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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Internet Routing Architectures (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Sam Halabi, Danny McPherson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
It represented to me the definite resource about IP routing


In my working activities I happen to meet sometimes, but not too frequently, issues about IP routing architectures. Needing to consolidate my background about the subject, I tried to read some publications, that, in spite of editorial reviews, did not satisfy me, being lost about TCP/IP details more than routing issues. This book help me to fix this cultural flaws and represented the definite resource about routing. Maybe I have not been able to fully appreciate it because I am not a network engineer or administrator, and some chapters become too detailed for people having general, and not specialistic, requirements. But I must agree that reading this book made me to know something I did not before, at a sufficient level of detail. That is what I need to state that a book is worth its price.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Steve Krug
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Don't design your website without this book!


This book is one of the most magnificently written books I've ever read. It's written in such an easy to understand way, and in simple terms so that EVERYONE can understand it! There are tons of helpful tips in how to design the best website ever. As part of a Women's World-wide organization, as well as an Entrepreneur, this book helped me to take another 'look' at my website and do some serious make-overs! I will continue to use this book on a weekly basis to keep referencing back to it for some website pointers for my site @ http://www.aei.dli.com.If you don't own this book - buy it now. It will definitely become one of the most valuable items in your home office!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming the Microsoft Windows Driver Model, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Walter Oney
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If you're serious about WDW, you need this book!


Walter Oney is an expert who doesn't talk down to you. There's a lot of gold in this well-written book, but to extract it happily you'll need a strong background in Windows programming, including first and foremost a couple of years of professional driver-writing experience for Win9X/NT platforms; in a few places, some knowledge of COM and MFC will also be helpful. Plug and Play, power management, and USB issues are covered in detail, as well as driver basics (from an advanced perspective), the intricacies of cancelling IRPs, etc.
I like Oney's approach to teaching -- he concentrates on the logic of the few dozen basic steps needed to write a driver, leaving it to the samples on the accompanying CD to flesh out the skeleton. This has the advantage of highlighting the mechanics, and the often convoluted reasoning behind them, without sacrificing completeness. He identifies and analyzes many potential race conditions and other pitfalls that you might not think of on your own.
One of the best things about the book is the tips and sidebars. Some examples: why you should use the PAGED_CODE macro and Driver Verifier when using Soft-Ice/W on Win2k; the hazards of using DDK "function calls" that are actually macros; how to ship a single binary for both Win2000 and Win98, given that Win98 doesn't support some key functions (such as those involving IO_REMOVE_LOCK) -- the book suggests writing a VDD with stubs for the missing functions, as explained in Appendix A. The sample code also contains very instructive workarounds for the shortcomings of Win98. Another strong point is the DEVQUEUE code that Oney has developed to extend the standard Windows driver model to handle PlugandPlay. In addition to including the code on the CD, he gives a detailed and highly instructive discussion in the text. DEVQUEUE is a useful tool that can be taken over as-is in your own projects.
Once you've finished this book, you'll be writing much more solid code and have enough technique to pick and choose among methods of your choice, rather than feeling cornered and boxed-in. Oney maintains a web site with errata and updates for the book and code samples (for instance, the stub VDD is now replaced by a filter driver to avoid the need to reboot).



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beyond Bullet Points: Using Microsoft PowerPoint to Create Presentations That Inform, Motivate, and Inspire (Bpg-Other)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Cliff Atkinson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Beyond bullets, at peace with my presentations


Thanks for comments. I have worked on 45 minute storyboard template which is attached. As the book suggests the focus actually challenges some of my assumptions and some other tasks Faced with the need to create a persuasive presentation I bought the Beyond Bullets book and went for it. Having read chapter 1 and 2. I created the story I needed to tell to get the audience's attention. I followed the instructions for Acts 2 and 3; wrestled with my own preconceived thoughts of what I thought my audience needed and was forced to confront their problems too. So I was very uncomfortable, and realised the "Beyond Bullets" methodology is taking me on a journey of self enlightenment. The design chapter gave me the confidence to put evocative pictures from my own collection and from picture libraries. I gave the presentation at an international conference in London, felt really relaxed, took 22 minutes to present, got interesting questions. Conference organiser feedback showed it was very well received and I have been approached to give the presentation again plus an invite to dpo a subject I have never presentd before(on the strength of presentation style!!). So the book has challenged me given me tools to meet the challenge and the website has supported me on the journey. If you are prepared to make the journey to presentations that work then read "Beyond Bullets" then act and be prepared for emerging feedback that moves everyone on.....!