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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Structured Computer Organization (4th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Andrew S. Tanenbaum
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Very Technical. Okay for entry level course


The text was required for a first year graduate course. A pretty dry read. The chapter exercises were challenging, but they required additional sources on my part (not enough info. in the book) to answer the questions. Most times I had to thoroughly reread sections to even begin to understand some of the material. Not bad, but definitely needed the blanks filled in by the instructor.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: IT Systems Management: Designing, Implementing, and Managing World-Class Infrastructures
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Rich Schiesser
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Valuable Book


This is a worth reading book for IT Managers, ITO Managers, Technical Managers, Infrastructure Managers, specially who are new to it.It is written in a smooth style, with logic supporting every word of it.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Building Secure Software: How to Avoid Security Problems the Right Way
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: John Viega, Gary McGraw
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
McGraw/Viega


This book is excellent! Are you getting tired of a constant flood of security holes in important software? This book, written by 2 of the industry's leading experts, is all about how to avoid making the mistakes that cause security holes. It's very timely and I highly recommend it to anyone who's coding Internet apps!
mjr.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Starting an eBay Business for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Marsha Collier
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
In the immortal words of Dave Thomas -- Where's the Beef?!


Trying to be positive, the best thing about this book is the exposure to some useful areas of concern and companies that I didn't know existed to serve eBay sellers (such as auction management sites and software, as well as the names of several payment service vendors). That, and the occasional nugget of useful information. When I bought this book, I thought that Marsha Collier was going to reveal some powerful secrets behind eBay business success. Instead what I found was a high level overview of the various aspects of starting a business and of the eBay site. Even though she states upfront that the book is for people who already are familiar with eBay, at least 50% of the book details eBay services and options -- nothing that you can't easily discover from eBay online help for free. Why didn't she just recommend her other book, "eBay for Dummies" for that stuff! Also, several of the "Tips" that she gave online were pretty much common sense. Coming from a marketing background, I had hoped that she would apply some serious marketing strategies to selling online and share useful marketing statistics. I guess that was asking too much from a book geared for "dummies." Even worse, I felt that Marsha was often trying to sell her secrets and promote her own website rather than really help readers. An example is the "Ebay Sellers Lighting Kit" which Marsha will be happy to sell you (don't waste your money -- build it yourself)! This reader definitely got tired of the self-promotion and commercial feel of the book.