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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Digital Image Processing (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Rafael C. Gonzalez, Richard E. Woods
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not for Beginners

The book contains so much math formulas in the beginning that you probably think that you have to go back to your math books. If you have to get this book for your class then basically you are in trouble like me unless you are an expert. The book is not also very interesting in reading. Authors do have technical knowledge but have no clue how to hold the readers. Unless you are wasting your life for Image Processing only then I recommend getting this book otherwise "Big No-No" for everyone else.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Disaster Recovery Planning: Strategies for Protecting Critical Information Assets
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Jon William Toigo, Jon Toigo
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Nice Source/Reference/Reminder In DRP

The content of book is reviewed after an unmemorable day, 11 Sept., it does not mean DRP is reviewed from the beginning and changed due to this incidence, however, for me, after reading part of this book, I understood the importance of DRP for any kind of companies whatever it is a small one or big one, crisis management and contingency planning are necessary.
The technology and architecture used in DRP is sophisticated especially in enterprise, but I have another point of view, it sparks me to think of such planning for those small to medium size companies because they can't afford to spend lots of $$$ on it, that's reason this book brings value to a consultant.
Most people think that DRP can't generate revenue actually, however, from this book, it provides a concept to me how to secure a company assets. This book is quite suitable to those business management as well to remind and review themselves. Sometimes, we are not so lucky, some incidences will not give us a second chance or accident could be recovered, this book told us why and how to prepare before unexpected events come to us.
I don't think DRP (Diaster Recovery Planning) or BCP (Business Continuity Planning)are narrowed to IT only, even our home, public facilities, etc., we could apply our DRP mindset there.
By the way, in Hong Kong, SARS is prevailing, will you just start to keep fit, eat more fruits and sleep earlier when a powerful disease comes? At least, it is not too late for us to improve when we discover our problems.
This book reminds us: Prepare for the worst.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential System Administration, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Æleen Frisch
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Essential is the word

If you are performing any level of system administration on any varient of Unix then this is a great book to have on your desk. It covers just about all aspects of system administration necessary for small to medium systems and networks.
Each topic is dealt with first by an approachable description of what is going on, a discussion of the differences between different systems and some examples of commands or configuration files together with a discussion of what each example is doing and how it does it. It really is an easy way to work out what you need to do on your own system.
The structure works equally well as an aide memoir or as a tutorial to a new topic and this is backed up by an effective index which seems to guide me to the right part of the book much more reliably than is the case in many computing texts.
Although the book, even in its second edition, is now several years old, it is still relevant. The basics if the task do not change and, even if the task in hand has changed a little, reading and understanding the section in the book will leave you well placed to sort out minor variations which is not something that you would get from just plugging away at the man pages.
The main thing that is missing as a result of this is coverage of completely new material, don't expect to find anything about IPv6 or running a webserver for example. That is not such a big problem though as if you are dealing with these issues, you will almost certainly need books on those subjects as well as a general admin book.
For me, it is simple, this is a book that lives on my desk and not on my bookshelf. It helps me out with my mixed network of Linux, Solaris, SunOS and FreeBSD.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML 4 for Dummies, Fourth Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ed Tittel, Natanya Pitts, Ed Tittel
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A Must-Buy for Dummies

This book is fantastic. I read this book with no knowledge whatsoever of HTML or web design, and am now a web hotshot who's been hired to design several pages and even opened my own site to help teach others about the web. The real meat of this book is in Chapter 5, where all the tags are presented along with all of their attributes, properties, and what exactly they do. The enclosed CD is a sheer boon, providing powerful tools and more examples than you could shake a stick at. I highly recommend it.