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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Security+ Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram SYO-101)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Kirk Hausman, Diane Barrett, Martin Weiss, Ed Tittel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Used by everyone at my job -- EXCELLENT book!


While this book does a good job covering the basic topics that are covered in ComPTIAs Security+ Objectives, it does not go into enough detail about the subject matter needed to acheive a passing score on the real Security+ Exam. For final preperation I found two other books that helped me to get my Security+ Certification. They were:The Mike Myers Security+ Passport(Which was written by Trever Kay)and The Security+ Exam Guide ISBN#1584502517



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
What about some personnality?


While the writing is good and the production values utterly lavish, the maps are a disaster -- labelled with letters and numbers that don't often correspond with the legend, when there is a legend at all. More typical is the beastiary in the back: every monster has a pretty picture, but it's almost impossible to understand the icons used to show the enemies' attacks and what they're vulnerable to. Not the most practical guide, but a nice souvenir nonetheless.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Best Damn Windows Server 2003 Book Period
Publisher: Syngress
Authors: Susan Snedaker
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Rally is Best Server 2003 Book!


Susan Snedaker has written an excellent text covering almost everything you'll need to know to get and keep your Windows Server 2003 Enterprise up and running. Its called the 'Best Damn Book Period' and after reading some of the others written on the subject, I agree it is the best--especially for the non-MCSE user.
Areas covered include the usual installation/upgrade/implementation information as well as the more complex areas like Active Directory, TCP/IP infrastructure, remote access, and IIS 6.0. Included are lots of step-by step instructions for configurations and applications. The text includes profuse figures of screenshots to help illustrate what the text is talking about and tables of information for the reader's use.
Ms.Snedaker also covers troubleshooting and potential problems in each area of the server system in greater detail than most of the other books I have read on the subject. I like the pick a chapter as you need to approach, and jargonless language descriptions she uses throughout the 974 page text. You can have an IT helper on your bookshelf available 24/7. I give this title a 'must have' rating if you are running WS2003 or are even thinking of running it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop Restoration & Retouching, Second Edition
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Katrin Eismann, Doug Nelson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Black & White photographers take note!


At last, at last, someone writing a Photoshop book cares about the black & white photographer! Photoshop dosen't automatically mean color images, but most guides don't recognize that. Katrin Eismann takes you through every step of the workflow to correct, ajust, and enhance your black & white images. There is also information on various ways of adding tone or color, if that is your interest.You can't find this anywhere else, and each step is explained with great clarity and good illustrations. I am equally admiring of the chapters on color. This book is my Bible, and I pattern my workflow just as she suggests.
I would also like to mention another unique feature of Eismann's book. Many of us are out there trying to make great art that will change the world, and feeling the accompanying stress. Eismann tells you to have fun with Photoshop! It dosen't have to be high serious. You can work on your favorite snapshots of your kids, or unearth old family photos, and really make something beautiful and wonderful with them - and she will show you how. I found this very liberating, and it made me like the book even more.