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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Optimizing Oracle Performance
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Cary Millsap
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must have


This is the first time I'm submitting a review on a book in Amazon, that's howimpressed I am with this work.
Simply put, this book fills in all the gaps in analyzing Oracle performance that exist in other published works.
The writing is clear and concise, the methods are scientific and sound.
Highly recommended.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hacking Linux Exposed, Second Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Brian Hatch, James Lee, George Kurtz
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Saved me.


This book really covers everything Linux. After getting half way through the book trying to implement things they talk about I found that my machine had already been hacked. So I started with a clean install like they suggest, made changes following the methods they list, and haven't been touched since.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Rick Sammon's Complete Guide to Digital Photography: 107 Lessons on Taking, Making, Editing, Storing, Printing, and Sharing Better Digital Images
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Authors: Rick Sammon
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A beginner


This book is worth every penny. It comes with FULL COLOR. So it is easy for you to see every detail of the sample pictures. I started my digital phtography experience with Canon S400. The book gives me an opportunity to become the person who knows how to take the great pictures. Therefore, if you are a beginner like me and want to buy your first book in Digital Photography. This book will be your first one.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: DNS and BIND, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Paul Albitz, Cricket Liu
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Highly recommended for Unix netadmins or the curious


Before reading this book, using Bind was a daunting and intimidtaing task. Even when I followed examples on web tutorials, I found I still didn't understand what it was I was doing. But having read this book, I feel much more confident using Bind and DNS in general. Unintuitive config files are now totally readable, and fancy terms such as "zone" or "reverse mapping" make much more sense now.
I definitely recommend this book to Unix netadmins because this book has a lot of practical advice for how best to optomize Bind in a network, and how to deal with tricky tasks such as delegating and compensating for network disasters (a must read section).
Best of all, the book is very easy to read, rather humorous at times, and has something for people of all levels of experience. I whole heartedly give this book 5 stars, and strongly urge other Unix/LInux folks to read it too. Enjoy!