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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Internet Texas Hold'em: Winning Strategies from an Internet Pro
Publisher: Dimat Enterprises Inc
Authors: Matthew Hilger
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent all around hold'em book!

When I first started playing hold'em online about six months ago I realized that if I didn't study the game I would just become another gambling statistic. Though I like poker I'm risk averse at heart, so I hit the books hard, picking up reading recommendations from the 2+2 forums. The most frequently recommended trinity of hold'em poker books to start with seem to be: Winning Low Limit HOLD'EM [WLLH] (Lee Jones), The Theory of Poker [TOP] (David Sklansky), and Hold'em Poker for Advanced Players [HPFAP] (David Sklansky/Mason Malmuth). I've been through all of these, the latter two several times as they are particularly good.
However good TOP and HPFAP are I felt there was something subtle lacking which made the advice more difficult than necessary to put into practice. Not until I stumbled upon a copy of Matthew Hilger's Internet Texas Hold'em by chance did I realize what it was: hand examples! Remember learning subjects like math? Very difficult to solidify the concepts by simply reading theorems. Most people require the repetition of doing many examples to use the theorems with any facility.
Poker is no different and the "Test Your Skills" sections at the end of each chapter in this book are worth their weight in gold. The "answers" to the examples are perfectly concise and there is no pretension that they are set in stone. You will be challenged just enough to think about each situation without feeling bogged down. For this reason Hilger's book serves as more than just another book on hold'em theory. It is "workbook" that will help you to start thinking through typical hand situations rather than simply memorizing tables of starting hands and odds. Overall, your ability to recall strategies for common hold'em situations will be much better having thought through the carefully chosen examples Hilger presents up front.
For the beginning/intermediate player (I can't really comment on expert players...yet), Hilger's is the best single book on the subject. Make no mistake, Hilger's books is comprehensive enough to take you into the tougher, higher hold'em limits and I envision coming back to it many times in the future for a refresher. In comparison, Jones' WLLH (the most often recommended introductory low-limit text) feels threadbare: very few examples, loose starting hands, and not nearly enough on post-flop play. Do yourself a favor and substitute Internet Texas Hold'em for WLLH in the trinity. You will have to do much less experimenting at the tables and will be well prepared to integrate the topics covered in HPFAP and TOP.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Human Factors Design Handbook
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
Authors: Wesley E. Woodson, Peggy Tillman, Barry Tillman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
ergonomic standard.

most everything necessary for rudimentary ergonomic evaluation in all aspects of design

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Eric Meyer on CSS: Mastering the Language of Web Design
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Eric A. Meyer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Real world CSS and great design made simple

Last year, I watched "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and I was amazed at the swordsmanship on display. Swords were no longer weapons, but extensions of arms - as if they were new appendages grown especially for the task. Eric Meyer can wield CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) in just the same way as those actors could wield swords. His level of understanding is exceptional and is only matched by perhaps half a dozen others.
What sets Eric apart from others is his ability to convey his magic to almost anyone. Authors with a decent knowledge of HTML will be completely comfortable with this book. Eric demonstrates how to take exsiting designs and make them look professional and sophisticated, without resorting to bloated markup packed with font tags and spacer images.
I got "Eric Meyer on CSS" for Christmas and spent much of the Christmas period reading it. I tackled the whole book initially without using a computer. Eric's writing style is conversational and amusing, putting the reader at ease immediately. I could follow each project without difficulty, eyes widening with every page. I am already pretty good at using CSS, but with each page I learned more. After finishing it, I went back and worked through the book with the computer, following each example and going through the various end-of-chapter experiments. Gaps in my knowledge were filled in and my understanding grew with each project.
Having finished the book completely, I am eager to begin experimenting on my own projects. "Eric Meyer on CSS" has left me excited about what can be achieved and I strongly recommend it to those that want to further enhance any existing knowledge of basic CSS.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PowerPoint 2000 for Windows for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Doug Lowe
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great resource for a panicked novice!

I am an experienced Mac print designer, but I was thrown for a loop when I had to design a truckload of presentation graphics for another client using a laptop pc and Windows. In a panic, I bought this book, and it literally saved the day. Not only did it guide me through the entire creative process, it helped me with file management and shortcuts, all in an entertaining, concise manner. Unlike most tutorials, it didn't make me "glaze over" and fall asleep! My only quibble: it's a bit difficult to find things in the index, but maybe I'm relying on Macintosh vocabulary instead of Windows jargon.