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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: eBay for Dummies, Fourth Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Marsha Collier
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
big disappointment

This review refers to "ebay For Dummies" (4th Edition) by Marsha Collier....
I did alot of "window" shopping over at eBay, but never actually got up the nerve to bid, buy or sell over there. I felt real safe here at Amazon. I saw so many items over there that I was interested in(you name it..they got it!), but was just afraid of jumping in. Was it safe? Would I wind up with something I really didn't want? How do you know when and what to bid? If your selling, how do you go about that? etc. etc...
This book answered ALL those questions and much, much more. Even this book itself was intimidating to me when it first arrived. There was sooo much 'stuff' in it. Did I have to know ALL that before i could hang out at eBay? So I just started glancing through it and realized what a treasure chest of info it was. Pretty soon I was reading it chapter by chapter just because I found it all so interesting.
"eBay for Dummies" covers it all. From the very basics...getting a feel for eBay, how to sign up,getting the "lay of the land", getting info on the seller, and bidding, to putting items up for sale, completeing cyber paperwork, shipping and dealing with buyers and sellers.There are chapters on rules and a safety program, bidding stategies, and there's even one on how to present the best pictures of your items if you are selling.
Yes..I was afraid..I was very afraid..but there's no better feeling than going into something armed with knowledge, even if you are a newbie! And you don't need to read it cover to cover to get started. It's easy to look up and find answers to questions you have to get started, and it'll always be there as a refrence as you go along and become more comfortable.You'll be a biddin' and a buyin'(and maybe even a sellin')in no time at all. Be careful though..you may get hooked!
Thanks Marsha Collier for this great fountain of new age shopping information for beginners. I'm not afraid anymore!
Go For It...Laurie

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft® Excel 2000 Power Programming with VBA
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: John Walkenbach
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best book on VBA i ever have read

I am a proffesional developer and i have read books on VBA for many years.I must say that this book is the best one. John Walkenbach has covered many different aspects of VBA-programming in a funny and pedagogic way.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Red Hat Linux Bible: Fedora and Enterprise Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Christopher Negus
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Perfect book for getting started with Linux

Are you interested in Linux and don't know where to start?
This book has everything you need to get started.
The book has 3 CDs with the Fedora Core 1 OS. It has over 1000 pages of information describing every aspect of installing and using the Operating System.
And it is readable.
The author seems to understand that not everyone is a "techie", so he has obviously gone to great pains to make his instruction understandable. At the same time, he hasn't simplified it to the point of leaving critical exceptions to procedures out (a failure of most books about Linux).
All applications are listed and described, including many esoteric applications that may be vital to only a few users.
Although enthusiastic about Linux, the author is pretty realistic about its comparison to other operating systems, such as Microsoft's Windows. If you want to get from point A to point B, and you don't care about the price of the ticket, Linux may not be for you. But if you care about "travelling in style" this book is the ultimate guide.
Consider that for the price of this book you can obtain:
OpenOffice, Koffice (2 office productivity suites!)OpenOffice Writer, Abiword, Kword (3 word processors!)OpenOffice Calc, Gnumeric (2 spreadsheet applications!)OpenOffice Impress, Kpresenter (2 presentation programs!)Mozilla, Epiphany, Konqueror (3 internet browsers!)Evolution, Kmail, Mozilla Mail (3 e-mail readers!)Gnu Image Manipulation Program (an image editor for artists)Gnucash (a financial application)
...And literally hundreds of other special applications including games, and educational programs for children and adults.
With the Fedora Operating System and this book, you can tweak your Computer to look like, and to do anything you dream of doing-- wasn't that why people became interested in computers in the first place?
How much would you have to spend for Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Internet Explorer, Outlook, Adobe Photoshop, Quicken or Microsoft Money? Add it up!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Non-Designer's Design Book, Second Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Robin Williams
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Extreme helpful to beginners

I've never studied design officially, never had any "designer" job. But in spite of my lack of experience, I was able to study design from this book. For me the few basic principles I found in this book was very important and usable. I don't know about the pro's, but this book is invaluable for the beginners.