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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: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A great reference to get up and running quickly with HTML 4


This is a great reference to get up and running with HTML 4.0 quickly. I didn't need to know the why's, where's, and when's, just the how's and this book does that in an easy to follow manner. An inexpensive, concise, and easy to follow reference - just what I was looking for. I'd easily recommend it to anyone.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Troubleshooting, Maintaining & Repairing PCs (Troubleshooting, Maintaining & Repairing PCs)
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: Stephen J. Bigelow
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
An excellent resource for classroom or job


The chief problem with the book is the difficulty of finding a problem among the hundreds of troubleshooting symptoms that Mr. Bigelow has included throughout the text. The symptoms at a glance, pp. xxxvii - LXXVIII is weak in that it is very difficult to use it to drill down to the actual problem.
For instance, I was encountering a fatal exception error during a Windows 98 installation. There are fatal exception errors all over the "Symptoms at a Glance" but good luck finding them all! I suggest listing all the fatal exception errors together. Likewise for other problems such as keyboard, DVD or numerous components. Group them logically together!
Having said that, I love the book! With some effort, a technician can find almost any problem and solve it. Hope the next edition includes my suggestions and also Windows 2000 and Windows XP. I purchased the 5th edition in August 2001 for my class and was dissapointed that Windows 2000 or NT wasn't included in chapter 40.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Data and Computer Communications, Seventh Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: William Stallings
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Very weak and lacking better data/network books available


This book only lightly touches subjects that any begining or intermediate network engineer would need to know about. The problems at the end of each chapter ask questions that are not addressed by the author or he only touches on briefly. Therefore making the reader locate another source to answer the authors question! He is to much into signal theory (who cares how I square wave is constructed) when was the last time you got out your O-scope to check and watch the signal variations on your network. It seems that this book is just thrown together to make a quick buck. Avoid it at all cost.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Eric Meyer on CSS: Mastering the Language of Web Design
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Eric A. Meyer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Extend you capabilities


I've utilized CSS for quite a while (being an early adopter on my personal site) and had a strong grasp of the language. This book proved to be a great surprise as I learned some great tips and tricks for Cascading Style Sheets and expanded my understanding of some of the fundamental intricacies within pure CSS (as opposed to browser-mangled support).
I leant this book to a friend of mine who is familiar, though not an expert with CSS and she found it just as useful (if not more so) than I do.
This isn't a CSS manual, if you don't have a decent CSS reference, I highly recommend that you pick one up. Even better if it is by Eric too. ;)
Eric is a great source of CSS information and I hope he continues to produce such great material.