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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book


In my work with designing web designs, I rate this book as the best. If I had to keep only one book on web design, this would be it. This is a classic in every sense of the word.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Real 802.11 Security: Wi-Fi Protected Access and 802.11i
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Jon Edney, William A. Arbaugh
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
For serious understanding of 802.11 security issues


This is the most comprehensive book on the issues of 802.11 security I have found to date. Most books simply reiterate the basics of wireless security architecture and then spend a chapter or two on the hacking tools for locating networks and defeating WEP. Edney and Arbaugh start with the basic insecurities, and then build on the explanation layer after layer from the overview to the cryptography and its implementation. You as the reader decide how deep your understanding needs to go.
This book covers WEP, WPA and 802.11i in detail. As its title suggests, it is focused on the issues of security so don't expect a general treatment of Wireless Architecture in addition. This is the most definitive book I have seen about the exposures of the security mechanisms themselves, but you will need a volume that covers site survey and architecture to appreciate all of the issues involved in 802.11 I found chapter on Security Principals especially accessible reading for those new to the Infosec field.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram 220-221, Exam Cram 220-222)
Publisher: Que
Authors: James G. Jones, Craig Landes
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Blah! Blah! Blah!


This is a great book and contains useful information, provided you have a background in computers. I have found numerous errors in charts and tables and in the text. I had to verify a few of the information in this book with other books. If you're wanting to refresh your memory, this is a good book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Csound Book: Perspectives in Software Synthesis, Sound Design, Signal Processing,and Programming
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors:
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Too long a wait? too many expectation?


I have been subscribed to the csound mailing (on and off) list for 4 years now. All the topic of the book have been discussed at full length and sometimes even more thouroghly on the mailing list. This book was awaited for 2 years now and most of us thought it would never see the light. I am not impressed, Boulanger chapter, the main tutorial, is all over the place, it might waste time explaining what an envelope is and just fly over the FOSCIL oscillator, i.e. you cannot read this book away from your computer (you will need the reference to CSOUND which is not included in the book). The other chapters do a better job, even if there is a lot of crosstalk across chapters (granular synthesis is presented in several chapters, and some repeat the same material over and over). I find remarkably clear the chapters of Ffitch about the internal workings of CSOUND.
The CD ROM. Never seen content so badly organized, half of it is a download of the CSOUND page at MIT press... the main cdrom has even the ad page for the imminent release of the book (which supposedly you are already reading). The content is layed out very badly, the navigation is atrocious. It is nice to have most of the scores rendered as audio file, however the choice of the format is unfortunate (quick time MOV) and you can hear compression artifacts in the audio samples (why not use a more down to earth MP3 which is not proprietary and it is still cross platform?)
To wrap up, this is an "advanced topics in CSOUND" and not a book for everybody. CSOUND culture is for hackers, if you're one of them you'll benefit immensely from this book.