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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Understanding the Linux Kernel (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Daniel P. Bovet, Marco Cesati
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
1-5 star depends what information you are looking for

I am CS student and I had been confused by my OS textbooks with bunch of abstract block diagrams, pseudo codes, and implementation examples on different hardware platforms. I know OS handles interrupts, uses locks, manages process, do file-IO caches, but I want to have a clear picutre of how these really work together. I try to dig Linux kernel code by myself but only finds more questions and frustrations. This book helps me at this point. It describes x86 hardware (which unfortunately not well taught in my CS architecture class), illustrate data structures and code so I can trace code way much faster. It's a book to HELP you understand the Linux kernel (or a real working kernel than those obsolete/only_avaiable_in_super_computing_center ones in the old OS textbooks). If you are already a super OS programmer or C/asm hacker you don't need this book cause you may know things faster by reading the source. You can't use this book to learn the philosophies of OS design, nor can you understand the kernel detail without actual code trace. It may not be up-to-date for a weekly-refreshing software (which book can?), but once you learn the gory details, tracing the changes is piece of cake.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: High-Speed Digital Design: A Handbook of Black Magic
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Howard Johnson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best hardware book I read in years.

Very good balance of theory and practice, nice examples from the real world, must-read for anybody designing high speed digital logic and having PCB board design in mind.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-298): Designing Security for a Microsoft Windows Server(TM) 2003 Network (Training Kit)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Roberta Bragg
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Horrible Book

This book does an atrocious job of preparing you for the 70-298 exam. There are entire topics missing and tons of wordy fluff that seem intended to merely fill pages and make this book heavy. It's practicaly worthless as an exam prep tool. Besides that, it's absolutely boring. I guarantee you won't make it past the first two chapters without snoozing. You're much better off merely browsing Microsoft TechNet for free.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network+ Training Guide
Publisher: Que
Authors: Mike Harwood, Drew Bird
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Guide to Network+

This is an excellent book in preparation for the Network+ Exam. The reading is excellent and to the point. This book defines material that is needed for the exam, plus it details further topics so that the reader doesn't get confused. I would recommend this book to anyone who is preparing to become Network+ Certified.