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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Introduction to Algorithms, Second Edition
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest, Clifford Stein
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Badly written, typical MIT book

This is great book. It contains allmost all of classical algorithm theory. It is one of most complete book from this field.
Some advanced fields of algorithm theory are not explained very well, such as randomized algorithms, which are explained in only one example; average time complexity and average time good algorithms; maybe genetic algorithms etc.
I'm highly recommend this book for learning fundamentals of algorithms.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Charles Petzold
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
To MFC or not to MFC

This is an awesome book. It covers a lot of what used to be API programming. It gives a little more understanding to how to program Windows. In fact, I had to read this book first before I was able to understand MFC. In addition, it made me want to download the Platform SDK to try out more stuff, even though it wasn't covered in the book.
Anyway, a couple words of warnings. First, all of the coding in this book is in C, which doesn't give much for Object Oriented Programming. Second, there are a lot of code compared to MFC. So, don't expect to do some small things in a couple of lines. Lastly, you must at least have an interest into learning this because I can see that a person not interested in this can get bored really fast.
Overall, it's a good book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Troubleshooting, Maintaining & Repairing PCs (Troubleshooting, Maintaining & Repairing PCs)
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: Stephen J. Bigelow
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5

The chief problem with the book is the difficulty of finding a problem among the hundreds of troubleshooting symptoms that Mr. Bigelow has included throughout the text. The symptoms at a glance, pp. xxxvii - LXXVIII is weak in that it is very difficult to use it to drill down to the actual problem.
For instance, I was encountering a fatal exception error during a Windows 98 installation. There are fatal exception errors all over the "Symptoms at a Glance" but good luck finding them all! I suggest listing all the fatal exception errors together. Likewise for other problems such as keyboard, DVD or numerous components. Group them logically together!
Having said that, I love the book! With some effort, a technician can find almost any problem and solve it. Hope the next edition includes my suggestions and also Windows 2000 and Windows XP. I purchased the 5th edition in August 2001 for my class and was dissapointed that Windows 2000 or NT wasn't included in chapter 40.

Product: Book - Paperback
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jonathan Hassell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best and only radius book.

A very thorough and detailed -without fluff O'reilly book. Since Freeradius has no documentation, this was godsent. It only lacks a little when it comes to configuring Freeradius with other databases (Mysql is the example setup), but otherwise very thorough.