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    1. 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
    Sales Rank: 271078
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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


    2. Linux Kernel Development (2nd Edition)
    by Robert Love
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    Asin: 0672327201
    Catlog: Book (2005-01-12)
    Publisher: Novell Press
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    The Linux kernel is one of the most important and far-reaching open-source projects. That is why Novell Press is excited to bring you the second edition of Linux Kernel Development, Robert Love's widely acclaimed insider's look at the Linux kernel. This authoritative, practical guide helps developers better understand the Linux kernel through updated coverage of all the major subsystems as well as new features associated with the Linux 2.6 kernel. You'll be able to take an in-depth look at Linux kernel from both a theoretical and an applied perspective as you cover a wide range of topics, including algorithms, system call interface, paging strategies and kernel synchronization. Get the top information right from the source in Linux Kernel Development.

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    3. 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
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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


    4. 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


    5. Programming Windows, Fifth Edition
    by Charles Petzold
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    Asin: 157231995X
    Catlog: Book (1998-11-11)
    Publisher: Microsoft Press
    Sales Rank: 15279
    Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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    "Look it up in Petzold" remains the decisive last word in answering questions about Windows development. And in PROGRAMMING WINDOWS, FIFTH EDITION, the esteemed Windows Pioneer Award winner revises his classic text with authoritative coverage of the latest versions of the Windows operating system—once again drilling down to the essential API heart of Win32 programming. Topics include:• The basics—input, output, dialog boxes• An introduction to Unicode• Graphics—drawing, text and fonts, bitmaps and metafiles• The kernel and the printer• Sound and music• Dynamic-link libraries• Multitasking and multithreading• The Multiple-Document Interface• Programming for the Internet and intranetsPacked as always with definitive examples, this newest Petzold delivers the ultimate sourcebook and tutorial for Windows programmers at all levels working with Microsoft® Windows 95, Windows 98, or Microsoft Windows NT®. No aspiring or experienced developer can afford to be without it.An electronic version of this book is available on the companion CD. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Solid book on windows programming
    This book is excellent for learning windows programming. To the reviewer who complains about no c++ examples, the author clearly states in the first few pages of the book that his intention is to give an understanding of windows programming based on C and the underlying win32 API, which is the fundamental knowledge required for windows programming. Other OO architectures such as MFC can be very useful but hide from the programmer many details which can be important for someone trying to learn how windows programs work. Also, the complaint about no asserts in the book .. well, again, the author mentions in the book that he left them out (in most places) because it makes code less readable, and students are less likely to read and understand a long program full of error checking.

    Be warned, this book is huge, 1500 pages. Its not a book for those looking for a quick introduction to windows programming. Its intended to give an in-depth knowledge of windows programming and it does a very good job at that.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent introductory book on the Win32 API
    This book is great for anyone who wants to learn Windows programming using its native API. It is very readable and requires only a basic knowledge of C, so it is an excellent tutorial for beginners, but there is enough meat in it that it is quite useful for advanced programmers as well. The author explains everything clearly, thoroughly, and accurately. The numerous example programs he uses to illustrate his concepts are well-written and free of bugs.

    The book is peppered with occasional historical asides. If you can't stand historical asides, you may be frustrated, but it's understandable that a guy who's been programming Windows for 15 years will have a few stories to tell.

    The book has excellent, awesome, unbeatable, all-that-almost-anybody-would-ever-need coverage of: window procedures and messages, keyboard and mouse input, fonts and character sets/Unicode, the GDI (including mapping modes and metafiles), dialog boxes and child/MDI windows, palettes and bitmaps of all kinds, menus and resources, timers, and printing.

    The book has very good coverage, without going into the really advanced details, of: DLLs, multithreading, MIDI and wave audio, Winsock, and internet functions.

    Notable omissions are: registry functions, file I/O, COM/OLE/ActiveX controls, Setup applications, the Shell (links, namespace extensions, screen savers, WinHelp), and the common controls (toolbars, sliders, tree views, property sheets/wizards, list views and header controls).

    Despite its omissions, this book is well worth its money for anyone who wants to learn (or learn more) about the Windows API.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is what you are looking for.
    This is an absolutely golden book. Don't be intimidated by the page count or the title - this book is actually a very easy to use ground up tutorial in Win32 programming. He starts out talking about the basics and then slowly moves into more advanced topics.

    As always it's important to know what a book is NOT. This book is not a tutorial for writing windows applications, nor does it discuss MFC or most of the common methods used today for rapidly producing computer programs. This is not REALLY a reference book on win32 either.

    Instead it provides a tutorial-style documentation for the monstrous win32 API at its most fundamental levels. This book sets the standard for all other code written for any modern version of windows. It addresses real world issues and real world solutions to those problems (such as the chapter dedicated to making unicode friendly programs), as well as some historical issues (the difference between wParam and lParam).

    No manual is without its flaws. This book is a bit too braod spectrum in the detail levels. There are places in the book where he will delve into details that you could care less about, and there are points that he will put in two or three sentences and assume you understand, although you may not.

    Despite this, this book is essential to everyone writing code for Microsoft Windows (ANY version). You needn't read it cover to cover, but readiny section I (about 1/3 of the book) is essential. My one wish is that this book came in three volumes, if you haul it between home and school/office it gets to be buronsome. That's about all I can really complain about with this book.

    1-0 out of 5 stars outdated
    This book will be outdated soon, wait for the 6th edition. There are also much more concise books on the market that teach windows programming.

    1-0 out of 5 stars A bit out-dated, Wait for a newer edition
    I think this is a excellent book if you want to learn Windows 98 programming. I think the book is not worth $40 because the book is 6 years old, and the material you learn will be outdated soon. Since Microsoft is going to release Windows Longhorn which will include Avalon, the book will slowly become obsolete. I suggest waiting for the sixth edition that will most likely be released when Windows Longhorn is released. ... Read more


    6. MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-270): Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Second Edition
    by Walter Glenn, Anthony Northrup
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    Asin: 0735621527
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-09)
    Publisher: Microsoft Press
    Sales Rank: 247890
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Ace your preparation for Exam 70-270—and expand your knowledge of Windows XP Professional—with this popular training kit, now fully updated for Windows XP Service Pack 2 and other key topics. Designed to help maximize your performance on the Windows XP exam, a core requirement for MCSA or MCSE certification, this kit packs the resources that exam candidates want most—including in-depth, self-paced training; rigorous, objective-by-objective review; exam tips from expert, exam-certified authors; and a robust testing suite. It also provides real-world scenarios, case study examples, and troubleshooting labs for the skills and expertise you can apply to the job.

    Topics include installing or upgrading to Windows XP Professional, including automated installations; configuring and managing hardware, disks, and file systems; configuring and customizing the desktop environment; administering security features, including the advanced security technologies in Windows XP Service Pack 2; managing TCP/IP networking; troubleshooting the boot process and other system issues; supporting remote and mobile users; and monitoring resources and performance.

    Work at your own pace through the lessons, exercises, labs, and review, then use the Readiness Review Suite on CD for in-depth self-assessment and practice. Featuring advanced technology from MeasureUp, Readiness Review delivers 425 challenging practice questions with your choice of timed or untimed testing mode. You can generate random tests or focus on discrete objectives or chapters. And you get detailed explanations for right and wrong answers—including pointers to other sources for additional study.

    The kit also includes a 120-day evaluation version of Windows XP Professional software, including the new service pack, plus the latest Microsoft encyclopedias for networking and security in eBook format. And you get a 15% exam discount voucher—making this kit an exceptional value and a great career investment! ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Passed the Exam and Great content
    I just passed the exam, and this book was an important method of study for me. There are quite a few pragmatic examples regarding security and various standards and questions that will help on the exam, and just increase a general understanding of Windows Server 2003 security,

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent preparation for the 299 exam
    This book covers the topics examined by the 70-299 test with enough detail that if you have a moderate amount of experience with Windows Server 2003 you will pass the exam. I would recommend that you use VirtualPC to simulate this stuff in your own lab if it isn't feasible to do so on your production network (setting the company DC to Secure Server Only IPSec can be a bad idea without having workstations properly configured). The practice questions, both in the book and on the accompanying CD-ROM are good preparation. Coming into this exam I already had passed the Windows 2000 version. I recommend that you buy the book and do the exercises. Also, get your core exams out of the way (networking, AD, Server) as you'll need some of this knowledge as well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Exceptional amount of detail
    I've been teaching Microsoft operating systems for 14 years and I've used all of the MSPress books, or almost. This is an exceptional book for the ease of the explanations and the step-by-step details provided. Northrup and Thomas explain exactly why you want to do something, then they tell you how to do it. They have step-by-step procedures for configuring a computer individually, using Active Directory, or editing the registy. The thing that I love the best is that they don't assume any prior knowledge of the product like many technical books do. They define each and every term that they use. I hope that this book, and others like it, set a new standard on technical writing. ... Read more


    7. 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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    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

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    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


    8. Agile Project Management with Scrum (Microsoft Professional)
    by Ken Schwaber
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    Asin: 073561993X
    Catlog: Book (2004-03-10)
    Publisher: Microsoft Press
    Sales Rank: 18188
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Apply the principles of Scrum, one of the most popular agile programming methods, to software project management—and focus your team on delivering real business value. Author Ken Schwaber, a leader in the agile process movement and a co-creator of Scrum, brings his vast expertise to helping you guide the product and software development process more effectively and efficiently. Help eliminate the ambiguity into which so many software projects are borne, where vision and planning documents are essentially thrown over the wall to developers. This high-level reference describes how to use Scrum to manage complex technology projects in detail, combining expert insights with examples and case studies based on Scrum. Emphasizing practice over theory, this book explores every aspect of using Scrum, focusing on driving projects for maximum return on investment. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Agile PM through case studies
    Ken Schwaber, the co-founder of Scrum, presents a text of case studies based on his experience helping teams implement Scrum.

    Each case is a mini-retrospective focusing on topics such as planning a scrum project, project reporting, team formation, and team member responsibilites. Ken presents the situation, the application of a scrum practice, the lessons learned, and a conclusion. The chapters can be browsed and read out of order.

    For those not familiar with Scrum, there is a useful appendix which covers the rules and practices of Scrum.

    For those who learn through case studies, I highly recommend this book.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Dale Carnegie revisited
    If you have read any of Dale Carnegie's books you will see that all you are getting is a series of anecdotes. It takes a while to get to the essence of the book, where a few pages could have done that in the upfront chapters, then the gumpf could have filled the rest. If you think about it, you are a manager with little time who wants to implement the system, analogous to the scrum master holding the 15 minute daily meeting: I feel the book should have been written like that - have the chapter overview, have the introductory facts ie rules then do the work.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Real world guide to implementing Scrum correctly.
    Our organization recently implemented Scrum, and although the
    Beedle/Schwaber book was great to get us off the ground on Scrum
    theory, we immediately had many questions once we actually tried to implement it in real life projects. I agree with the notion that Scrum is conceptually easy to understand, but actually quite complex to implement correctly. The scrum forum has been helpful, but we really needed a cohesive reference of situational problems. The APMWS book really hit the nail on the head and delivered what we needed the most: a practical guide to Scrum with anecdotes and "what happens if..." situations from real world Scrum implementations. This came just in time for us, and we are feeling more confident for our upcoming certification class.

    The appendices in the back are also very helpful. The "Rules"
    appendix is perfect as a quick introduction to Scrum for new Team
    members and Product Owners. It's actually quite detailed for being such a short appendix.

    Also, for newbies the three main Roles are very nicely explained. We had some misconceptions that were immediately addressed by this book.

    Anyway, from a Scrum newbie that is faced with implementation issues, thanks to Ken for putting together a real world implementation guide.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! Learn Scrum by reading stories of its use
    Agile Project Management with Scrum is a wonderful book. The author, Ken Schwaber (one of the originators of the Scrum process), informs us through case studies and anecdotes. If you like learning by example, this book is for you. Scrum is quite likely the best starting point for most companies interested in pursuing an agile development process. The readability and excellent anecdotes in this book make it a fantastic starting point for any journey into agile development.

    I loved seeing how Schwaber applied Scrum in many varying situations. Rather than introducing each case study one at a time, the book is organized around key areas. Multiple anecdotes are given for each key area. Throughout each chapter, Schwaber brings the anecdotes together in Lessons Learned sections and the chapters conclude by helping point out the conclusions we learn to draw from the anecdotes.

    I appreciated that Schwaber was not shy about mentioning projects that didn't go perfectly-including one he got fired from for being too zealous in his role of sheepdog guarding his flock of developers.

    Although this book is ostensibly about software development, Scrum has its roots in general new product development and can (and has been) applied to a wide variety of development projects. A problem with a process like Scrum is that it is best learned by "feeling it" rather than being told about it. There are many subtle differences between Scrum and a more command-and-control management process. Learning Scrum by reading a book filled with examples like this is the best way to get the feel for how to use it on your own projects. ... Read more


    9. 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

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    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


    10. Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Panther Edition
    by David Pogue
    list price: $29.95
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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


    11. Group Policy, Profiles, and IntelliMirror for Windows 2003, Windows 2000, and Windows XP(Mark Minasi Windows Administrator Library)
    by Jeremy Moskowitz, Sybex
    list price: $49.99
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    Asin: 0782142982
    Catlog: Book (2004-03-22)
    Publisher: Sybex Inc
    Sales Rank: 8294
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    This cornerstone volume of the Mark Minasi Windows Series assists administrators in planning, creating, and assigning Group Policy. It combines essential background information with real-world examples to explain how components interact with each other and the network. Completely revised for Windows Server 2003 and XP, this new edition offers detailed coverage on: Group Policy Management Console; Group Policy Scripting; Windows 2003 Group Policy Resource Kit utilities; 300 new Windows 2003 policies; Migrating from Windows NT/2000 to 2003. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The ONLY book on Group Policy... Period
    Mark Minasi showed his enormous intellect when he gave his endorsement to Jeremy Moskowitz for a new book dedicated to Group Policies. I have both editions of this book and it stays open on my desk at all times. The sections on Deployment, GPMC, and ADM Template Management are golden. You may think you know AD but you don't until you know Group Policies and how much time they can save you managing your enterprise, and how under utlized group policies probably are in your enterprise. Oh...and if you can't find it in the book, check out Jeremy's website www.gpanswers.com with forums that Jeremy responds to personally.

    If you have any involvement in a 2000 or 2003 Active Directory environment put this book in your shopping cart and proceed immediately to check out. You'll be darn glad you did.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Saved my bacon
    If Dan Holme recommends it then it's gotta be good. He's a damned good techie and writer too.

    I'm an experienced MCSE with an International W2003 forest. I've read the best books (Boswell & Minasi & MS Press) but I always found there was a need for a dedicated book on GPO, etc.

    Jeremy was kind enough to let me have a look through his book around 6 weeks ago when I was at one of his talks. It looked good so I got it here on Amazon.

    It's a great balance of intro and advanced material. Import notes and "gotch-ya's" are highlighted. Hard-to-find tips and tricks are littered all over the place.

    Speaking fo which.... I was reading the a section on how to recover the default policies of a domain and the DC OU on the bus one morning. That day, during some random checks I was stunned to find one of the default GPO's was corrupt. The few $'s I spent on this book save me a call to MS Support.

    It's an informative and humorous read. Jeremy seems to understand the daily toil of an overworked admin. I recommend this book to novicxes and especially to experts who will make the most of the advanced tips.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal!
    This book is an unbelievable resource for anyone needing "The Word" on Group Policy. Incredibly clear, highly detailed, and well organized! This goes way beyond any documentation that has been produced--Jeremy clearly spent a LOT of time digging through the guts of Group Policy and testing EVERYTHING. There is information here I haven't seen anywhere else--I would not be surprised if Microsoft's own Group Policy team learned a few things from reading this book. If you are planning, deploying, or troubleshooting Group Policy, do yourself a favor and GET THIS BOOK! ... Read more


    12. 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


    13. MicrosoftExchange Server 2003 Resource Kit (Pro-Resource Kit)
    by Microsoft Corporation, Kay Unkroth, Scott Schnoll, Fergus Strachan
    list price: $69.99
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    Asin: 0735620725
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-27)
    Publisher: Microsoft Press
    Sales Rank: 191466
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    Book Description

    Get the definitive resource for administering Exchange 2003—with in-depth technical information and tools developed by the Microsoft Exchange Server team. This exhaustive, 1,000+ page reference delivers the information you need to design solutions that meet your business and technical objectives, accelerate deployments, implement best practices, avoid problems, and meet the requirements of your service level agreements. Topics include planning, deployment, administration, automation, security services, monitoring, optimization, troubleshooting, and disaster recovery. You also get a DVD packed with essential tools, administrative scripts, job aids, Microsoft Virtual PC configurations, and a fully searchable eBook—everything you need to help save time and reduce ownership and support costs. ... Read more


    14. MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-290): Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment
    by Dan Holme, Orin Thomas
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    Asin: 0735614377
    Catlog: Book (2003-08-13)
    Publisher: Microsoft Press
    Sales Rank: 11029
    Average Customer Review: 3.21 out of 5 stars
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    Announcing an all-new MCSA/MCSE Training Kit designed to help maximize your performance on Exam 70-290, a core exam for the new Windows Server 2003 certification. This kit packs the tools and features exam candidates want most—including in-depth, self-paced training; rigorous, objective-by-objective review; exam tips from expert, exam-certified authors; and a robust testing suite. It also provides real-world scenarios, case studies, and troubleshooting labs for the skills and expertise you can apply to the job.

    Focusing on account and resource management in a Windows Server 2003 environment, this official study guide covers topics such as managing physical and logical devices; users, computers, and groups; access and permissions; the server environment; and disaster recovery services.

    Ace your exam preparation and ramp up quickly on Windows Server 2003 by working at your own pace through the lessons, hands-on exercises, and practice tests. The Readiness Review Suite on CD, featuring advanced technology from MeasureUp, provides 425 challenging questions for in-depth self-assessment and practice. Choose timed or untimed testing mode, generate random tests, or focus on discrete objectives or chapters, and get detailed explanations for right and wrong answers—including pointers to other sources for further study. You also get a 180-day evaluation version of Windows Server 2003 software and a 15 percent exam discount voucher—making this kit an exceptional value and a great career investment. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Without experience you are sunk
    If you don't know the product, you will not pass. This book will help you pass. If your only experience with Windows Server 2003 is installing it twice and running a few applications then you WILL fail the 70-290 exam no matter what book you buy! The MCSE is not like it was back in the NT4 days when you could train your parrot to pass the exams. You need to know what you are doing. This book is reasonably good at building on the exam objectives, but in some cases you will need to look at Technet. If you buy this book and fail the exam, don't blame the book - have a good look at the amount of experience you had going into the exam with Windows Server 2003. I passed this exam and this book helped (though my experience with the product, and prior Microsoft server operating systems did as well).

    3-0 out of 5 stars Use another book as well as this one.
    This is probably the tenth Microsoft Press book I've purchased, and it is no different than the rest of them. While the technical aspects of the material seem adequate, I think there needs to be more detail. The exams always seem to contain a few questions that only Technet can help you answer. An exeption to this was the Microsoft Press MCSE study guide for 70-216, which was very detailed. Another bad thing about this publication (70-290) is the CD, which contains a few typographical errors and what I believe to be wrong answers on a few of the Readiness Review questions; namely a claim that a RAID-5 array isn't fault tolerant, which it clearly is. If you are considering purchasing this book, please do yourself a favor and check it out first. Read through some of it, and verify its accuracy with other publications or online material. The 2003 Server Administrators Guide is much better written and contains more real world scenarios than this book. Use it as a backup. Hope this review helps, and good luck on the exam.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A solid comprehensive read
    I've just finished reading this book, it contained almost everything I needed to know for the exam. It was written in easy to understand language and coupled with the recommended experience in the server field should be a breeze for others to comprehend.

    Great to see an Australian writing such an important MSPress book too!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good Intro but Inadequate for Exam
    I did the exam 2 weeks ago (passed) after using this book along with Trancenders but struggled in the exam.

    You would need to have a second book to give you a rounded view of the subject areas. Also the exam is based on a lot of real world examples not covered in the text (a lot of stuff on backing-up) also a lot of areas in the book were not in the exam.

    If you are new to 2003 spend some time working with the material before tackling the exam.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Look elsewhere
    Poorly written and way out of context. My advice to anyone wishing to learn the real ins and outs of 2003 server would be to buy Mark Minasi's book - he offers much better advice geared towards the real world and his chapter on DNS is far superior to the drivel written in this publication.
    I particuarly dislike the monotonous tone that so often is the down fall of Microsoft publications.
    On the upside - this book is given it's blessing by *Microsoft* - so it must have something going for it. The section on Group Policy is not bad.
    However - just go to Borders and compare the difference - Minasi's book on 2003 server is *the* bible to have with regards to decent technical writing and explanantions of real world situatios with regards to 2003 server. ... Read more


    15. Active Directory Cookbook for Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000
    by Robbie Allen
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    Asin: 0596004648
    Catlog: Book (2003-09-23)
    Publisher: O'Reilly
    Sales Rank: 5232
    Average Customer Review: 4.95 out of 5 stars
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    The book contains hundreds of step-by-step solutions for both common and uncommon problems that you might encounter with Active Directory on a daily basis--including recipes to deal with the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), multi-master replication, Domain Name System (DNS), Group Policy, the Active Directory Schema, and many other features. Author Robbie Allen, a Senior Systems Architect at Cisco Systems and co-author of our Active Directory tutorial, based this collection of troubleshooting recipes on his own experience, along with input from Windows administrators throughout the industry. Each recipe includes a discussion to explain how and why the solution works, so you can adapt the problem-solving techniques to similar situations.If your company is considering an upgrade from Windows NT or 2000 to Windows Server 2003, the Active Directory Cookbook for Windows Server 2003 & Windows 2000 will help reduce the time and trouble it takes to configure and deploy Active Directory for your network. This Cookbook is also a perfect companion to Active Directory, the tutorial that experts hail as the best source for understanding Microsoft's network directory service. While Active Directory provides the big picture, Active Directory Cookbook for Windows Server 2003 & Windows 2000 gives you the quick solutions you need to cope with day-to-day dilemmas. Together, these books supply the knowledge and tools so you can get the most out of Active Directory to manage users, groups, computers, domains, organizational units, and security policies on your network. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent how-to instructions for Active Directory Scripters
    Book Review: Active Directory Cookbook for Windows ® Server 2003 and Windows ® Server 2000
    Pages: 622
    Publisher: O'Reilly & Associates; (September 2003)
    ISBN: 0596004648
    Rating: 9/10
    Rater - Carlos Magalhaes - Active Directory Programming MVP

    About the author - Robbie Allen has been authoring books for quite some time now. I have been following every release. Robbie has a wonderful writing style that allows for quick and enjoyable reading. This book is no exception. Robbie has a thorough knowledge of Active Directory; he recently was awarded the MVP award from Microsoft (well done, Robbie!) and is highly respected in the Active Directory community.

    Hidden gems - Being a technical reviewer myself for many Active Directory and Windows Server books, very often are the technical reviewers forgotten in a book review. To Rick Kingslan, Gil Kirkpatrick, Tony Murray, Todd Myrick, Joe Richards and Kevin Sullivan: well done guys! Your efforts along with Robbie's have made this book a true gem.

    Audience - I am among the fortunate few that have the job title, "System Developer and System Administrator" (both a blessing and a curse!). I can however confirm that this book is well suited for both audiences. There is no constraint on which scripting language to use either. Robbie provides both VBScript and Perl examples for most of his code samples, they are easy to follow and with the additional knowledge this book provides, easy to expand on.

    What this book is not - This book is not an Active Directory Programming book. It does not go into the depth of detail about certain points (as it is not the objective of the book) like Active Directory Second Addition by O'Reilly does, but covers the points that are important very well.

    Quick Overview of Inside the book - The book is comprised of 18 chapters. (The chapter headers below are my personal abbreviations for the chapters)

    Chapter 1 - The stage is set.
    This chapter covers the basics about what scripting languages and tools that will be used and any issues to take into consideration.

    Chapter 2 - Core Architecture is important!
    The importance of how to create and maintain your Forests, Domains and trusts is explained in this chapter.

    Chapter 3 - Who Runs my Network Operating System (NOS)?
    The servers that are regarded as the back bone of the network your Domain Controllers, Global Catalogs and FSMO's all important tasks that one has to do on a daily basis is covered in chapter 3.

    Chapter 4 - Ohh objects where are you?
    To me an important advantage (and there are many more) that Windows ® 2003 and Windows ® 2000 have over the older NOS is that the searching capability is enhanced and no object can hide. Chapter 4 covers Searching and Manipulating objects.

    Chapter 5 - The Holding cells of objects
    This chapter covers the creating and maintenance of Organizational units.

    Chapter 6 - And of course who could forget the users.
    Want to find out just about everything you can script for the user object? Then this chapter is for you.

    Chapter 7 - How do I herd my users?
    People live in communities (like Tony Murray's ActiveDir.org or http://groups.yahoo.com/group/adsianddirectoryservices) and active directory caters for these groupings by allowing users to create (no prizes) Groups. Chapter 7 covers creating and maintaining groups.

    Chapter 8 - Computers
    Chapter 8 is for you if you need to create and maintain your computer objects.

    Chapter 9 - Rules, Rules, Rules!
    And of course if you have ever managed a group of objects you have to apply some rules. Create and maintain your Groups Policy Objects with this chapter.

    Chapter 10 - The big boss
    With every wonderful creation there has to be a boss or in this case a backbone. This chapter is very important, covering important points to remember about your Active Directory Schema.

    Chapter 11 - How do I build my site?
    Network topology can be tricky. Use the scripts in this chapter to help you find out more about your sites.

    Chapter 12 - Hey why don't I have that object on my directory partition?
    Replication is such an important part of Active Directory. One of the most neglected areas with Active Directory. Chapter 12 provides some invaluable scripts.

    Chapter 13 - Nice to meet you but who are you?
    Domain Naming System (DNS), imagine we had to live in a world where there where no names. Ever wondered how to modify DNS server configurations using a script? Chapter 13 has your answer.

    Chapter 14 - Are you really who you say you are?
    This chapter can not be missed, with the internet pretending to be what it is not, this chapter covering Security and Authentication is a must.

    Chapter 15 - "You network is as good as your auditing"
    A famous person once said, "You won't know what's wrong until you ask". Dive into the world of logging, monitoring, auditing and setting quotas with this chapter.

    Chapter 16 - Bang, now what?
    How many times have I been called in to "fix" a very sick Active Directory installation and I find out backups have not been working for months! Please take time and read this chapter, the scripts and advice on Backing up, Recovering , important DIT maintenance and watching those deleted objects can save people like me hours of work.

    Chapter 17 - I know about Domain Partitions but what are Application Partitions?
    If you do not know what an application partition is or does, chapter 17 is for you!

    Chapter 18 - But I use the .net Framework
    This chapter is dedicated in explaining how to use the different technologies and programming languages with Active Directory.

    My Verdict

    A wonderful book for overworked Administrators that really don't have the time to go through the learning curve of scripting, the book provides the code snippets there ready to use. And if you don't feel like typing them out here is the download link for the entire source code for the whole book. http://www.rallenhome.com/books/adcookbook/code.html

    Robbie, well done, this is a great book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Joseph
    Thanks Robbie

    I love the books (AD First-Second Edition / AD Cookbook); you have done a great job in detailing the Scrip procedures in the AD Cookbook.
    Love the index and tool list. A must get for any Sys Admin / Architect.
    As a "Batch er & KIX32 er" I had a hard time getting my head
    around VBs or PL your book helped me a great deal.
    Appreciate the fact that you are proposing script examples in Perl, VBS, Ldifde or CMD to get the job done. The only suggestion I have more as a question: List a example of a skeleton template vbs script parsing through a excel or csv file for specific User tasks / import via ADSI adding great flexibility in adding Cookbook Recipes to the template as needed. That would be perfect;-).
    Also i have owned the Active Directory First edition and enjoyed the technical details.
    Great job thank you Robbie

    Joseph

    5-0 out of 5 stars An AD Administrator's Must Have
    So often with "cut and paste" solution titles, the reader is given a book that assumes no experience on behalf of the user, and wastes a great deal of print on telling you how to open notepad or the command prompt and very little time answering many of the "but wait..." questions that arise from implementing their solution without knowing what you're doing. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this isn't the case with this book.

    Don't pick this up unless you are familiar with the environment you are using; the author makes the assumption that you understand Windows and the Active Directory already. Formatted exactly as needed, this reference book (find what you need, rather than a cover to cover read) provides solutions which 95% of the time are native to the "out of the box" environment without need for additional downloads or installs. When you do need a download, its a Microsoft provided add-on and not a third party shareware. The solutions are usually provided as a GUI walk-thru, command line overview and a VBScript example, making this title much more useful than others as it does not alienate administrators of various levels.

    With over 320 solutions in 17 different areas, this is recommended Active Directory reference addition for applicable administrators.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Best.
    I have been working with Active Directory for a while and I have seen my share of books for Active Directory administration, but this one is the best I have come across in a great while, Allen takes step by step thru the different ways of getting the task done in AD 2000/2003 and it has saved me a lot of time.

    And to top it all I needed a script from the book I went to Robbie Allen's website and he personally sent me all the scripts from the book. That shows me a writer that stands 100% by his product.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just what the doctored ordered!
    Before this book, I would spend hours googling for example code to interact with Active Directory using VBScript or Perl. Now, I just refer to this book. This book is amazing and worth every penny of the purchase price several times over. Just about anything you will ever want to do programmatically with AD is covered. This is the most used book in my library. ... Read more


    16. Windows XP For Dummies (Windows Xp for Dummies)
    by AndyRathbone
    list price: $21.99
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    Asin: 0764573268
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-27)
    Publisher: For Dummies
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    * The bestselling computer book of all time-more than eight million copies sold in all editions-now revised to cover the updates in Windows XP Service Pack 2 as well as updates in popular Windows applications
    * This fifty percent revision includes a fully revamped , "task-oriented" table of contents as well as expanded coverage of e-mail, anti-spam tools, faxing, troubleshooting, customization, multimedia, and CDs and DVDs-plus a brief look ahead to the next generation of Windows, codenamed "Longhorn"
    * Walks first-time Windows XP users through signing on, navigating the interface, using basic applications, finding and working with files, handling Internet functions, setting up peripherals, and fixing basic problems
    * Written in the friendly, accessible For Dummies style by Andy Rathbone-one of the bestselling tech authors of all time
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    17. Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant
    by William R. Stanek
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    Asin: 0735613540
    Catlog: Book (2003-03-12)
    Publisher: Microsoft Press
    Sales Rank: 3632
    Average Customer Review: 4.79 out of 5 stars
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    This pocket-sized resource zeroes in on core procedures and everyday tasks for supporting the Windows® Server 2003 family. Get streamlined information on Active Directory®, Group Policy, TCP/IP networking, print services, DHCP, WINS, DNS, and more. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Another home run for William Stanek
    It's really simple: you can't go wrong with William Stanek. I picked up this and Stanek's Windows Commandline reference on the same day. This book has turned out to be the best of its class for Windows Server 2003. I reference this book agtain and again. It's been able to answer all the questions I've had with Windows Server 2003. If only I would have got this book as soon as we upgraded, it would have saved many headaches.

    This book is written in an easy style, very concise and packed with information. William Stanek understands the way administrators work, he anticipates your questions and answers them. It's that simple. He clearly is a Windows guru and someone who ins't afraid to share his best secrets.

    A flaw of this book, if you can call it one, is you have to read every page. Every page has important bits, if you skim the book you are going to miss useful things. I think okay as you WILL want to read every page. As others have said this book should be included with every copy of Windows Server 2003.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bottom line: It's a must-have for anyone on Windows Server
    Here's the bottom line on this book: if I could find a better book on the new Windows Server 2003, I would have bought it. William Stanek has done a masterful job of making this new OS understandable and more importantly, usable. It is the only daily administration book you're going to need, and possibly the only Windows Server book you'll ever use (at least regularly). I refer to it at least once a day and I've read entire chapters so I could know Windows the way I'm supposed to. Highly recommended!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Can't put it down
    I picked up this guide almost a year ago preparing for the move over to Windows 2003. Haven't put it down since.

    This book contains everything that an administrators needs to do day to day. And it does it on a screen by screen basis.

    If you are doing any IIS work I highly recommend you also pick up the IIS 6 Pocket Consultant

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    Exactly as described, this small form book provides a one-stop administrator's reference for the administration and maintenance of Windows 2003 without the need to break out the larger tomes available out there. Not for use as a learning guide for the OS, nor really designed as certification study guide, this is a must have for anyone on the job.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A necessity
    I have been a Windows user since 1989. Windows has come a long way since then and so has the opertating system. As one who was very familiar with Windows NT after moving to Windows Server 2003 I was completely lost.

    Since this was my first exposure to Windows Server 2003 I started looking for information about how it worked and how to do the things that had become second nature with NT. Windows Server 2003 Administrator Pocket Consultant was the answer. The book covers everything a new admin must know in order to use the system efficiently. In addition, the text covers in detail the many tasks you perform every day with numerous advanced topics especially the real world details on how to avoid/resolve problems.

    Windows Server 2003 Administrator Pocket Consultnat is the one book to have if you are new to Windows Server 03. Both the experienced Windows admin updating to WS03 and the new admin will find the Pocket Consultant very useful and a solid reference. This book should be included with WS03. ... Read more


    18. Modern Operating Systems (2nd Edition)
    by Andrew Tanenbaum
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    Asin: 0130313580
    Catlog: Book (2001-02-28)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 35785
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    For software development professionals and computer science students, Modern Operating Systems gives a solid conceptual overview of operating system design, including detailed case studies of Unix/Linux and Windows 2000.

    What makes an operating system modern? According to author Andrew Tanenbaum, it is the awareness of high-demand computer applications--primarily in the areas of multimedia, parallel and distributed computing, and security. The development of faster and more advanced hardware has driven progress in software, including enhancements to the operating system. It is one thing to run an old operating system on current hardware, and another to effectively leverage current hardware to best serve modern software applications. If you don't believe it, install Windows 3.0 on a modern PC and try surfing the Internet or burning a CD.

    Readers familiar with Tanenbaum's previous text, Operating Systems, know the author is a great proponent of simple design and hands-on experimentation. His earlier book came bundled with the source code for an operating system called Minux, a simple variant of Unix and the platform used by Linus Torvalds to develop Linux. Although this book does not come with any source code, he illustrates many of his points with code fragments (C, usually with Unix system calls).

    The first half of Modern Operating Systems focuses on traditional operating systems concepts: processes, deadlocks, memory management, I/O, and file systems. There is nothing groundbreaking in these early chapters, but all topics are well covered, each including sections on current research and a set of student problems. It is enlightening to read Tanenbaum's explanations of the design decisions made by past operating systems gurus, including his view that additional research on the problem of deadlocks is impractical except for "keeping otherwise unemployed graph theorists off the streets."

    It is the second half of the book that differentiates itself from older operating systems texts. Here, each chapter describes an element of what constitutes a modern operating system--awareness of multimedia applications, multiple processors, computer networks, and a high level of security. The chapter on multimedia functionality focuses on such features as handling massive files and providing video-on-demand. Included in the discussion on multiprocessor platforms are clustered computers and distributed computing. Finally, the importance of security is discussed--a lively enumeration of the scores of ways operating systems can be vulnerable to attack, from password security to computer viruses and Internet worms.

    Included at the end of the book are case studies of two popular operating systems: Unix/Linux and Windows 2000. There is a bias toward the Unix/Linux approach, not surprising given the author's experience and academic bent, but this bias does not detract from Tanenbaum's analysis. Both operating systems are dissected, describing how each implements processes, file systems, memory management, and other operating system fundamentals.

    Tanenbaum's mantra is simple, accessible operating system design. Given that modern operating systems have extensive features, he is forced to reconcile physical size with simplicity. Toward this end, he makes frequent references to the Frederick Brooks classic The Mythical Man-Month for wisdom on managing large, complex software development projects. He finds both Windows 2000 and Unix/Linux guilty of being too complicated--with a particular skewering of Windows 2000 and its "mammoth Win32 API." A primary culprit is the attempt to make operating systems more "user-friendly," which Tanenbaum views as an excuse for bloated code. The solution is to have smart people, the smallest possible team, and well-defined interactions between various operating systems components. Future operating system design will benefit if the advice in this book is taken to heart. --Pete Ostenson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Intro to Practical OS Design and Implementation
    Andrew Tanenbaum ( http://www.cs.vu.nl/~ast/ ) boots your neural network in the right direction in his classic introductory text to Operating Systems and the pre-cursor to his more recent "Distributed Operating Systems" (ISBN: 0132199084). He presents bit-level discussions addressing the core OS issues of processes, memory management, file systems and I/O (among others). He then buffers the information with in-depth, case study comparisons of unix, ms-dos, mach and amoeba (which Tanenbaum co-developed; see: http://www.am.cs.vu.nl/ ). Tanenbaum does not ignore theory altogether, but puts most of his effort into relaying practical concerns and solutions to real OS's.

    Tanenbaum's sense of humor never flags or fails to register; a most desirable quality in a technical book one is reading after 8-10 hours in the cubicle world. For instance, regarding the POSIX standard, "The [RFC] 1003.1 document is written in such a way that both operating system implementers and software writers can understand it, [a] novelty in the standards world, although work is already underway to remedy this."

    The book assumes the reader has basic programming knowledge, though nothing beyond first year C. Tanenbaum has included numerous clear and helpful diagrams, as well as problem sets at the end of each chapter.

    Thoroughly enjoyed - highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A reference for an Operating System course
    Mr. Tanenbaum is very known for his incursions over Operating System and Distributed systems. And this book is a fine reference to computer scientists who wish to understand OS principles and practices. Its chapters on the most recent (2002) operating systems give you an insight of how things work in real life. He is humorous and a lot of times it is a real pleasure to read this book. He has removed the source code for Minix and added some new comments since the previous one entitled "Operating System".
    I've read it for a Computer Science couse and I recommend it.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not an easy read
    This books is a tough read, Mr. Tanenbaums explanations of concepts is very loopy and confusing at best. I have a fairly strong foundation in Operating Systems but still this book leaves me dazed. In addition to this book I have Operating Systems by Deitel and Stallings and I find that they manage to convey the concepts of OS much more clearly than Mr. Tanenbaum. I would strongly recommend against this book, even keeping it as a reference is a no-go especially considering the cost.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Loaded with errors... From a Student
    I do hope that prospective teachers/instructors at the collegiate level read reviews of books before choosing them. If so, then stear clear of this book. I am reading the 2nd edition version for a college level Operating Systems class. I have had some back books, but this one bites big time.

    What astonishes me most is not the actual type of errors, but the type of errors combined with the large number of errors. There are so many gramatical errors, one wonders if Mr Tanenbaum uses Word with spell/grammar check enabled. My entire reading flow is disrupted when I have to re-read a sentence and try to interpret his meaning via the incorrect grammar. Even the diagrams are incorrect.

    For example, on the section regarding Deadlocks, 3.4.1, he doesn't even have the letters correct in his explanation. If you look at Figure 3.5 a and then 3.5 b, you see the discrenpency, in 3.5b he has R where he should have T. I had to re-read the section just to make sure I understood it correctly. How such errors like this could still exist in a second edition is beyond me.

    The flow from one section to another lacks as well. I just don't find this to be a collegiate level book, and am making an assumption that those who are giving this a high rating are either A) Friends of Mr. Tanenbaum or B) Far above the collegiate level themselves, so much so that they fail to see the errors. You know how it is when you are quite familiar with something that your brain will actually over-compensate and read over errors, or complete pictures/diagrams that are incomplete.

    I would not recommend this book to anyone, and only give it 2 stars because there is about 30%-40% of value in the book, if you can bypass the errors. Students beware...

    4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book for a hobbyist
    I have been using UNIX/Linux for a number of years, both professionally (scientist) and as a hobbyist at home. I am not enough of a C programmer to jump into the kernel discussions, but I had a real interest in learning what went on under-the-hood of the operating system. 'Modern Operating Systems' was an ideal match for the questions I had and my level of experience. The discussions were general enough that I could understand the give and take between the components of the operating system. Many was the time that I said 'aha!, that's what is going on.' As he explained mutexes, spinlocks or buffer overflows. I understand a great deal more now, thanks to this book. And, Dr. Tanenbaum's writing style is clear and light enough that the book was enjoyable to read, a rarity in a textbook. While this is probably not the book for everyone, with an interest in knowing more about computers and a little background, Dr. Tanenbaum serves up a real treat in this text. ... Read more


    19. Linux in a Nutshell, Fourth Edition
    by Ellen Siever, Aaron Weber
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    Asin: 0596004826
    Catlog: Book (2003-06)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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    Linux in a Nutshell, now in its fourth edition, has won awards in the Linux community as the most indispensable book about Linux.It is an essential desktop reference for the commands that users of Linux utilize every day, with the depth of information and the practical, succinct "In a Nutshell" format that made the previous editions so popular.Comprehensive but concise, Linux in a Nutshell covers all substantial user, programming, administration, and networking commands for the most common Linux distributions. It's several quick references rolled into one: sed, gawk, RCS, CVS, vi, Emacs, bash, tcsh, regular expressions, package management, bootloaders, and desktop environments are all covered in this clear, to-the-point volume, along with core command-line utilities.The fourth edition continues to track the major changes in bootloaders, the GNOME and KDE desktops, and general Unix commands. Several commands related to CDs and music reflect the evolution of multimedia on Linux. Coverage has been added for GRUB, which has become the default bootloader on several Linux distributions, and for vim, the popular and feature-loaded extension to vi. The addition of several new options to the iptables firewall command and new commands related to DNSSEC and ssh show the book's value as a security tool. With this book, you no longer have to grope through long manpages and info documents for the information you need; you'll find it here in clear language and an easy-to-read format.Contents include:

    • Programming, system administration, networking, and user commands with complete lists of options
    • GRUB, LILO, and Loadlin bootloaders
    • Shell syntax and variables for the bash, csh, and tcsh shells
    • Pattern matching
    • Emacs, vi, and vim editing commands
    • sed and gawk commands
    • The GNOME and KDE desktops and the fvwm2 window manager
    • Red Hat and Debian package managers
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Better than nothing, but tedious to wade through.
    After spending a fair bit of time with FreeBSD and needing some information regarding Linux installations I thought this book would be a good way to speed things along. Wrong. It's not that this book is too expensive, or poorly put together, but it's little more than a cursory overview of the Linux operating system and a listing of the commands to get things done with a terminal. But even to find the commands to do simple things such as renaming files, is too time consuming to be bothered with. Simply doing a Google for the stuff you want to know is much quicker and more comprehensive.

    Whole chapters are committed to such stuff as Emacs and KDE. But, yet again, there are specific websites with HTML help manuals for this, and more.

    These Open Source books are pretty much a waste of paper, simply because, being Open Source, it's all available online, or in the manuals provided with the distros.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Worth dropping your earlier editions of this book
    I had the 3rd edition of this book, and the 2nd, and was really hesitant about getting this latest edition. After all, linux is pretty mature these days, isn't it?

    Then I read the other reviews, and decided to get it. Glad I did so! Linux is still rapidly expanding, and it really helps to get the latest authoritative scoop, thanks to OReilly.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference Manual
    How many times have you been trying to find a particular command but just can't remember what it was called. How many times have you been typing in a command and forgot the options available?

    Through this book, the author has taken many of the substaintial commands for users, admins, networking and programming and rolled them into a dictionary of sort for Linux users.

    Sure, you can find out a lot about any command through the online man pages, but the author has taken the somewhat cryptic man pages and broken them down into simple, to the point, references laid out much like you would expect to find in a dictionary.

    In addition, you'll find handy reference manuals for common utilities, such as emacs, vi, CVS, sed and awk. While each of these could fill a book in themselves, the author has broken them down to the bare basics to help you get up and running and understand basic operation of each.

    All in all, a wonderful reference manual that will compliment more in-depth manuals on actual use and administration of a Linux system.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have For Linux Users
    I have to say that I agree with one of the reviewer here in that most of the book is very much like the manual, but I don't completely agree with his rating; after all the man pages are a great Linux reference, but if you are looking for a reference "Book" for Linux then this is it. Personally it has been really useful for me being a Computer Engineering Major, first exposed to Linux/Unix now in college [Cornell ECE/CS 314 :-) ]

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference book on Linux
    This is a book that you should keep handy while working with Linux. Every time I had a doubt in commands, this book always had an answer.

    If you are looking for a tutorial on Linux, or detailed installation or other step by step tasks, this is not for you. ... Read more


    20. Microsoft Office Xp: Introductory Concepts and Techniques
    by Gary B. Shelly, Thomas J. Cashman, Misty E. Vermaat
    list price: $69.95
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    Asin: 0789563932
    Catlog: Book (2001-07-01)
    Publisher: Course Technology Ptr
    Sales Rank: 144553
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Part of the highly successful Shelly Cashman Series, this text offers a clear screen-by-screen, step-by-step approach to learning the fundamentals of Microsoft Office XP. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Book, For Those Who Are New To Computers!
    This is a great textbook! This book is very easy to follow, as it has provided step-by-step instructions on how to do each of the chapters in this book and of Office XP. It also has a chapter review section with more exercises. ... Read more


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