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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux Troubleshooting Bible
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Christopher Negus, Thomas Weeks
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Troubleshooting Linux yourself

Linux systems have become easy enough to use that you no longer have to be a computer expert to operate a Linux desktop or set up a simple server. However, making the leap of faith to bet your organization on Linux requires a decision to:

* Purchase expensive support contracts from Red Hat Inc., Novell, Inc. or some other Linux vendor, or

* Take the responsibility to configure and troubleshoot Linux yourself.

Knowing how to safely deploy a Linux system on the Internet, or debug server software or desktop hardware, can take years to develop. Contributors to the Linux Troubleshooting Bible condense their years of experience into a few hundred pages that will set you on your own road to becoming a Linux guru.

I put together the team of writers on this book to save you the thousands of hours it would take to start from scratch learning Linux troubleshooting on your own. Among the contributors is Tom Weeks, who trains technicians that support and protect literally thousands of Linux systems at Rackspace Managed Hosting, and Jesse Keating, founder of the Fedora Legacy Project, which provides critical security updates to Red Hat Linux and Fedora Core Linux systems. I've tried to leverage more than 20 years of my own experience writing about UNIX and Linux system administration to make the information interesting and entertaining.

I took on this project because I felt strongly that the Linux community needs cohesive resources to take the Linux enthusiast forward to where he can become a skilled Linux professional. With a focus on Red Hat (Fedora and RHEL), Debian, and SuSE systems, I hope you find the Linux Troubleshooting Bible to be a useful way to expand your hobby into a powerful profession.

-- Chris Negus
Co-author Linux Troubleshooting Bible
Author Red Hat Linux Bible (all editions)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Writing Secure Code, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Michael Howard, David C. LeBlanc
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

I bought this book after the *Bill Gates* email came out about Microsoft being serious about security. I figured that when he sends email like this to the company, it's important. And when **he recommends this book** in the email, it's something worth looking at. It is - Writing Secure Code is great. It's an easy read, full of great design, development and testing principles and ideas.
The first couple of chapters revolve around design, in fact ch2 is over 70pp long, and it's all about how to design secure systems.
The bulk of the book focuses on secure coding, including buffer overruns, sockets, RPC, COM, Crypto, canoniclization issues, least privilege, storing secret data, Web apps - and more!
The last part of the book discusses common .NET coding errors, and how to build security test plans.
What makes this book utterly unique is it really teaches you how to design and test secure applications, as well as how to write them. The design and test stuff I have seen nowhere else.
The book is worth every penny, and I now know why Bill Gates recommends the book to all Microsoft developers.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Introduction to the Theory of Computation
Publisher: Course Technology
Authors: Michael Sipser
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
BEST Computer Theory book

This book is by far the best book that I read!!! It presents topics in a very interesting and readable way.
My advice is read this book if you an undergrad student, even though instructor might be using a different book. If you are a grad student this books makes an excellent reference for refreshing your knowledge of Computer Theory. Computer Theory is not my area of interest, but this book makes it very interesting and fun area; which is quiet unusual for Computer Theory books.
I am a grad student taking advanced "Computer Theory" class. I have bought couple books including this one, and checked out from library another 6. This book in an introductory book and it has excellent coverage of the basics, and it has some brief but very good coverage of advanced topics as well. I read this book every time to refresh my knowledge before I go on to more in depth topics. The only thing that I wish, is that the undergrad course that I have taken a number years ago was using this book; and/or I read this book when I was an undergrad.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
I could do without the jokes

Mr. Kelby did a great job with this book. I have several books on Photoshop, three supposedly specific to photos. This one will likely be the one to which I keep referring due to the excellent organization. Other books present similar information, and this is not the only good book, but it has one outstanding quality: it is well organized by topic, and you can find stuff again in a snap. Some books that have a lot of good information are not organized, so you have a hard time finding stuff again. That is very important to me because I generally only remember how to do the stuff I do all the time, and often need to find specifics on particular techniques again.
Some people don't like the cutesy stuff, and Mr. Kelby does open each subject with a little attempt at humor, but he keeps it brief, and the text in the procedures is all down to business. His experience and talent as an editor shows -- very little excess verbiage, yet very few gaps in the essentials.
I bought this book after becoming very familiar with Photoshop, but I don't think you would have to be to make good use of this book. Mr. Kelby is careful to include basic PS user interface information along with the digiphoto procedures. There are often many ways to do a task in Photoshop, and Mr. Kelby is good about presenting multiple equivalent approaches. He also continually mentions keyboard shortcuts, which helps a lot with efficiency, and is very useful in a book because digging them out of the Adobe documentation is not so easy.
I highly recommend this book for people who want to learn to use the tools in PS to work on digital photos. You don't have to be a pro or be using a digital SLR -- there is a ton of good information in there to help you get the most out of snapshots from a little point-and-shoot. Once you get PS installed and a very basic understanding of it, and have a decent photo printer, this book could quickly get you making much nicer photos.
I rate it a 5 of 5 stars, and I don't generally do that.