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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Solaris 10 : The Complete Reference (Complete Reference Series)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Paul Watters
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Deceptive Book Title: NOT a Complete Solaris 10 Reference


This book does not cover new Solaris 10 features. It may make a good Solaris 9 reference, but that is what it is -- A Solaris 9 references with a few paragraphs about Solaris 10. It does not even mention most of the new major features, much less tell you how to use them.

A sample of major missing topics:

Dtrace: There is no mention of Dtrace. This is one of the most significant features of Solaris 10. It will completely change the way that you solve problems on the system.

Zones: A major addition for dev/test environments, server consolidation, or simply protecting the base OS from intrusion into the application space. The book only mentions that they exist, but gives no help or guidance for planning or administration.

Service Management Framework (SMF): The way that services are handled has completely changed. Init scripts are nearly all collected into SMF. Inetd is handled within SMF now. This book mentions none of this.

The book doesn't just leave out SMF, the old methods it describes are now INCORRECT practice.

Fault Management Architecture (FMA): Nothing

Basic Audit Reporting Tool (BART): Nothing

This book might be a good overview of basic Solaris features for junior admins, but if you actually want to use the power of Solaris 10, either go to http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/prod/solaris.10 or wait for a real Solaris 10 book. To see what you are missing, browse through the archived pdf presentations on http://mediacast.sun.com/browse

The old Solaris 9 related content may be good, but I'm giving it one star for omission and deception.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Anarchist in the Library: How the Clash Between Freedom and Control is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Siva Vaidhyanathan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
George's review


Siva Vaidhyanathan has written another book that (again!) establishes him as one of the sharpest young media thinkers emerging on the cultural scene. An American Studies scholar by training, Vaidhyanathan has an interdiscipliniary background that is everywhere apparent in his approach to complex, sprawling issues such as copyright (as in his excellent first book, Copyrights and Copywrongs) and now in the perplexities of digitality, the subject of his new title, The Anarchist in the Library.
Issues of privacy, intellectual property, creative freedom... this book pokes the major sore spots throbbing underneath our blithely digital epoch, though it does so in unexpected ways.This not the same old "paint by numbers" approach to cultural studies in which a problem is identified, denounced, and remedied (in the abstract) by a few cursory nods toward the self-evident.
Rather, this book takes unexpected turns that never lose the reader's interest or passion. Perhaps this is because Vaidhyanathan is blessed (or cursed by those academics suspicious of such fluency) with an inviting prose style that adds considerable charm to even his most polemical passages---this fluency may be why he is finding such success as a public intellectual, appearing in the pages of Salon, NY Times, etc., as well as on television and the net (he is a well-known blogger at www.sivacracy, one of the few I read outside of Eric Alterman's).
Bottom line: I'm teaching an Honors course on Media Studies next year and I expect to use this book with my students---it seems ideally pitched for both serious students and general readers alike.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Assembly Language Step-by-step: Programming with DOS and Linux (with CD-ROM)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Jeff Duntemann
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Poor choice for the linux user


I bought this book with the expectation that it would assist me in learning assembly for linux. The book provides only minimal background on linux, significantly the book largely ignores how to make system call within linux. If your looking to learn assembly for windows using NASM, this may be the book for you. However, the author in my opinion includes a lot of useless background information, for example the author spends an entire chapter dicussing how to use his own assembly tool built with pascal.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Direct from Dell: Strategies that Revolutionized an Industry
Publisher: HarperBusiness
Authors: Michael Dell, Catherine Fredman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great Book, Lots to learn from his technique


I really enjoyed this book! I believe that most readers will find it a great tool with very important concepts. I am a little weary about Michael Dell's objective with this book. It appears to have been written to promote his company and run up his stock options. However, regardless of his motives, which are definately questionable, it's a good book and you'll enjoy it and learn from it. He's a very smart man, with lots of wisdom to share.