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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside Com (Microsoft Programming Series)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Dale Rogerson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent introduction for Microsoft'sComponent Object Model

By far the best book I've read on COM to date. Make it easy to learn and use. The examples are good and can be used to build your own components on. This book is a much better start for learning this technology than Inside OLE (good book, but confusing if you haven't read this one). A definite book to have in your collection if you're a Windows programmer.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: When Things Start to Think
Publisher: Owl Books
Authors: Gershenfeld Neil
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Did I Miss Something?

It's hard to provide a real expectation with a book like this. It's touching a very interesting subject and yet, it cannot really go in full technical details on how to do it. My personal expectations on this book were about looking at technology by hard technology fan rather than money-driven projects or from consultants.
This book, though a bit of simple light read, will show current and upcoming technologies in a raw science form; why & simple how those master scientists are creating outstanding technology by first having fun and at looking at simple problems.
Want to get a feel about the possible next eBook? It will explain how this could happen. Want to see what a computer chip in your shoe could give to you? You will read the why.
It was a delight to see that there are masterminds behind the annoying fact that computers are dumb. too dumb. The potential to make them live and help the humanity is there and When Things Start to Think is trying to convey that is a simple & easy read for a broad audience.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Writing Secure Code, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Michael Howard, David C. LeBlanc
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Pretty good...

This book was prety good. I liked it less after thinking about some of the reviews here. One reviewer has a good point that this is not a book for the hardcore coder. It is more about high-level how to secure-it stuff. Still, I thought the other reviewer had a good point too about SSL. I didn't think about it until after i finished the book, but the topic wasn't covered at all. Is it really something where there are no pitfalls to using it? It's okay not to tell me about the API, but even if SSL doesn't have any problems, i would have at least liked to hear "use this, it will secure all your network connections, then you won't have to worry about any network attacks" or something like that.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Backup Book: Disaster Recovery from Desktop to Data Center
Publisher: Schaser-Vartan Books
Authors: E. L. Heiberger, Karsten Koop
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
everything you need for backup concepts

this book should be named Backup Bible because it covers everything. I give it 4 star because it covers too much basic concepts and stuff that people should already know before you become a backup operator.