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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Art of Computer Virus Research and Defense
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Peter Szor
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Simply the Best!

This book is the primer for any serious virus researcher. It is well-written and provides an in-depth coverage of everything you would ever want to know about viruses from basic terminology to metamorphic and polymorphic viruses, infection strategies and analysis techniques. Peter Szor is clearly one of the best in the business and right person to write this book!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C Programming Language (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis Ritchie, Dennis M. Ritchie
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Reference Book with Terse Examples.

What can I say that hasn't already been said? If you don't own this book you are not a C programmer! This is basically the C programmer's bible, but don't expect that it teaches you how to program. You need to come from a background of previous programming experience.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Digital Photography Hacks
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Derrick Story
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Take casual or hobbyist photography skills to another level

This book from the O'Reilly hack series differs from the other in that it has color images. Since there are colored images, the headers are blue instead of traditional black and that's why the book costs a tad more than the other Hacks books. The landscape photos are spectacular.
The first series of hacks covers tripods, travel-sized to one made for a bike. As expected, learn how to capture magic with flash and take professional portraits with a two flash-setup.
The hacks aren't just hardware-related. Receive tips on taking daylight and nighttime photos with and dealing with kids, whiteboards, passport photos, panoramas, and other objects. Almost 100 pages cover using the computer and software like Photoshop to manipulate images.
A chapter covers camera phones, providing creative ideas for their use. The chapter is brief, so those without an interest or a camera phone won't feel like a few bucks have been wasted. The next time you're bored, go to the projects section near the end of the book for ideas on what to do with photos. Such projects are guaranteed to keep you busy for hours and having fun in the process.
Who will benefit from the book? Those who want to learn the things the pros do without spending time experimenting. Those who aren't afraid to experiment or try new techniques. Those who want to make a camera do things without buying expensive equipment like professionals use. Traditional photographers making the move to digital will benefit. The group that won't benefit are the folks who use a camera on vacation or on special occasions and snap at everything in sight without a worry about how subject is lined up.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Introduction to Electrodynamics (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: David J. Griffiths
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
In-Depth E&M Text

I used this text in an E&M course a few semesters back. Over-all, I enjoyed the book. There are numerous examples in thebook, and a book can never have too many examples. The problemsare mostly not too bad, and some give interesting results (I didattempt every one of them up to chapter 6). The only thingthat I did not like much about the book was the introductionto coordinate transformations. If you want a good introductionto coordinate transformations in an E&M text, then I willrecommend Paul & Nasars book "Introduction to ElectromagneticFields," which uses a mathematical approach to finding thetransformation matrices rather than the "hand-waving" physicistsapproach like Griffiths and most other texts use, if they useanything at all. The Paul & Nasar text is for an ElectricalEngineers E&M course however, and is not "deep" as Griffithstext. Both texts (like all others I've seen) use vectors in allsituations that require their use. Someday I'd like to see atext that explicitly uses tensors. (Yes, a tensor of order oneand a vector are not the same thing in most coordinate systems)