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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Cram (Exam: 350-001)
Publisher: Coriolis Group Books
Authors: Henry Benjamin, Dmitry Bokotey, Thomas M. Thomas II
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Coriolis has done it again.

The toughest certification to obtain is the CCIE and that's because of the exam 350-001 and the practical involves over 6 hours. In my reading of technical books routing and switching concepts for the CCNP were complex and the CCIE will take this knowledge one or two levels higher.
This is a 490-page exam cram with the Cram Sheet to start you off. There are tips throughout the book and the practice questions even have trick question with explanation to help you out.
The topics covered begin with network theory, which is the OSI model, bridging and LAN Switching. Then you move to network technologies like Ethernet, all types, token ring, FDDI and CDDI.
Right after that you learn about TCP/IP Networking concepts like CIDR, ARP, RARP, addressing and subnetting, NAT and HSRP services. The routing and switching algorithms for routing protocols is covered.
The book next moves to network and design protocols like IPX, AppleTalk, IP, DecNet, and NETBIOS. Security, Wan Technologies of HDLC, DDR, Frame Relay and ATM and Cisco device operations finish up this book.
There is so much information covered in this book and remember this the exam cram, I am looking forward to the exam prep, which will have even more information.

Product: Book - Textbook Binding
Title: Routing TCP/IP Volume I (CCIE Professional Development)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Jeff Doyle
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An Indispensible Tome

I am reviewing Routing TCP/IP Volume 1 (ISBN 1578700418), part of the CCIE Professional Development Series from Cisco Press. This book is widely regarded as part of the "Holy Trinity" of CCIE preparatory books. In addition to CCIE prep, it is also highly valued as an essential desk reference for anyone pursuing a career as a senior-level routing engineer. The author, Jeff Doyle, having written the two most recognized tomes on IP Routing, is a respected authority on the topic. His writing style is very clear and not at all difficult to read, which sets him apart from a lot of the authors in the "high-end routing book" category.
The book is part of a set of two books. TCP/IP Volume 1 contains coverage of the major interior routing protocols (RIP, IGRP, EIGRP, OSPF & ISIS) and follows it with coverage of route redistribution, filtering and mapping. TCP/IP Volume 2 covers the BGP exterior gateway protocol and follows it with coverage of advanced IP routing issues. As someone who's come up through the CCNA-to-CCNP-to-CCIE-candidate path, I recognized all of the topics from the BSCI curriculum. All this book really does is takes them to another level of depth. I highly recommend this path of coming at the CCIE, because unless you've done it all and seen it all, there's way too much information to take in during a single reading. Reading the BSCI book first gets you familiar with all of the topics, so that you're not overwhelmed when reading the Doyle books.
While many pan this book as being outdated since it was written in 1998, my contention is that all of the covered topics are still fair game for the CCIE qualifying written exam and the book still retains all of its original value. There are a lot of topics which are on the test which are not in Doyle's books, but if you look at the CCIE blueprint, the topics covered in the books map exactly to the topics in the IP Routing & IP Multicast sections of the blueprint. You can't treat any book as being a one stop shop for CCIE preparation. That's impossible. The book would be the size of my desk. I would actually contend that, on the next rewrite, they should break the 2 volume set into 3 volumes, one for the interior protocols, one for BGP by itself, and one for all of the advanced routing issues and multicast. This would make the volumes a bit less daunting and also somewhat easier to carry.
But, carry-ability issues aside, this is a very good book. It takes all of the topics to the degree of depth which you would expect for a CCIE-level book and explains things in a way that doesn't lose the reader. I had to work to keep the examples straight in my head, but no one said becoming a CCIE was easy. On the downside, the book contains no disc. This is unfortunate, because I always like to have the book on PDF. Also, it would be nice to have the review questions and answers put into a question bank. The book is also missing the "Do I Know This Already" section for each chapter, which is present in all of Cisco Press' certification guides. I realize that this is probably due to the fact that this is more of a desk reference / learning book than an official certification guide. However, as someone who's studying for an exam, I always like as many free practice questions as I can get.
I give Routing TCP/IP Volume 1 a 5 on my 5 ping rating scale and look forward to reading Volume 2. !!!!!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Building Secure Software: How to Avoid Security Problems the Right Way
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: John Viega, Gary McGraw
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Comment from Preface author

As I say in the Preface of this book, "We wouldn't have to spend so much time, money, and effort on network security if we didn't have such bad software security." We all know that security is risk management. _Building Secure Software_ takes the same risk-management approach to security that I espouse in _Secrets and Lies_. But while my recent focus is on detection and response, this book focuses on prevention. Most importantly, it focuses on prevention where it should occur: during software design.
_Building Secure Software_ is a critical tool in the understanding of secure software. Viega and McGraw have done an excellent job of laying out both the theory and practice of secure software design. Their book is useful, practical, understandable, and comprehensive. It won't magically turn you into a software security expert, but it will make you more sensitive to software security. And the more sensitive you are to the problem, the more likely you are to work toward a solution.

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 Was Afraid...I Was Very Afraid!....

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