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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Inmates Are Running the Asylum : Why High Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Alan Cooper
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent prelude to what will be a new design paradigm


I agree with one of the previous reviewers: those who should heed Cooper's instruction will rail against it. I am a software engineer, and I took no offense from Cooper's musings. On the contrary, it helped me recognize some of my own failings as a member of homo logicus. If you feel that engineers are not the whole problem (and they're not) at least open your mind to the possibility that we can be doing things better.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Swing, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: James Elliott, Marc Loy, David Wood, Brian Cole
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Pretty Thorough Reference


Man, has Swing grown; no wonder it took 5 authors to write this book! Anyway, they do a good job describing a very complex subject. The text is definitely more of a reference than a tutorial, but if that's what you're looking for then definitely check out this book...
*IF* you have another source for layout managers. Other reviewers have pointed this out as well. In my opinion, this topic deserves its own chapter because every time you put a component in a container you have to be aware of its layout manager. And when a dialog box gets complicated, as they are wont to do, you have layout managers dealing with each other ad infinitum - and that is precisely when you really need to understand how they work so you can make sense of what is going on when you resize something.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Assembly Language for Intel-Based Computers (4th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Kip R. Irvine
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Good but incomplete


Probably a decent real-mode reference, but VERY tied to MASM (pretty much ignored the existence of other assemblers) to the point that it implies that MASM directives are actually 386 directives.
Oh, and it DOES NOT COVER PROTECTED MODE AT ALL!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside Network Perimeter Security: The Definitive Guide to Firewalls, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), Routers, and Intrusion Detection Systems
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Stephen Northcutt, Lenny Zeltser, Scott Winters, Karen Fredrick, Ronald W. Ritchey
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Superb book


I haven't written a review in a year or longer, but I thought I should share my view of this book. I buy a ton of books, and I have just about every book concerning computer security. This book offers great coverage of a wealth of topics surrounding infosec defense. I highly recommend it.