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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential Check Point FireWall-1 NG: An Installation, Configuration, and Troubleshooting Guide
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Dameon D. Welch-Abernathy
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A must for all FW-1 admins

Updated from his previous book on Firewall-1 for the current version, Mr. Welch-Abernathy's new book on the Internet's premier firewall product provides a wealth of information for every Check Point administrator no matter how well seasoned.
Anyone who's ever taken the Check Point classes and/or read Check Point's 'mostly white paper' handbooks can tell you how difficult it can often be to figure out either what some specific configuration option does or how to implement various features. With Check Point the path to success involves a lot more than the standard amount of trial-and-error. Many of us doing IT security in a corporate environment simply don't have the time to play Check Point's game of "Clue." This book is our salvation.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Art of Computer Systems Performance Analysis : Techniques for Experimental Design, Measurement, Simulation, and Modeling
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: R. K. Jain
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent source of information

If you want to learn about Capacity Management and you don't have the time to follow a course during day time this book will give you the training you were looking for. It has a lot of useful information and examples about the subject. It will give you all the basic information you need in this area, shows you the angles and gives you the right handles for this complex area of IT.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen, Marie Tahir
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Skim this book rather than buying it

As a software designer, I keep pretty close tabs on the current thinking about usability. And while Nielsen's periodic AlertBox column is excellent, this book seemed more like something you simply flip through rather than use as a solid desk reference on Web site and homepage design.
Several times as I read through the book, I thought to myself that he really sold himself short. Lists are so long as to be utterly unusable, and the "mistakes" he highlights are too repetitive, and often ambiguous. This is hardly the kind of empirical-evidence-based advice I was hoping for; in the end, it seemed like he just jotted down notes as he went along and found someone to publish it. And while the look and feel of the book itself is excellent, the content is poorly thought out. Maybe he just needs a better editor (after all, I found many typos, something that's hard to stomach when he is so critical of similar mistakes). Finally, some of the advice he offers merely serves to demonstrate his lack of business experience and basic branding and marketing, which is both ironic and embarrassing.
I'll admit that his task isn't an easy one, as he faces a central dilemma: he either must point out every little problem, or risk coming under fire for missing something. Unfortunately, I think he erred on the side of "too much trivia" at the expense of his readers. The book was fun to look through, and it gave me several important insights into homepage design, but I can' t imagine that I will ever refer to it. If you want excellent insight into web page and homepage usability, I would stick with the Alertbox.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle9i DBA Handbook
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Kevin Loney, Marlene Theriault
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
About time

I was wondering how long it would be before this book was out. It sold clean off the shelves at OpenWorld in San Francisco, which was very disappointing for me. The chapter on RMAN was much needed. As usual the rest of the book has what you need as a DBA. Get this book!