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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Solaris Internals: Core Kernel Architecture
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Jim Mauro, Richard McDougall, Sun Microsystems Press
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent Book. Strongly Recommended.

It brings me out of the hell!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide, Deluxe Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Todd Lammle
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Perfect for the exam

I'm sure you can pass the CCNA with this book even without any Cisco experiences as long as you read it through from cover to back. I passed CCNA with 956/1000 on my first try. But be careful, still a couple of typos and mistakes in the deluxe edition.The simulator lab is also helpful for the newbie, but cannot do every command you want. Good lock.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Office 2003 Step by Step
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Online Training Solutions Inc., Curtis Frye, Inc., Online Training Solutions, Curtis Frye
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Review of MICROSOFT OFFICE SYSTEM 2003 Step-ByStep

Book Review by Douglas E. Parsons/IPCUG
MICROSOFT OFFICE SYSTEM 2003Step-By-StepFrom OnLine Training Solutions Inc. & Curtis Frye
This 908 page book is chock filled with instructions and a training disk to allow you to learn at your own pace. If you know everything about Office 2003 you will not need this book but as I don't know as much as I wish I found this book fascinating. I love to learn new things and this book is filled with them. Even if you know how to do a lot of the things in Microsoft Office there are always new techniques available to make your work easier.
Using this book and the tutorials on the training disk you can build just the right skills you need to do your jobs and tasks. There are several `real world' examples for you to practice on and improve your skills. The CD-Rom disk included with this book is filled with the Step-By Step & One Note 2003 e-books, Microsoft Computer dictionary, business templates and clip art with which to practice your Office computing skills.
There is one section of Quick Reference for those of you that know all the stuff but just need a brief list of do this, do that to accomplish your task. In browsing through this I was amazed to find out there were so much more that could be done in Office 2003 than I ever knew.
The easy to read chapters in the book cover all the 2003 programs, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook, FrontPage, Publisher, OneNote and InfoPath (The last two are new to 2003).The chapters are laid out in easy to follow steps to complete the task you want. For instance, in chapter 11, Access 2003, Sorting for information the instructions tell you to start Access, and use the GardenCO database in the practice file folder (this is followed by complete instructions on where to find this folder; detailed step by step instructions such as I need and admire). Following this is an eight step instruction list on how to sort customers by City and Region. Many of the different chapters on the various programs give screen shots and show you how to come up with these screens. Several times I was warned that if my screen did not look like the one in the book I should go back and re-do it until is matched.
Of particular interest was chapter 29, `Working with Notes' as this covered the new OneNote 2003 program that Microsoft just came out with this year. This program makes the notes you take at meetings or in classes more useful by providing a number of ways to find them, mark them and share them. You can jot sown a great idea for the saving of mankind with minimal interruption of your current task. Then you can search your notes-no matter how big or lengthy they are. Sharing with others via e-mail and creating tasks for yourself is easy with the integration into Microsoft Outlook.
The list price for this book is $39.99 but Amazon.Com is having a 30% off sale making it $27.99 and some deal for free shipping. They also have some used copies for $25.75. You might try to find other companies that sell used books at great prices. I have bought several by doing a web search for cut rate books.
Therefore, if you are interested about becoming better at the Microsoft Office 2003 products you must get this book. Not only get it but spend a few evenings with it going through the STEP-BY-STEP tutorials. You will be very glad you did in the future when you are able to do the things you want easier and faster and develop a much better looking product. DEP

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Publisher: Anchor
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good blend of light science and history.

I consumed the book in two days. Very entertaining and a must read for anyone who is interested in crypto. Outlines nicely the ever changing lines of information security.