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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Direct from Dell: Strategies that Revolutionized an Industry
Publisher: HarperBusiness
Authors: Michael Dell, Catherine Fredman
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
At least it's 30% off the cover price


Granted Dell is one of the greatest success stories in computing history, however, chapter after chapter the same things were repeated over and over. After the first couple of chapters you can put the book down - there's nothing notable from then on.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Book of Postfix: State-of-the-Art Message Transport
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Ralf Hildebrandt, Patrick Koetter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Probably best Book of 2005 (12 out of 10 possible stars)


O.K, finally the book arrived after waiting what I believe must have been nearly a year by now.

In the above mentioned book Patrick Koetter and Ralf Hildebrandt are walking you through the basic setup options and everyday scenarios a typical administrator will come across.

I have been setting up postfix not the first time. I understand that Patrick
and Ralf are doing an outstanding job taking the reader by the hand. I dont
want to push it, but they almost make it look like configuring postfix is a walk on a spring sundays shiny, sunny afternoon.

The book basically pays for itself within a couple of days, especially
taking into account the research time you would need to carefully find out the many details which are hidden in the book. This book gives you the best "Bang for the buck". Short precise descriptions, lots of tips and tricks all the way along and tutorials for far more scenarios than I could have imagined.

When I did the setup for a postfix server the first time without the book (80
user accounts + multiple domains + anti virus + anti spam + pop-before-smtp +
sasl + etc.) it took me not less than a month and a whole lot of headcaches and long overtimes.

Those issues are gone. If I would have had the book at that time,
that alone could have saved me at least 2 weeks.

"The book of postfix" is an excellent wholesight INTRODUCTION for mail server
administrators. The book contains more scenarios than the average joe sysadmin can imagine. ALL are thoroughly described.

After the first 50 pages (Chapter 1-5) you will be able to setup a basic
single domain mail server (network based or dial up version), and on top of
that, have a clear understanding what each of the 20+ processes of postfix are
doing. That alone is a sensation itself, knowing the complexity of the topic
mail server !!

The Chapters 6-12 are focused completely on contents control. After a short
intro to the message components (Messenger, Envelope, Header, Body and
Attachments) in Chapter 6 Patrick and Ralf have assigning not less than 2
separate chapters (each) for Restrictions, Checks and Filters.

The first chapter always describes the complex theory behind it and the second
chapter follows up with practical samples. Its like you have your own
personal instructor right next to you.

Ralf and Patrick walk you through the necessary tasks all the way. They
spotted the most typical mistakes and severe points to watch out for and
mention them in a short note.

What makes the book also very appealing is the simple fact that it is VERY
compact, considering the many tips and tricks which would take you normally
years to get to that experienced level.

The descriptions are kept short and straight to the point. Every single page
contains so many thoroughly researched details. In fact the book is so cram packed with information, that I remember that at some point I ended up having marked most of the page. ;-)

This book  is easily worth 5 times the price, considering the time saving
factor it will give you at your daily work.

What I havent mentioned yet is that the book also includes many setup
scenarios for advanced users (Chapters13 -22) like Mail gateways, Multi DNS
setups, SMTP authentication, Security, Chroot, Tuning and a very big chapter
which summarises the setup procedure for a complete mail system (including
SASL Courier maildrop + Lmap , LDAP etc. )

The appendix completes the book with installation instructions,
Troubleshooting checklists, a Glossary and finally with a

very detailed 16 page index !!

at the end which contains any keyword I could possibly think of.

The cream would have been if they would have included something that I would
like to call a detachable "Installation & troubleshotting cheat sheet".

So far this is the best mail server book which I came across. I wouldnt be to
surprised if it is nominated as the "Best book in 2005" or if your favourite
bookstore doesnt have it anymore as the waiting list is probably a long one.

For now and the near future I make sure its close to wherever I am to make the
most use of it.

If I remember correctly, I ordered the book more than 1 year ago. Let me tell
you that it was worth to wait for it, all the way.

Thanks to Ralf and Patrick for a first class mail server administration book.

I instantly hope that Patrick and Ralf will find the time to write a second
book for advanced user scenarios.


Summary for Book of Postfix :

"The Book of Postfix" from Patrick Koetter and Ralf Hildebrandt could easily
be named "Book of 101+ Postfix Tutorials". The carefully prepared "lessons"
serve perfectly to study and understand any of the 20+ single postfix processes itself, as well as the over all system functions of Postfix.

Sooo, to sum it all up in one sentence, this book is for those

- who have only one life,
- or those whose wife is complaining that you never have enough time for her
- or those whose boss or manager shouts, that (again) you are to slow setting up the mail server
- besides the fact that you have the pressure to make sure
that the server is secure, reliable and 100% correctly setup.

If any of the above points apply to you than you will find that this book is your best friend for a long time to come.



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
Not too bad - I passed


I have been doing computer security work for about 5 years now. I used this book, the Exam Cram (which I did not like) and on-line tests to help me prepare. The book could have been better if it had more questions and perhaps a CD to go with it. All in all it was not too bad but I spent an entire day, the day before the exam, going over this book cover to cover. I believe that it put me in the right frame of mind. If you find yourself shakey on any of the 10 Domains, spend extra time on them. I decided that if I could not get 80% or better on an exam for a domain it was time to re-read the chapter.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Seize the Work Day: Using the Tablet PC to Take Total Control of Your Work and Meeting Day
Publisher: New Academy Publishing
Authors: Michael Linenberger
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best Tablet resource out there....


If you really want to get more out of your Tablet, or are contemplating buying one and want to know how it can help you -- buy this book!
This is not just a click here, do that book, it is all about applying the Tablet PC to your daily work and changing your processes to be more efficient with this great new tool. Mr. Linenberger has lots of executive level experience, and it shows in his explanations of common challenges everyone faces in a day to day work setting.
Get this one -- you'll be glad you did.