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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux in a Nutshell, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Ellen Siever, Aaron Weber
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Better than nothing, but tedious to wade through.

After spending a fair bit of time with FreeBSD and needing some information regarding Linux installations I thought this book would be a good way to speed things along. Wrong. It's not that this book is too expensive, or poorly put together, but it's little more than a cursory overview of the Linux operating system and a listing of the commands to get things done with a terminal. But even to find the commands to do simple things such as renaming files, is too time consuming to be bothered with. Simply doing a Google for the stuff you want to know is much quicker and more comprehensive.
Whole chapters are committed to such stuff as Emacs and KDE. But, yet again, there are specific websites with HTML help manuals for this, and more.
These Open Source books are pretty much a waste of paper, simply because, being Open Source, it's all available online, or in the manuals provided with the distros.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Of the thousands of books I have read, this is my favorite.

GEB is a book that changed the way I viewed the world. I believe it is one of the most staggering intellectual accomplishments of our time. It is at times a difficult book, but it rewards the determined reader again and again. GEB is not only an intellectual masterpiece but it is also a spiritual one as Hofstadter's "religion" comes through in its unique way. This is a book to savor and one to which I return constantly.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Magic Lantern Guides: Canon EOS Digital Rebel EOS 300 D (A Lark Photography Book)
Publisher: A Lark Photography Book
Authors: Rob Sheppard
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Magic Lantern Guide: Canon EOS Digital Rebel

This book was the biggest waste of money I have ever seen. It's not even as in-depth as the docutmentation and instruction material that comes with the camera. I have never been so disappointed in my life. It's a great guide if you just bought a stolen camera and don't have the original manuals.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside C#, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very good book

This book, in my humble opinion is the best book about the C# language, period.It explains well all the aspects of the C# language, with a twist, in almost all the chapters the authors delve in IL code, to show us the real work performed by the C# compiler and to really understand what is really happening and why it's happening. If you really didn't care about performance of your applications in the managed world, this book perhaps will be an eye opener for you, rest assured. For the performance lover, the authors strive many times to increase the quality of generated IL code, leading us to be much more proficient with the C# language and far more competent. This book will teach also to love the ILDASM tool, that is if you already don't love it ... it's a great teaching aid and great tool to discover eventual tricky problems.The book have a lot of code snippets to help clarify the concepts and this aspect works very well, at least for me , it reinforced well the author's explanations, so this in conjunction with the IL snippets sprayed along the entire book is definitely a KILLER teaching aid .. The authors also are constantly comparing the language and the concepts with existing technologies like COM , MFC and C++ , this helped me a lot because my background is from these technologies, for the readers that don't have this background but have some experience don't worry because you will learn well too, for the beginners the book is a bit more head-scratching because of the constant low-level and high-level switching view, but this isn't an disadvantage, be rest assured that you have a good book to learn from and that will give you solid foundations on the C# language and prepare you to use C# in real world scenarios and with greater confidence; so I recommend this book to all levels of programmers with some programming experience.I liked all the chapters, but my favourite ones were all from Advanced C# part, like Deterministic finalization and the Dispose pattern, Pinning and memory management, Using COM from C# applications, .NET components in unmanaged code, etc, but all of them offer valuable insight in all the C# language aspects. Concerning the authors, I only talked with Tom Archer, and let' me say that the author is a extremely accessible and helpful person that tries to answer any kind of question that perhaps you had any doubt about it, even when he is terribly occupied, this a great added value to this great book, so this IS NOT that kind of book in which you are left alone in the dark if that worries you.