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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Resource Kit
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

Microsoft - to some a four letter word, to others a savior of the computer software industry. Either way, if you need to work with Microsoft's OS's then this is a must have. Besides the great resource kit utilities we have all come to know and love, the book is a must have for the level 2 support people in any organization.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Usability Engineering Lifecycle: A Practitioner's Handbook for User Interface Design
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Deborah J. Mayhew
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A very useful, usable, and informative book

A great book for every Usability practitioner. Not only did I find the content of this book very informative and very useful, but in particular I liked the structure of the book and found it extremely usable. Each chapter contains context information at the beginning of the chapter, an out line of the chapter, summary notes on the side bar for quick review, sample techniques and forms, war stories, estimation of resources required to complete each step, etc This structure makes the book one of the most usable books I have ever used, and therefore one of the most useful companion in designing the user interface.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows with C# (Core Reference)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Charles Petzold
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5

I'm not sure why I've seen so many good reviews for this book.......I see it as 1200+ pages of wasted paper. Microsoft recommends this book as study material for their exam? Rest assured..... this book doesn't cover anything but drawing pretty little circles, lines, text, and who could forget the cute little spiral, lol! This book contains a lot of useless information regarding the many, let me emphasize that MANYMANYMANY ways of drawing shapes.Unless you plan on writing applications that produce arrays of wonderful shapes on your screen, this book is not for you! Take the time to head down to your local book store and review the content before wasting your money.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Operating System Concepts
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Abraham Silberschatz, Greg Gagne, Peter Baer Galvin
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Much better than Tanenbaum's book

I used this book to teach an OS course to computer engineers at a 4-yr university. The course worked out well and the students liked the book. I made the mistake of using Tanenbaum's book as a reference, and got burned _twice_ by blatent errors in his book. The only problem with this book is that it covers some really esoteric subjects (i.e. theoretical deadlock detection algorithms) that never get any practical use.
In summary, * Tanenbaum: wanders a lot, many errors * Stallings: too dry for most people * Silberschatz: the best of the bunch !!