague when I read some of the reviews. You guys are crazy. I've read a ton of technical books and none of them come close to this one, in terms of what you get for the money. And why on earth would you think that you should be able to print from the CD? What's the copyright good for, if I could print a copy out for all of my friends. I'm sure it took a lot of effort to write this book and I, for one, am willing to pay for it. I'm sold. Thanks Mark. You made my life much easier.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good
    I have Minasi's Windows 2000 and Windows 2003 Mastering books. I would recommend Mastering Windows 2003 to most but I would also recommend Windows Server 2003 Inside Out. Having both books is a Godsend. Windows Server 2003 Inside Out has become my goto book for the indepth stuff especially monitoring, maintenance, Active Directory, networking, printing. Inside Out has the best coverage of DNS, DHCP, and TCP/IP. Mastering is still my goto book when I have to deal with Mac to Windows support or Unix to Windows issues or NetWare to Windows. Mastering is good for issues with older OSs like connectivity to Windows for Workgroup clients.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Probably the best
    If you can read and understand this book, you know 2003 period!!! Don't let the bad reviews about the humor distract you. Yes IT is a serious business, but to say that humor in IT or in an IT book is unwarranted is just obsurd. If you are in this business with no sense of humor, well I sure hope we never cross paths.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you only want to buy ONE win server book, buy this one.
    Definately, outstanding book. I'm a Microsoft MVP on Windows and I think this book helped me a lot.

    When you read some other Windows Server books, you may find boring. That's normal because technical books are not stories. But, learn windows server by reading this book will not feel boring. It's not only a great book on technical view, but also a very interesting book.

    If you want to buy ONLY ONE windows server 2003 book, buy this one! ... Read more


    9. Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CISSP Exam
    by Susan Hansche, John Berti, Chris Hare
    list price: $69.95
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    Asin: 084931707X
    Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
    Publisher: Auerbach Publications
    Sales Rank: 11955
    Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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    Candidates for the CISSP exam can now go directly to the source for study materials that are indispensable in achieving certification. The Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CISSP Exam is derived from the actual CBK review course created and administered by the non-profit security consortium (ISC)2.In addition to being an invaluable study guide, this book is detailed enough to serve as an authoritative information security resource. Both of the guide's co-authors are CISSPs, and the entire text has been reviewed and approved by Hal Tipton, Co-Founder and Past President of ISSA and Co-Founder of (ISC)2. The ten subject areas included, each a section from the Common Body of Knowledge (CBK), have been reviewed by multiple CISSPs, all of whom are recognized leaders in their fields.A CISSP certification garners significant respect, signifying that the recipient has demonstrated a higher standard of knowledge, proficiency, and ethics. This book ensures that a student is fully prepared to face the exam's rigorous criteria. It is crafted to match the overall theme of the exam, which emphasizes a general, solutions-oriented knowledge of security that organizations want. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars official ISC2 gide to the CISSP Exam
    As a future CISSP, I found this book very incomplete and difficult to read. I was given this book in a course, however I would not buy it. I expect a 2nd edition to come out next year.

    I would strongly suggest the Shon Harris book for future CISSP

    5-0 out of 5 stars From the author Susan Hansche
    The authors made many efforts to assure that there were not errors in the "The Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CISSP Exam," most notably having every chapter reviewed by subject matter experts in the field. It was our goal to provide a comprehensive study guide and reference tool for the CISSP Common Body of Knowledge. If there are errors, we want to know about them and make corrections.

    In order for us to ensure that the book is responsive to the information system security community, we would like to hear your specific comments - both positive and constructive criticism. If you would like to send comments to us, especially an error that you find in the material, please send an email to cisspbook@cox.net. Please include the location in the book (i.e., page number and paragraph/line number) with your comment. If you are reporting an error, please indicate how you think it should be corrected and any appropriate reference material that verifies the correction.

    P.S. For those wondering why I rated my own book, this system will not be let me leave the star rating as blank.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Riddled with errors!!
    I was so excited to review this book and am so unbelievably disgusted and saddened. It has so many errors, I am not sure how 3 authors could not have caught them.

    I pray that the actually CISSP exam does not have so many errors embedded into it if this is the official study guide.

    I am afraid that people who are not security professionals will learn the wrong information if they study this book.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Poorly Illustrated. Better quality was expected
    After months of wait, finally book is in the market.

    I was expecting better presentation and ultimate reference from ISC2. I was really disappointed. Even than it is a must have book because it "Official" guide. However, don't just focus on this one, it is too verbose but still as its is "official" you have to read it. Look for other resources like "CISSP Study Guide in SimpleFAQs" by PacificIS, " CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide" by Shon Harris and cccure.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great explanations good resource
    This book is a very good resource, whether you're preparing for the exam or just trying to evaluate the security in your ecommerce business. Warning!! It doesn't cover everything you might see on the CISSP exam. It does cover 80% or better and the explanations offered are particularly good. I used it in conjunction with the CISSP prep book by Vines and Krutz and supplemented both with the massive amount of information that is readily obtainable over the web. If you can't afford a boot camp this is a book you definitely want to have on your desk. Real world experience is critical, but you're not going to know all you need without tapping into the experience of others. ... Read more


    10. The Data Warehouse Toolkit: The Complete Guide to Dimensional Modeling (Second Edition)
    by RalphKimball, MargyRoss
    list price: $55.00
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    Asin: 0471200247
    Catlog: Book (2002-04-12)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 7925
    Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Single most authoritative guide from the inventor of the technique.
    * Presents unique modeling techniques for e-commerce, and shows strategies for optimizing performance.
    * Companion Web site provides updates on dimensional modeling techniques, links related to sites, and source code where appropriate.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Practical Wisdom
    There are a lot of data warehousing books out there that try to answer the question: 'Why'? Why data warehouses are needed to help businesses make better decisions - why the OLTP systems that run the business can't do this - and sometimes even why businesses ought to invest in data warehouses. These books were terrifically useful to us years ago, when we needed help (and scholarly footnotes) in our data warehouse project proposals.

    This book is not one of those - it is all about: 'How'.

    How to actually design and build a repository that will deliver real value to real people. In this reviewer's opinion, Ralph Kimball's many contributions related to the 'how' of data warehousing stand alone.

    An engineer trying to just-start data warehouse expertise would have to read Ralph's Data Warehouse Toolkit first edition, his Data Webhouse Toolkit... a bunch of Intelligence Enterprise magazine articles... AND lurk on the Data Warehousing List Server...for a few years (all terrific resources - by the way) - in order to stockpile the knowledge that is crisply presented here.

    No shortcuts that I can spot: all of the toughest dimensional design issues that I've tripped on - and can remember surfacing on in discussion groups over the past few years - are addressed in this significantly updated text. Not all of the solutions are 'pretty' - but it is clear that they thoughtfully address the problem. This rings true to my God-given 'bs' detector.

    The authors have been listening to and addressing the data warehouse community's 'pain' through periodicals and posts - but this book pulls these point solutions together very nicely. I learned a surprising number of really useful new techniques, and was genuinely enlightened by the 'Present Imperatives and Future Outlook' section.

    As in the first edition, there is minimal philosophical lecturing, and zero religion - perhaps the only reason to hesitate in describing it as the 'bible' of dimensional data warehousing. Authors of 'bibles' sometimes appear to be handcuffed by their need to be perceived as infallible - such is not the case here. Instead, we get generous helpings of real-world case studies - aptly used to illustrate a progressively more advanced series of design concepts.

    This style absolutely works for me. And I suspect that engineering mindsets typical of the folks that build these things will surely agree.

    In short, the Data Warehouse Toolkit Second Edition will significantly lighten the load of books that I carry between data warehouse engagements...

    5-0 out of 5 stars As essential as the first edition
    I was undecided if I should buy this book after having read the first edition, but I'm happy I did.
    The second edition updates many of the concepts contained in the first and includes some new chapters on hot topics like CRM and Telecommunications (which is the most important sector for dw at least here in Italy where I live).
    I think that Kimball books are everything that's needed to design good, robust and flexible data warehouses, and this book maintains his high quality standards.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you dont have it you ain't a Datawarehouse developer
    The mandatory bible for any datawarehouse developer. Complete with examples and case studies, it will satisfy beginners as well as experienced professionals. I began with this.. and havent finished using it yet!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best
    This book simply is the best data warehouse book in the market, and an absolute must-read if you are in Data Warehouse field. The best part about this book is that it's not hogged down with technical non-sense, and it's quite easy to read and understand. Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Indispensible Book
    After six years of creating data warehouse applications, making a plethora of mistakes and learning stuff the hard way, I wish I had had this book at the start! Every other page offers a solution to some problem or other that I have had. In the project I am just starting I am facing new challenges and am finding help with them as well. The best part is how solutions I used in the past which were appropriate for those problems are contrasted with solutions for problems like the ones I am facing now. Almost as bad as solving a problem the wrong way (or overlooking it entirely) is reusing an old solution that does not fit the new problem. This book clearly spells out when each solution is appropriate. I can not speak too highly about how useful this book will be for you! ... Read more


    11. QuickBooks 2004 The Official Guide
    by KathyIvens, Kathy Ivens
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    Asin: 0072231394
    Catlog: Book (2003-11-21)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
    Sales Rank: 12475
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    “Intuit-approved and loaded with secrets, Quicken Press books provide you with recipes for financial success.”--Scott Cook, Co-founder, Intuit, Inc.

    The only official guide to QuickBooks 2004, this information-packed resource teaches users of all levels how to manage their finances for business or home. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Reference Book Only - Don't buy to learn to use Quickbooks!
    I bought this book to learn how to use QuickBooks properly after my accountant noticed a few major issues with how I tracked things in my company file. I found this book worthless for a beginner trying to learn how to use the product. Also, it doesn't seem to provide significantly more detail than QuickBooks online help. The only thing I've used it for so far is learning a good account naming scheme...

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book has everything you need
    This book not only has clear explanations about how to perform every bookkeeping chore in Quickbooks, it also explains what's going on in the background so you can understand how your profit and loss numbers accumulated. Beyond that, this book has important and useful information about workarounds for all the Quickbooks functions that are annoying if you or your accountant don't want to do things the "Quickbooks way". The explanations and tips about setting up sales tax, overcoming bank reconciliation problems, tracking inventory, and managing customers are beautifully written and easy to understand. My accountant said he learned from it and took what he learned to his other Quickbooks customers. This book lets you get the most out of QuickBooks, and shows you how to run your business properly.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Resource
    This book has the most accurate information on all the Quickbooks features, and the explanations are so easy to follow that it's like having a private tutor. No matter what you need to do, this book has instructions, even if you don't want to do things the way Quickbooks normally works. These workarounds, along with all the "insider" information and tips, make this book an incredibly useful, wonderful, guide to getting everything you need out of Quickbooks. ... Read more


    12. WCDMA for UMTS : Radio Access for Third Generation Mobile Communications
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    Asin: 0470870966
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-03)
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
    Sales Rank: 50850
    Average Customer Review: 3.91 out of 5 stars
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    Written by leading experts in the field, the first edition of WCDMA for UMTS quickly became established as the best-selling and most highly respected book on the air interface of 3G cellular systems. 
    Fully revised and updated the third edition now covers the key features of 3GPP Release ‘6 ensuring its position as the leading principal resource in this constantly progressing area.

    Features new sections on:

    • Multicasting MBMS
    • End-to-end performance
    • WCDMA field measurements
    • Smart antenna beamforming in WCDMA
    • Enhanced uplink DCH concept – beyond 3GPP Rel’6
    • Chinese TD-SCDMA
    • An IMS Case Study

    The third edition provides a deep understanding of the WCDMA air interface, its capabilities and its optimal usage  - the key to success in the UMTS business, making this practical approach highly accessible to operators, network and terminal manufacturers, service providers, university students and frequency regulators. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Read "a different" book before this one.
    Otherwise it might be somehow confusing. This book is a must for professionals as another reviewer stated but it is not very suitable as the first book on UMTS technologies. This book serves best as supplementary reading. For example new-beginner readers might get confused talkink about SIP at the first chapter before explaining W-CDMA and core-network layout. Anyway, this book contains wealth of information on UMTS technologies and warmly recommended for serious readers.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Informative but not lucid
    Its a good book for starters and people getting to know the subject of wcdma and umts. But, the language is very bland and looks more of an ieee paper. Recommended for people who are indireclty associated with umts or similar products.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Useful compilation of standards, if you need them
    If you like to read standards or have to in the course of your work, this book offers a useful and succinct compilation. Other than that, there is nothing to recommend this book as it does not help improve your understanding. Then again, this is not the kind of book which people who do not have to work with standards will want to read.

    There is a short chapter on cdma2000 at the end.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not for newbies, must for pros
    This book delivers exactly what it promises: a profound, compact and clear description of WCDMA for UMTS. The reader is expected to understand quite advanced concepts of mobile communications, hence it is not a good book for managers who want to know what 3G is all about nor for undergraduate students who want to learn cellular system basics. It is an excellent book for experienced network planners, protocol designers or research engineers, for example, who want to move from 2G to 3G. Simple test: if you don't know what are Erlang-B, orthogonal codes or layered protocol architecture, you want to study them first from another book.

    2-0 out of 5 stars umts
    With UMTS you must read what you can get - unfortunately what you can get is not aleays what you want - so with this book. Although the authors seem well informed, they are not god communicators - their explanations are alternatively trivial or incomprehensible, their diagrams, in most cases copied slavishly from the specifications, explain nothing. Perhaps this book is useful as a reference after the subject is comprehended. Comprehension does not lie here. ... Read more


    13. Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
    by Steve Krug
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    Asin: 0789723107
    Catlog: Book (2000-10-13)
    Publisher: New Riders Press
    Sales Rank: 2473
    Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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    Usability design is one of the most important--yet often least attractive--tasks for a Web developer. In Don't Make Me Think, author Steve Krug lightens up the subject with good humor and excellent, to-the-point examples.

    The title of the book is its chief personal design premise. All of the tips, techniques, and examples presented revolve around users being able to surf merrily through a well-designed site with minimal cognitive strain. Readers will quickly come to agree with many of the book's assumptions, such as "We don't read pages--we scan them" and "We don't figure out how things work--we muddle through." Coming to grips with such hard facts sets the stage for Web design that then produces topnotch sites.

    Using an attractive mix of full-color screen shots, cute cartoons and diagrams, and informative sidebars, the book keeps your attention and drives home some crucial points. Much of the content is devoted to proper use of conventions and content layout, and the "before and after" examples are superb. Topics such as the wise use of rollovers and usability testing are covered using a consistently practical approach.

    This is the type of book you can blow through in a couple of evenings. But despite its conciseness, it will give you an expert's ability to judge Web design. You'll never form a first impression of a site in the same way again. --Stephen W. Plain

    Topics covered:

    • User patterns
    • Designing for scanning
    • Wise use of copy
    • Navigation design
    • Home page layout
    • Usability testing
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The farmer and the cowman should be friends.
    This book walks it's talk. It is written and arranged exactly as a useable web site should be, clear and concise, with scannable (as well as enjoyable) text. The clean attractive design and graphics accurately and efficiently illustrate the text, which is easy to read and to understand. I love the use of cartoon people with thought balloons to suggest how people think while using a web site.

    There is no clutter of technical gibberish or endless verbose rambling on statistics. The chapter on usability testing takes us step by step through the process and is descriptive and instructional instead of theoretical. Steve Krug doesn't feel he has to sacrifice creativity, visual interest, individuality, or effective advertising in order to develop a usable web site. "Good tag lines are personable, lively, and sometimes clever. Clever is good, but only if the cleverness helps convey - not obscure - the message."

    I can't agree with those who dismiss this book as nothing but common sense. While I see nothing wrong with publishing a reference and instructional manual that is full of common sense, this book also presents the reasoning behind every method that is suggested. The clashes between designers, programmers, and advertisers are explored and addressed. While I agree that the simple and obvious conclusion is that the focus should be on the user, it is refreshing and helpful to find a book which distills information from all of the varied and opposing developer viewpoints, and applies to them to that end. The book is, after all, subtitled "A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability." Also, like most common sense, it isn't really so obvious until after someone has pointed it out to you.

    Here are a few things you won't find in this book, which makes it all the more effective and convincing. You won't find anything that claims this is the "right" way to design web sites. There will be no discussion of business models or predictions for the future of the web. The best omission of all is that there is no bad mouthing of poorly designed sites. According to Steve Krug "Designing, building, and maintaining a great web site isn't easy. It's like golf: a handful of ways to get the ball in the hole, a million ways not to. Anyone who gets it half right has my admiration."

    This book gets it more than half right.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Last Word on Web Usability. Period.
    Some products are hard to improve upon. For example, I believe cars will have 4 wheels for centuries to come despite the fact that it is possible to produce cars with 3 or 5 wheels.

    This book, in a similar fashion, is hard to improve upon. The title summarizes the most important web usability principle there is. However, from my own 5 year experience as a web designer and developer, I know that that is the hardest for a client to accept. Clients sometimes want to go for the most complicated and busy type of designs since otherwise they think they are not getting their "money's worth." They sometimes don't understand that we are actually designing these web sites not for them but for their customers/users. And once the users start to think, they are gone. They click and disappear.

    This short book that you can read within an hour or two makes such good sense that it should be required reading in every web design class.

    Especially important for me were the last chapters on testing, busting one myth after another, and explaining the merits of "going-out-of-business-sale usability testing."

    The blow-by-blow sample usability test session in Chapter 10 is invaluable for all small business owners who cannot afford big-budget testing performed by third parties.

    Designing a web site before reading this book should be declared illegal all across the English-speaking world. Buy it today, keep it next to your keyboard and flip through it once a month.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Required Reading
    This book should be required reading for not only web designers, but anyone who owns a website. The book was a bit on the thin side and when I got it I thought it should have been thicker for the money. I was wrong.

    This book takes you through every facet of usability and is as applicable to a single person with one site as it is to a multi-level corporation who owns 30 sites. His writing style is fun and humorous and the book is an easy read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction to Web Usability
    If there's a book to use when introducing someone to the ideas of usability on the Web, I'd have to say that I think this is it. Not Nielsen, and not Cooper (at least not to start with). Steve Krug's "Don't Make Me Think" has the most no-nonsense and easy-to-follow approach I think I've ever seen, and best of all, he makes SENSE.

    First of all, Krug deconstructs some of the sites we all know and use often, and he does so to help us see what we should be doing, as well as what we should not. I remember being especially impressed with his in-depth analysis of Amazon.com's navigation scheme (Chapter 6 - "Street Signs and Breadcrumbs"), from the use of tabs to the structure of the sub-navigation to color changes, he covers it all with a sense of humor, clear pictorial examples, a sharp eye for detail, and a clear concise explanation of what works and why. The reader is left with a greater understanding of not only why Amazon has been so successful, but also what choices they made that helped them find this solution.

    The chapter on usability testing (Chapter 9 - "Usability Testing on 10 cents a day") was another fine example of clear communication and great ideas. Krug's breakdown of how the usability process should be conducted, and why it's needed in the first place, is concise and not preachy, as some usability authors are, and it really gives the reader an excellent idea of how they can fit usability into their process. This is probably the best way to "sell" usability to someone, and he does a great job of it.

    The whole book is like that, really, but those chapters were highlights in the book for me. His ideas on simplicity of presentation and home page design were also well-taken, both as a designer and as someone who uses the web. Perhaps that is what makes his book so excellent, is that really, anyone could get something out of it. Whether it's the person who surfs the web now and again or the one who designs the pages for it or the one who's paying for the person to design pages for it, anyone could read this book and benefit from it, without having to wade through piles of needless verbage or proselytizing.

    In the end, "Don't Make Me Think" seems to be an example of what it advises... it keeps things simple and accessible for a wide variety of people, and thereby makes itself useful as an excellent resource. The next time someone asks me what Web usability is all about, this is the first book I'll be recommending to them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't design your website without this book!
    This book is a definite MUST HAVE for any website designer, newbie to web design and anyone and everyone who has an online business. Simple, easy to understand visuals compliment the text, which is written in a very simplistic manner. This book is wonderful - magnificent - excellent, and will help you greatly understand the elements of successful web design. I've used it to consistently update my own website, at:
    http://www.aei.dli.com

    If you don't have this book, you're missing out on your single-most-important investment in your professional life! ... Read more


    14. Internetworking with TCP/IP Vol.1: Principles, Protocols, and Architecture (4th Edition)
    by Douglas E. Comer
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    Asin: 0130183806
    Catlog: Book (2000-01-18)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 20325
    Average Customer Review: 4.82 out of 5 stars
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Richard Steven's TCP/IP Illustrated is MUCH better
    Douglas Comer was first book that I read to understand the TCP/IP about 12 years ago. However, after reading the Richard Stevens' series, I changed all of the training material that I was putting together for the company I work for to use Stevens instead.

    The Richard Steven's book is much better at explaining the principles and concepts of TCP/IP and if you really want to understand the internals of a good TCP/IP implementation, the Richard Stevens, "TCP/IP: Vol II" uses the BSD (Unix) implementation, which is much better than Xinu (Comer's choice).

    This is a good book, but Richard Stevens' "TCP/IP Illustrated" is much better.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best TCP-IP introduction you can find
    To learn about TCP-IP there are three aspects you should consider: TCP-IP standards, TCP-IP implementation and TCP-IP programming.

    Are you looking for a good intro about TCP-IP Standards? This is surely the best. This book isn't about TCP-IP programming or implementation; I would say that it is an organized, gentle and concise presentation of the Internet documentation known as RFC ( request for comments ). After reading this book you should try "TCP-IP Illustrated, Vol. 1" by Richard Stevens, because it offers a more practical approach describing a real TCP-IP Internet "on the fly". After these two books you have a good background to read the Internet RFCs and more specific books about routing, firewalls, proxys, Internet high-level protocols and applications ( http, ftp, telnet, smtp, pop, etc ... ).

    After the basics you should read a book about a particular implementation of TCP-IP for the OS you are using. A nice intro about TCP-IP for Unix is "TCP-IP Network Administration" by Craig Hunt. Three other O'Reilly's books about specific topics on TCP-IP Administration for Unix are "DNS and Bind" , "Sendmail" and "Managing NFS and NIS".

    If you are interested in Unix TCP-IP programming there is still a quite long way, because you should know "C" language, basic Unix programing and Unix network programming. For this herculean task, I highly recommend "Advanced Programming in Unix Environment" by Richard Stevens for basic Unix programming and "Unix Network Programming Vol. 1" also by Richard Stevens for TCP-IP programming. These are the best books on basic and network programming for Unix OS.

    By the way, You don't need the Volumes 2 and 3 of this book. This Volume 1 is the only one you should buy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Complex ideas explained in simple terms
    I am normally too lazy to write reviews of books that I have read. But this one is different. I truly wants to give credit to the author in whatever way I can. And then I realized I should go to amazon.com and write a review about it if possible. So here I am. If you read same stuff elsewhere (e.g internet articles, other popular books even Stevens ! etc) my experience is they tend to make things a little more complex then they are. Douglas, tells you things that you want to know directly and in simple easy terms.

    And he continue to answer all relevent questions that comes to your mind while reading. This way you feel comfortable that yes you have grabbed the crux of the knowledge and feel confident about it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Even better
    This new edition expands and updates the previous one (a true classic). Several parts were rewritten to improve understanding (e.g. RIP solutions) and a lot of modern technologies are now discussed, including Mobile IP, IPsec, VPNs, IP Multicasting, Voice and Video over IP, and IP Telephony.
    It is worth every dollar of its price.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This it the bible
    I have been doing Internet protocol engineering for 12 years and I can say that people in the industry consider Comer Vol 1 to be the bible for Internetworking reference. The fourth edition is nearly three times as thick as my copy of the first edition. Douglas Comer keeps this book up to date and useful for modern Internet developers. If you're a student, read this book. I've gone through a lot of books that claim to be the same thing as Comer Vol 1 and have found none that really compare. ... Read more


    15. Modeling Derivatives in C++ (Wiley Finance)
    by JustinLondon
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    Asin: 0471654647
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-17)
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
    Sales Rank: 7087
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    This book is the definitive and most comprehensive guide to modeling derivatives in C++ today. Providing readers with not only the theory and math behind the models, as well as the fundamental concepts of financial engineering, but also actual robust object-oriented C++ code, this is a practical introduction to the most important derivative models used in practice today, including equity (standard and exotics including barrier, lookback, and Asian) and fixed income (bonds, caps, swaptions, swaps, credit) derivatives. The book provides complete C++ implementations for many of the most important derivatives and interest rate pricing models used on Wall Street including Hull-White, BDT, CIR, HJM, and LIBOR Market Model. London illustrates the practical and efficient implementations of these models in real-world situations and discusses the mathematical underpinnings and derivation of the models in a detailed yet accessible manner illustrated by many examples with numerical data as well as real market data. A companion CD contains quantitative libraries, tools, applications, and resources that will be of value to those doing quantitative programming and analysis in C++. Filled with practical advice and helpful tools, Modeling Derivatives in C++ will help readers succeed in understanding and implementing C++ when modeling all types of derivatives. ... Read more


    16. Photoshop CS2 Workflow: The Digital Photographer's Guide
    by Tim Grey
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    Asin: 0782143962
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-29)
    Publisher: Sybex Inc
    Sales Rank: 780
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    This highly anticipated full-color book from best-selling author Tim Grey is the first workflow-oriented guide to Photoshop. If you're a digital photographer interested in maximizing the quality of your images using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, here is your definitive guide to image optimization. Emphasizing the processes for making images as good as they can be, topics covered in this book include: sorting images, RAW conversion, basic adjustments and cleanup, advanced adjustments, automation, and output processing. An accompanying website provides you with images from the book. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A What to Do When Book, Not a How to do it.
    When you first start working with digital photographs, that is beyond the shoot and store on hard disk, you wind up working with Photoshop. And when you start working with Photoshop, you are faced with a bewildering assortment of things that you can do. You're going to spend lots of time with your computer. If you're like most of us, you will try this and that, and eventually find that you can spend an enormous amount of time manipulating an image. Some of the things produce dramatic impact, many do not.

    Most people want to go shoot pictures and not spend too much time staring at a computer. This book is about applying some organization to using Photoshop. If you follow a procedure to first look at your pictures, then decide what to do and in what order, you can get better pictures faster, leaving more time to go shoot more.

    This book is about all of these steps. It is a mixture of what to do to an image (it is not a how to do it, that's a Photoshop book), in what order, and how to wind up with a spectacular picture quickly.

    This is a different concept from any of the Photoshop books I've read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE definitive new digital photography book
    Tim has done it again! His new book, Photoshop CS2 Workflow; The Digital Photographer's Guide is a "must read" for all levels of digital photographers.Easy to read and well organized, it is an excellent guide in helping to optimize our digital images.

    Dr. Ben Pridemore, Jr.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Work To Date
    Yes, I know, you can't exactly trust a review posted by the author of the book. But I can honestly tell you this book is my proudest writing achievement to date. I'm very happy with the final result, and think all photographers will find it incredibly helpful as they try to develop an appropriate workflow for optimizing their images.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An advanced subject made easy to understand!
    Tim's books have all been excellent and this one is no exception! His writing is especially easy to follow. With all the new features offered in Photoshop CS2, beginners will especially appreciate all the well placed screenshots that go along with his instruction. There's no guessing as to what is being talked about! ... Read more


    17. Microsoft Office 2003 Illustrated Introductory (Illustrated Series)
    by David Beskeen, Carol Cram, Jennifer Duffy, Lisa Friedrichsen, Elizabeth Eisner Reding
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    Asin: 0619057890
    Catlog: Book (2003-12-09)
    Publisher: Course Technology
    Sales Rank: 100252
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    A part of the Illustrated series offering a visual, flexible approach to learning the basic Microsoft Office 2003 skills. ... Read more


    18. Dreamweaver MX 2004: The Missing Manual
    by David McFarland
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    Asin: 0596006314
    Catlog: Book (2003-12-01)
    Publisher: Pogue Press
    Sales Rank: 2350
    Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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    Macromedia's Dreamweaver MX 2004 is the leading software tool for the creation of Web sites and other HTML interfaces. It's remarkably capable, able to deal intelligently with everything from fonts and images to JavaScript for client-side data validation and embedded Java applets. In most cases, Dreamweaver will save you time over hand-coding--and yield better-looking pages to boot. The program's learning curve, though, isn't trivial. That's why Dreamweaver MX 2004: The Missing Manual is worth having on hand as you learn to use Dreamweaver, and worth keeping within reach as you tackle increasingly difficult Web development work.

    David McFarland wrote this book, but the influence of esteemed series editor David Pogue is obvious in the careful coverage of features and frequent touches of humor (books about applications can be whangingly dull; the books in Pogue's Missing Manual series consistently manage to avoid this problem while maintaining comprehensiveness). The two men treat Dreamweaver's numerous features (and the even more numerous ways of putting them to use) cleverly, with a combination of procedures and side information that clarifies many oddball situations as well as straightforward conditions. --David Wall

    Topics covered: How to create HTML (XHTML and CSS, strictly speaking) documents using Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004. In addition to the basic stuff (text, images, links, and frames), the book shows you how to build forms for data submission and embed Flash movies and Java applets. There's also a lot of helpful emphasis on Dreamweaver's productivity features, like snippet libraries and file transfer utilities. A special section shows you how to do some server-side work with databases. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars It's true to its title
    I love the Missing Manual series of books and this is one of the best. I'm an avid Dreamweaver user, and The Missing Manual has made me much better with it. Although this book can be a little wordy it's worth reading every word from beginning to end...it's packed with great info!

    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent text
    I'm half-way through this book, and so far, it's been a blessing. The author has structured this text in a way that allows a reader to get started using the software, and create web pages. He explains things thoughtfully and speaks to the beginner. With this book I also purchased Firework MX Bible--a big mistake. That book is thick, filled with copius descriptions of every possible tool, but teaches you nothing about actually using the software to create web objects.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for DW newbies or switchers from other web programs
    I've been designing web sites for a number of years now and my program of choice was Adobe GoLive. However, I recently decided to switch to Dreamweaver MX 2004 because I wanted to take advantage of the program's advanced CSS and CSS-P capabilities. But I waited to make the switch until I knew this "Missing Manual" was available. I'd heard it was going to be released, and because I already own some other "Missing" titles, I instinctively knew this would be the book to get.

    I wasn't disappointed. This book is EXCELLENT, both for newcomers to web design with Dreamweaver, but also for "switchers" like myself, who have experience with web design, but not with Dreamweaver. The book takes a step by step approach.

    Some of Dreamweaver's features overlap with GoLive's, and some are common to all visual web editors; but that doesn't matter. You'll still enjoy reading this book, and you'll pick up lots of useful tips along the way.

    The tutorials are PRICELESS. You simply download the files from the book's web site, and work through them, step by step, with the author holding your hand all the way. I really like the approach: learn the features, then learn to use them in a tutorial.

    One very small caveat is that if you are looking for EXTENSIVE coverage on CSS layouts (without tables), you won't find it here. Yes, there is a chapter on how to lay out pages with nothing but CSS positioning, and there is a tutorial, which are a wonderful start to the subject. But you'll need something like "Eric Meyer on CSS" in order to take your CSS layout skills to the max.

    This book easily deserves the 5 stars I gave it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Review: Dreamweaver MX 2004: The Missing Manual
    The Dreamweaver MX 2004 book is, as its series title says, the "missing manual." The Missing Manual series is a highly respected and popular technological series, edited and managed by David Pogue, and published by Pogue Press in cooperation with O'Reilly & Associates, Incorporated. This book was written by David Sawyer McFarland.

    The Dreamweaver MX 2004 book is targeted at beginners--or people with just a little experience--and even web design experts. "The Missing Manual" series of books has never failed to be good, even great, so I was looking forward to reviewing this book.

    Out of the starting gate, organization is a key factor in the book's layout. A clear, easy-to-follow table of contents provides a quick reference to parts of the book the reader may or may not want to jump right into or skip completely, depending, of course, on the reader's experience level. This table of contents is followed by a short introduction chapter which tells what's new in Dreamweaver, describes differences, or parallels, between HTML and XHTML, and explains a little bit about cascading style sheets (CSS).

    Dreamweaver MX 2004: The Missing Manual continues this great organization by separating the book into six distinct sections: Part 1, Building a Web Page; Part 2, Building a Better Web Page; Part 3, Bringing Your Pages to Life; Part 4, Building a Web Site; Part 5, Dreamweaver Power, and finally, Part 6, Dynamic Dreamweaver. The progression from Part 1 to Part 4 is a great help to beginners, and the final two parts provide much assistance to beginners moving into the expert zone of webmastering.

    What I found to be the best feature of the book was the supplemental material and resources offered by the author. They are available at the author's website in the form of downloadable files, tutorials, and several links to other websites for even more help and answers. However, the feature that is perhaps the most useful is the capability to link to a working example of the web pages you are supposed to build and actually see a live model in action as comparison.

    The fonts used, Formata and Minion, and the layout of Dreamweaver MX 2004: The Missing Manual were very easy to read and follow--easy on the eyes, at least to mine. There is one thing, though. In future editions, I would like to see spiral binding so that the book could lay open when using it at the computer, especially when referring back and forth from the book to my computer screen. I had to apply different methods of holding the book open, i.e., cordless phones, clipping heavy pens to the pages, etc., and this was just inconvenient.

    Bottom line: Does the book live up to its title? Yes. Do I recommend Dreamweaver MX 2004: The Missing Manual? Yes.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Dreamweaver MX 2004 Manual Is Found Here
    The slogan of the Missing Manual series is "The book that should have been in the box" and Dreamweaver MX 2004: The Missing Manual lives up to the series' reputation. Macromedia wouldn't want to ship this book with the software because it's a doorstop at 800 pages. Imagine what it would do to the packaging and the pricing of the already expensive software.

    One itsy bitsy negative, but this book is not the only one avoiding it. Dreamweaver's help file doesn't cover it and neither does the forum on Macromedia's Web site. There is a feature called download stats listing the size of the file and the time it would take to download it. At what speed? 56k? T1? What? I would assume 56k, but assumptions are not reliable.

    At 800 pages, you can expect all the features to be covered through step-by-step instructions, notes, and screen shots. The hard core stuff like building dynamic Web pages, working with databases, and using server programming within Dreamweaver are all there for those ready for a challenge.

    McFarland goes the extra mile to note differences between computer systems (Mac vs. PCs) and browsers (compatibility). Looking at the table of contents is proof of the book's completeness and all I need to do is attest to its readability. First timers to creating a Web site or to Dreamweaver as well as owners of earlier versions will gain plenty of knowledge from this one. ... Read more


    19. Information Security Policies Made Easy Version 9
    by Charles Cresson Wood
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    Asin: 1881585093
    Catlog: Book (2002-09-30)
    Publisher: PentaSafe Security Technologies
    Sales Rank: 217529
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Purely awesome!
    If you want a great book on policy this is it.

    The ultimate in cut and paste.

    CC Wood did all the work.

    All you have to do is choose, cut, paste and edit.

    OK, it is more than that, but this book gets you to third base.It is only a short run to home plate afterwords.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive
    I keep books in two places, a small shelf near my computer that I can reach and a large bookshelf across the room.This book deserves a place on the small shelf within arm's reach.

    If you are a manager, before you ever make a decision, or approve a policy, look the topic up, there is a good chance you will see something you didn't think of.

    Let me give you an example, our company used to have a fairly long Non-Diclosure Agreement (NDA) prepared by our attorney for a specific purpose.However, we decided to create a simpler, general purpose NDA for all 1099 contractors.The lawyer created it and before I approved it I checked it against the book.I found three items that really should have been in our NDA that we would have missed, thank you Mr. Wood!

    If you are a techie do you need this book?Sure, because everything we do as a techie or engineer has liability implications for the company.Each topic is very clear, concise, and well thought out.It takes a few seconds to look it up, about two minutes to read the section and that investment is well worth your time.

    Yes, this is an expensive book, however, it is worth the investment, every organization should have at least one copy.S.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Don?t even think of writing infosec policies w/o this book
    Master plumbers often find that a portion of their business derives from fixing jobs that homeowners thought were simple enough to do themselves. Many business professionals approach information security policies the same way novices approach a leaky pipe. They try to save time and money by doing it themselves; then they are overwhelmed by the unexpected complexity of the task. In the end, they have to call on a professional to repair the damage; ultimately costing them more time and money than if they had gone the professional route at the start.

    Those who are serious about information security policy should plumb the depth of wisdom contained in Information Security Policies Made Easy, Version 9. This latest version has updated the text of nearly 1,400 policies, and the policies are organized to track ISO 17799, a broad information-security standard.

    This newest version rectifies the only serious shortcoming of versions past: the lack of a cross-referencing tool. Version 9 contains a Web-based CD-ROM that is fully linked and searchable. Other advances include policies addressing new legislation such as the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. With this update, the flow of information through any company's pipelines is sure to be more secure.

    Anyone who is chartered with the creation of a set of a comprehensive set of information security policies and procedures should definitely use Information Security Policies Made Easy.It is the definitive reference and definitely lives up to its billing. ... Read more


    20. Electronic Commerce 2004: A Managerial Perspective, Third Edition
    by Efraim Turban, David King, Jae K. Lee, Dennis Viehland
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    Asin: 0130094935
    Catlog: Book (2003-10-23)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 74690
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    Electronic Commerce 2004 describes the essentials of electronic commerce—how it is being conducted and managed as well as assessing its major opportunities, limitations, issues, and risks. It is a clear, simple, well-organized book, and provides all the basic definitions as well as logical support. Using extensive, vivid examples from large corporations, small businesses, government and not-for-profit agencies from all over the world, it makes the concepts presented come alive for readers.Beginning with a comprehensive introduction to E-commerce, the book explores internet marketing, B2B and C-commerce, E-marketplaces and internet consumerism, E-government, mobile commerce, auctions, security, electronic payment systems, and strategy and implementation to launch a successful E-commerce business.Written by experienced authors who are well-versed in real-world practices, this book will prove invaluable for managers and professional people in any functional area of business; as well as those in government, education, health services, and other areas that can benefit from a knowledge of e-commerce. ... Read more


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