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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Windows XP Professional
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Mark Minasi
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Doesn't answer the important questions.

I was extremely disappointed with this book. (Too bad we can't give a zero star rating.) Every time that I looked for answers I found only trivia.
For example, I wanted to know how to serve a web site using IIS. There is nothing "mastering" or even hintful about this process in the book.
If you never heard of Windows before, then maybe this could be helpful, but if you've used it for a while, then you will be as angry as I was when you see the trivial depth that this publisher calls "mastering". It is simply an untrue adjective in this case.
I guess this is what we get when the first wave of junk hits the market about a relatively new product.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How Computers Work, Seventh Edition
Publisher: Que
Authors: Ron White, Timothy Edward Downs
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Leave "Computer Clueless" status behind...

with this book. You want a fun, entertaining introduction to computers? Get this book. The excellent pictures and diagrams clearly explain how all that hardware and software interacts in plain english. This book is good enough it can actually be a great aid in studying for A+ certification. I've met a lot of supposed "techs" who could actually gain something by reading it. When I took it to work people would laugh - until I handed it to them and they started reading. They quit laughing and many of them quickly aquired their own copy soon after.
It won't make you a computer guru. If that is your eventual goal you'll need other books. But everyone has to start somewhere and this book can make the process more understandable and enjoyable. The cd is fun to watch and is yet another way to continue learning. For those who own Macs there is a Mac version of this book that is every bit as understandable and fun to read.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide (O'Reilly Networking)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Matthew Gast, Matthew S. Gast
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
The best reference in this field till now

It is organized well according to the IEEE 802.11 version of 1999. The concept of WLAN is clarified clearly.But the content of 802.11a seems lacking for a better understanding. Several chapters introducing the products from vendors are useless to me. I hope the next edition will give more description on 802.11a, 11e and 11g.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCAD/MCSD Self-Paced Training Kit: Developing Web Applications with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual C# .NET, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Jeff Webb, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
As BAD as it possibly can be!

it assumes you dont know anything, and it does not teach you anything. Many times it tells you how, but not why, so you end up following instructions and you hardly know what you are doing.

In many respects I find this book very offensive and would not recommend it to ANYONE. Some of the reasons:

* I think it is enough to say once that you need to import a namespace into you code in order to use it. Jeff repeats the following code so many times that it becomes annoying:

Visual Basic.NET
Imports System...

Visual C#
using System...

* Jeff repeats the same code even when it is identical in VB.NET and C#. Excellent way to have many pages - who cares whats in.

* Jeff lacks rigour in every respect. Not only does he not teach you the whys, but anyone who knows C# would see that his code is very inefficient and frankly, ppl in my company would be fired for such stuff.

very poor work and I regret for buying this stuff...