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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Secrets and Lies : Digital Security in a Networked World
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Bruce Schneier
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
good where he knows what he's talking about, which is seldom


When an author gets famous, he sooner or later makes a fool of himself by writing about material that is way over his head. Schneier has now reached that point. He is indeed a master cryptographer. However, he is woefully ignorant of nearly every other aspect of computer security. His discussions of multi-level security, of UNIX security issues, of access control lists, of firewalls, of what-have-you (whether mechanistic or policy-related) were remarkable for their vagueness, terminological inaccuracy, and just plain wretchedness. Whether from a product marketplace viewpoint or a purely conceptual viewpoint, when he ventures beyond crypto algorithms, Schneier hasn't a clue what he's talking about: he seems to be regurgitating an uneasy mixture of "UNIX Review" and "2600" articles. I'm sure that readers in the intelligence community will get a good chuckle over Schneier's stunning revelation that TALENT and KEYHOLE are two classifications--they've been only one for the last several decades. His discussion thereof also betrays total ignorance of the distinction among codewords, compartments, warning notices, collateral access categories, and special access programs--and, although it's entitled "Muti-level security," the "explanation" says not word one about the raison d'etre of multi-level secure computer systems. Please, sir, confine your future rants to material that you actually understand so that you don't become a laughingstock.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Data and Computer Communications, Seventh Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: William Stallings
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A good book overall but it doesn't go into the mathematics


The book gives an overall view of the computer networks and describes different kinds of networks till the vert roots . But what is lacking in the book is a probabilistic analysis of different protocols and their relative advantages and in what kind of situations . As these are the tools which a network designer would require if he is confronted with the design of a network .



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The UNIX Programming Environment
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Rob Pike
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Understand the logic of UNIX.


Ive learned UNIX on my home p.c with LINUX, Coming from WinNT envrioment i didnt know a thing About the UNIX operating system, this book helped Me understand the simplicity and logic behind UNIX And how to use my programming skills on a Diffrent, better operating system. I recommend this book storngly to every Novice/Advanced/user/programmer that wants to Learn UNIX the right way.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy VIII Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
all u need 2 know


it had everything to help with the game without making it to easy