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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon--The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Authors: Steven L. Kent
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book


I have been a video game fan/player since the Atari 2600 days, and have always wanted someone to write a book like this. Kent does a great job interviewing all the key players from every significant video game company, including Nintendo, Atari, Sega, and Sony. At 560 pages, the book encompasses every significant "VG" development, including the key technology developments, decisions, and lawsuits that shaped the market the way it is today. The book is current through 2001 so it is right up to date. Highly, highly recommended!!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The CISSP Prep Guide: Mastering the CISSP and ISSEP Exams, Second Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Ronald L. Krutz, Russell Dean Vines
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
THE book for your CISSP


This is the only book I read to review for my exam. I started reading it two weeks before the exam and passed (I did have extensive experience in the InfoSec field however). It covers each area of the test and introduces you to to ISC2's unique vocabulary (Which is perhaps the most important aspect of the test). Read it twice and you will pass the test. Save yourself some money and buy this book instead of all the recommended materials. The book is well organized and the bullleted lists corrospond to the material that you will encounter on the test. Read it and highlight it like a college text book and your highlights would be a perfect review sheet for last minute cramming



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Satisfies the need for speedy learning


There are many tasks where the largest hurdle is simply getting started. Learning how to create content for web pages is one such problem. Not only is there much to learn, but the material is changing at a very rapid rate. With this background, the proper choice of tutorial text makes all the difference between frustrated failure and frustrated success. While reading this book will not eliminate all the problems of learning web development, the task is too complex for anything to do that, it will make it possible for you to create the modern content you want. Each lesson is very short and presents only a few new points. In only one or two pages, the author makes the point with clarity. This style conforms to the reality that the best way to learn in a hurry is in a short choppy, one point after another manner. The results are displayed in pictures and the author goes to great lengths to point out the differences between Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator. While it seemed a trivial point at first, having the picture of the results side by side with the code and explanation does make it easier to understand the cause and effect. Short sections are also devoted to cascading style sheets and JavaScript. Style sheets are presented in greater depth than the JavaScript, which is really not much more than a taste. However, it is enough to impart the gist of what the language will allow you to do. As a web developer and educator who teaches web development, I am often asked to recommend material that will allow someone to learn or review HTML on their own. I teach XML, Active Server Pages and other advanced web development topics and when I encounter a motivated student who wants to learn the HTML background on their own, I suggest this book. All of the most significant features of HTML are covered in enough depth so that you will be capable of moving on to the advanced topics. Sometimes it seems that the number of books and tutorials in HTML are multiplying as fast as anything else associated with the web. Written for the beginner and right on target, this book starts the process and gets you moving at a rapid development clip rather quickly.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop Elements One-Click Wow! (3rd Edition) (One-Click Wow)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Jack Davis
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Some easy fun things...


This CD and reference are excellent. What can I add to Fred Showkers review, except to add my voice :-)
This is a quick way to produce very professional looking effects. No tacky designs here and anyone can do it. The book does however break down how some of the effects were made so you can make your own if you so desire. It also teaches you how to edit the effects if you want to.
The CD is usable for any level of user of Photoshop Elements or even in Photoshop. It's worth far more than the asking price.