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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux Administration Handbook
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Evi Nemeth, Garth Snyder, Trent R. Hein
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
make clean; make index correct

I frequently refer to this book and have found it very useful and informative on just about every subject that is Linux. I would have given it 5 stars except that the index of the book is broken. I use the index of reference books, like all other admins, to quickly find the page of the subject for that I am looking. The page numbers that are referenced in the index are incorrect. This is VERY frustrating! This book shouldn't be the only Linux book on your shelf, but I do recommend having it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Solaris 10 : The Complete Reference (Complete Reference Series)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Paul Watters
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Outstanding! The only book in town (literally)...

I would give this book 5 stars because it is the only book which has consistently covered Solaris throughout its previous releases. This book gives a very sold introduction to all of the Solaris core topics like networking, security (VERY EXTENSIVE COVERAGE), process models and so forth. It avoids the current marketing hype over Sun's "pretend" grid technology (the Solaris "grid" is NOT the same as Globus). Keep up the good work to the author I say.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Introduction to Data Compression, Second Edition
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Khalid Sayood
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
"The" Definitive Guide

Amazon claims that this is "the definitive guide". I have to agree with them because this book is the only broad grey pages introduction to data compression that I have been able to find, and it is very well written.
If you are only casually interested in data compression this book is not for you.
If you are interested in adding compression to your application and your data falls into a common category, sound, video, text ect this book is probably not for you. You should look to the open source community or buy an off the shelf product.
But if your data is odd or unique like say telemtry data (I'm sure there are other examples I just can't think of any) and you need to design a compression scheme for your data this book is "the only" book for you.
If you want to begin research into data compression and you are a newbie this book is a must have.

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
Quite Possibly a canidate for the New Testament of HTML

Elizabeth Castro is on of the world's most gifted instructors/writers of HTML...this is the second book I have purchased by her on HTML and I learned just as much the second time around as the first. Nothing about this book is long winded or too complex for the individual just starting out with HTML. I use excepts from HTML 4 as an instruction tool for classes that I myself teach. I have seen the 800 page collectives of HTML goo goo that leave anyone new to the process feeling frustrated and lost....but after completing this book not only will you be able to code your website but you will also have a strong foundation in the world of web design....this is quite simply the best HTML manual on the planet bar none. Good Job again...and thanks S. McCoy