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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Illustrator CS Killer Tips (Killer Tips)
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Dave Cross
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5

I bought this book based on the wonderful customer reviews and was very disappointed. Most of the items can be easily found by anyone exploring the menu bar or palette options. In my opinion such things don't qualify as "hidden secrets," as the cover claims.

I did find one tip that I use (a keyboard command to reset the horizontal scale of type to 100%). It saves me, oh, a minute a month or so. At that rate the book will pay for itself in five years!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Unix Network Programming, Vol. 1: The Sockets Networking API, Third Edition
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: W. Richard Stevens, Bill Fenner, Andrew M. Rudoff, Richard W. Stevens
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A New Classic

This will become the new classic of Unix Network Programming. When I first heard that there was a new edition, I was afraid that the classic would be destroyed. Although it is quite different and much of it has been done by "et al", it turns out to be quite good.
Initially I did a quick scan and immediately saw some things missing (like FTP). However, after reading the book and realizing how infrequently I had referenced the missing parts in the first book, I was much happier. With the additional IPv6 information and newer technologies, this more than made up for the deletions (from volume one).
The text is easy to read and flows logically. What really impressed me was the depth of the expertise. For me, there had been some stumbling blocks in TCP and UDP development early on (especially nuances of UDP) that took a fair amount of time to figure out. I was pleasantly surprised to see many of those difficulties laid out cleanly for anyone to figure out in a matter of minutes. That alone is worth the price of the book.
The index is extensive and helpful. The questions at the end of each chapter are limited, but enough to be useful in a college course.
The printing is high quality. The paper is high quality (thin, but strong so that the 1000 page book is not huge or heavy). The printing takes up much of the page (i.e., not two-inch borders like some books). The binding lies flat without separating the pages. Definitely a quality printing.
Yes, a new classic.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows 98 for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Andy Rathbone
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good resource

This book does a good job of giving some good basic information about Windows 98, although I did find errors. I bought this book and Patrick Neal's Windows 98:Exam 70-098 (Accelerated MCSE from McGraw-Hill.) Either book is quite readable, however, as an MCT, I'm recommending Neal's Windows 98 book to both my students and my friends because it's just as readable as this one, as well as giving a thorough, and basic explanation of Windows 98 functions in the scheme of computer networks. Both this book and Neals' can be read by the novice as well as the professional. I'm rcommending this book to my friends who want a more light-hearted read about Windows 98.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CCNA Exam Exam 2 (Exam Cram 640-821, 640-811, 640-801), 1/e
Publisher: Que
Authors: James Jones, Sheldon Barry
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An Intelligent Droid Reviews!

Well if R2D2 had properly read and therefore reviewed this book he would have discovered that:1) It covers 3 exams.2) One of the exams is slightly more complicated than Network+ and is 50% of the CCNA Certification.3) That the other half of the CCNA qualification covers thru to specific Cisco related matters.
The book helps you either with the two stage approach to the CCNA Certification or the single exam. Which ever way yo go to get your certification it covers both avenues.
Unless of course you are C3PO whom does not need to read or properly think what the book actually covers which is a bit of a pity since it tells you on the cover. Doh!