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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Secrets and Lies : Digital Security in a Networked World
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Bruce Schneier
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Book stradles both worlds: academia and corporate world ...

of IT Security.

While Bruce Schneider rehashes old ideas discussed in his other IT Sec books, this read is well organized, with lots of practical examples and quite thorough in his extensive coverage of all security measures.

The best thing about this book is how the presentation of various IT Security measures makes the reader aware of how imporatnt security policies are and what the important aspects of security management are. This read is definitely beneficial for IT and Security managers.

When reading this book I could not help but get annoyed with how verbose this book is. One could easily eliminate various paragraphs and still maintain the integrity of the books message.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual C++.NET: How to Program
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not great, but not horrilbe

The book is ok, but it just wasn't as useful as I would have hoped.

As for specifics, I would have to say that it did fly by important topics and spend far too much time on less critical ones.

Oh, and one annoying aspect of the book is that it seems to be intended for a college class; and so it includes end of chapter questions that don't include answers...becuase it isn't the "teachers edition." Anyway, that made me grumble a few times.

Also, I found that its style of giving a few pages of code, followed by a few pages of explaining the code, could have been used much more effectively. Often the "explanations" involved simply stating "what" they did and not "why".
Furthermore, the style makes it much more difficult to go back and quickly lookup a detail that you may need to brush up on.

Anyway, I don't mean to sound too negative; like I said the book wasn't horrible, it was just disappointing; escpecially considering that it is on the upper end of the price range for programming books.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy IX Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Brady Games
Authors: Dan Birlew
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Without a doubt the worst strategy guide I have ever seen

presumably it's unfair to blame dan birlew for this travesty. i'm sure he wanted to write a really, really great guide filled with useful information, and square and brady instead forced him to take out all the bits that you actually look for in a guide -- you know, like INFORMATION -- and instead insert a lot of plugs for their website... But that's really neither here nor there. Some [not nice] person, or collection of people, is responsible for this travesty, and all you and I can do is see that they don't profit from it. Fight the power! Don't buy this guide!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Switch Book: The Complete Guide to LAN Switching Technology
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Rich Seifert
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book for learning all about switching

Rich Seifert has played a significant role in the development of Ethernet and other high-speed LAN standards and is the perfect person to write a book on this subject. Also an excellent teacher, Rich knows how to take the reader from basic introductory information through comprehensive technical details, with an often humorous writing style that works for advanced-level engineers and ordinary people like me who are mathematically-challenged!
If you need to design, install, or manage networks with switching and need to fully understand Layer 2 and 3 switching, Virtual LANs, Link Aggregation, QoS, and more, this book is a must-have. Simply understanding the terminology used when talking about switching will help the reader select the correct products for his or her needs. Rich does a great job of cutting through the marketing hype.
Of course, I am biased in that Rich and the publisher asked me to be one of the early reviewers of this book and I thought it was great then and am thrilled that it is finally available for the rest of the world.