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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Applied Cryptography: Protocols, Algorithms, and Source Code in C, Second Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Bruce Schneier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best cryptography book I have ever read


As a computer science student this book is the best Computer science book I've ever read. It's a comprehensive encyclopedia of all major algorithms. This book teaches you how safe the alg. really are. Recommended !



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential System Administration, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Æleen Frisch
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Essential System Administration


The main reason I picked up this book was because of the small price tag. Everything is explained fairly well, and it is perfect for beginners in the genre. My only gripe is that some sections seem to be unfairly balanced in content (and yes I do know it is a "nutshell"). Anyway, if you are a beginner at UNIX and have (the money) to spare, this is the book for you!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Perl Cookbook, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Tom Christiansen, Nathan Torkington
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
great book - fills in all the gaps, and educational


Yep, definitely the best Perl book; maybe even the best O'Reilly book. I made quantum leaps in my grasp of Perl after buying this one. You might suspect it would just give you code to use for specific tasks, but the discussions included with each recipe really flesh it out - so you actually learn concepts from the book. Start out with "Learning Perl" though - this is not really a book for a complete novice.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Weblog Handbook: Practical Advice on Creating and Maintaining Your Blog
Publisher: Perseus Books Group
Authors: Rebecca Blood
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Useful and Charming


This is a very useful guide to weblogs: how to start one, how to grow an audience, how to deal with angry email, and how to move up in technical sophistication. There's also a lot of well-put advice on etiquette, protecting your privacy, and otherwise flourishing in the blogosphere, along with some historical background that most journalistic accounts of weblogging have missed. It's very well written, and the author's personality comes through in a very engaging fashion. Highly recommended.