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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building Enterprise Information Architecture: Reengineering Information Systems
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Melissa Cook, Hewlett-Packard Professional Books
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
A Good Overview for the Uninitiated

Melissa Cook's work is best suited for the reader possessing little exposure to the overarching concepts concerning the use of modern information systems to support enterprise environments. Viewed from this perspective the book appears to be successful. The text covers several EA topics and issues in a simple, relatively non-technical manner. It also devotes, where possible, a portion of its space to the historical background concerning a particular topic.
For the contemporary CIO or VP of information systems/technology who needs to wrestle with the demands of actually building an enterprise information architecture, the prospects for Cook's book may be different. Such readers may well want to search for texts that drill deeper into the issues and challenges to be faced when building or reengineering application architectures.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How Computers Work, Seventh Edition
Publisher: Que
Authors: Ron White, Timothy Edward Downs
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An absolute must have for anyone with a computer!

IBM-compatible PC performance improvements dictate that upgrade or replace your computer frequently to run the latest software. "How Computers Work" gets you up to speed on component selection and replacement. The book covers a broad range of topics by pointing to the forest, not the trees, in an accessible and entertaining style. I was somewhat put off by the "picture-book" look, but the illustrations are very good, and probably appropriate for the target audience. An excellent primer, with some useful information for professionals as well.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions, Fourth Edition (Hacking Exposed)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Stuart McClure, Joel Scambray, George Kurtz
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Whhheeerrreeesss The BEEF?

i have been in the comminications field for 13 years now. this book reviewed like it was one of the best out there for hacking methods and vulnerabilities and i thought it would compliment my library. after going through about a third of the book, i now know it is poor. this book is nothing more than a internet directory listing for hack sites and software. it gives no detail at all. it explains next to nothing. where as i was looking for actual mechanics for attacks, to include protocols and logic, this book simply references web site, after site, after site. i would not even recommend this book for a beginner due to no depth. you could do better pointing your browser to the internet than read this book (well, the book does pretty much tell you to go to the internet). look elsewhere, even if you are looking for a starter book on the topic.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How the Internet Works, Seventh Edition
Publisher: Que
Authors: Preston Gralla
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book and diagrams

A brilliant visual safari revealing the digital, virtual and visceral all and everything of the Internet for people who want it clear, quick and colorful.