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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Kevin D. Mitnick, William L. Simon, Steve Wozniak
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
The Greatest Hack


Kevin Mitnick IS a criminal. I have problems abetting his profiting from his crimes. However, that aside; this is a useful book. I am also put-off by his boastfulness.
A well-run and maintained network is difficult to attack. Not impossible, just difficult. The easiest way to subvert most systems is the weakest component - the people. People want to be helpful and too often are not aware of the impact of even simple slips. People are also lazy. They write down passwords, circumvent security systems that seem burdensome, and do not report obvious attempts to access system.
Mitnick show us that the most difficult part of any security system is to educate the users and to obtain their buy in that a secure system is a benefit.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Java(TM) Programming Language (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Arnold, James Gosling, David Holmes
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A reference, not a tutorial


This is a superb reference, but I wouldn't personally recommend it for people just starting to get into Java. I bogged down in it myself last week, trying to do just that.
It is probably a much better idea to go through the "Core Java" books as your tutorial, and keep this one on the shelf for clarifying any murky points.
Over time, I suspect you will want or need to work your way through the entire reference to find out exactly how Java will behave under all possible circumstances.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: eBay for Dummies, Fourth Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Marsha Collier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I'm not a dummy, but it still helped!



I have always considered myself a fairly proficient eBay-er, but this book has helped me fine tune my habits. It may not be as helpful to more experienced user, but is definitely great for the beginner to intermediate user.
This book breaks down buying and selling point by point, everything from how to find exactly what you are looking for to a bidding practice called 'sniping' (which I use A LOT!). It also has lots of eBay's rules and is incredibly easy to read. There is really not much more I can say about it than that.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: OCP: Oracle9i Certification Kit
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Chip Dawes, Biju Thomas, Doug Stuns, Matthew Weishan, Joseph C. Johnson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Value & quality crammed into a little box


I am planning on writing a seperate review for all of these books once I am done with it. I just thought I'd share my two cents on the whole set for anyone doubting whether they should purchase it. The set contains all four study guides that will help you prepare for the four exams of the OCP 9i qualification. The writing style is understanding and they have some nice real world samples that kind of put things in perspective. The CD-Rom with its flashcards, chapter tests and two bonus exams for each book makes the whole deal worthwhile. Although I have not had any experience with other study guides other than Sybex's, it will take a lot to beat the quality at the price you pay.