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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual
Publisher: Pogue Press
Authors: David Pogue
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5

"Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual" provides a smooth adjustment path for anyone who intends to explore Mac's new environment. This book is a portable classic, whose pages manifested all those qualities found in the 'Missing Manual' series.Apart from the detailed explanations on how to settle-down in the new Mac environment, this book provided comprehensive coverage: as it concerned all the supportive Mac staples. These extensive discussions include: Quicken for Mac, Mac's Microsoft Office, Filemaker for Mac, Photoshop, and so on.Also discussed were all the important facts (and features) regarding networking and peripheral configurations. This text is by every means, a reliable introductory to the Mac arena. Traditional Windows users, who seek a Mac adventure, would have a lot to gain from it. But, complementing its efforts with that of an established Mac text would yield better result. In this case, I would suggest either "Mac OS X: The Missing Manual" or "Mac OS X: In A Nutshell".

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Danny Goodman
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Good Reference

I own Danny Goodman's JavaScript Handbook from circa 1996. That has nothing to do with this review other than to say this guy has been doing this stuff for a long time. This is a great reference book to have handy and has good examples of each tag, element, or keyword in HTML, DOM, CSS, and JavaScript.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: As the Future Catches You: How Genomics & Other Forces Are Changing Your Life, Work, Health & Wealth
Publisher: Crown Business
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Languages of science must be learned to stay ahead

With a blend of lightweight prose, interesting statistics, and the ability to draw important conclusions from our current state of technology and science, Juan Enriquez delivers a book that you'll read in one sitting. As part of a team of scientists and software engineers that is building a genomic knowledge base, I completely agree that the unraveling of DNA sequences and the functions that each of the genes and proteins are coded for will forever change our future.
The author illustrates key changes in human history as being brought on by the introduction of a new language and makes the point the digital technology is really the language of zeros and ones and that our life sciences will be written in a language of 4 characters.
I was happy to see the author tackle the social impacts brought on by the rapid march of technology. He's keenly aware of the digital divide in the standard of living between countries that are harnessing and growing their technology skills and those that are not. The point is clearly hammered home when you see the large gap in the number of patents issues by a country like Mexico versus the United States. The situation is not being helped by many of the brightest minds leaving their lesser-developed homelands for greater financial rewards in the United States. The book offers up some obvious solutions for addressing the global divide in technology, but not at length. In all, the book serves as an excellent appetizer for getting a taste of our future direction.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP Project Management Professional Study Guide (Certification Press)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Joseph Phillips
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great study aid to help in studying for the PMP exam!

I limited myself to buying on one study book for the PMP exam (in conjunction with the PMBOK). At a local bookstore I compared this book with Rita Mulcahy's book and several others. I found Joseph Phillips book to be the most to my liking. I was impressed with the "exam tips" that were buried throughout the book to point out important info. I took the PMP exam today and passed on my first try. The format of the exam and the questions on it were very similar to those exam questions in this book and on the free cd. This book helped explain many concepts to me that I felt the PMBOK did an inadequate job of doing. My biggest complaint with the PMBOK is that it doesn't dedicate any time to explaining concepts or stressing their importance. I would STRONGLY recommend this book to anyone looking for a study aid for the PMP.