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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Non-Designer's Design Book, Second Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Robin Williams
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I couldn't put this book down

I have a degree in art, produce a newsletter and do layout for newspaper ads, and I still found plenty of interesting and useful information on almost every page of this little book, even though it's intended for novices. (Maybe I'm a bit slow!) I especially enjoyed the author's cataloging of typefaces and discussions on how they can be combined. A refresher on "rules" of design was a welcome review. I read it from cover to cover and took notes at the same time.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: eBay(TM) Strategies : 10 Proven Methods to Maximize Your eBay Business
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Scot Wingo
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Reality Check for your business.

This book is not for the light hearted. It truly will tell you what you are doing right(and that wont be much) and what you do wrong. I had no idea where I was in my business until I read this book. Truly a slap in the face and a wakeup call. Ths is a must have book if you are serious about your eBay business. Worth 100x's the price and more. If you are looking for a candy coated Amway rah rah on how great your doing on eBay, this is not for you. After reading this book, I see exactly what we have done wrong for the last 2 years, and we see how far we have to go to be a "real business". This is like a full time business consultant on staff for less than the price of a decent lunch. Get it now..! Way to go Scot.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The GRE Test for Dummies, Fifth Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Suzee Vlk
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Okay for dummies, but not the rest of us.

Vlk does use a lot of humor which makes studying less painfull, but unfortunately it doesn't make up for the rest of the book. I used this book faithfully several months before taking the GRE and in the end did poorly. She encourages you to rush through the test, guessing if you can't come up with the answer in a short amount of time. Its much better to keep your eye on the clock as you go through the test and try to use all the time they give you, since if you finish early you can't go back. Since the GRE is only given on a computer now, doesn't it make more sense to study it on a computer? Her roots, prefixes, and suffixes is a good idea, but you need to couple it with learning the kind of words on the GRE, especially when knowing what just part of the word means isn't helpfull. I had much better results studying with a computer program, in my case the Princeton Review.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Computer Organization and Design Second Edition : The Hardware/Software Interface
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: David A. Patterson, John L. Hennessy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Practical, nice layout, a wealth of information

This book kicks butt. It's got everything most programmers could possibly want to know about how the machine underneath works, and more.
It covers circuit logic, hardware arithmetic, how a processor works . . . It answered all of my "I wonder how that happens in the machine" questions.
However, I doubt you'd really want to read it unless you're in a computer architecture class. I don't even mind the ridiculous price; it's one of the few textbooks I feel is worth it.