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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram 220-221, Exam Cram 220-222)
Publisher: Que
Authors: James G. Jones, Craig Landes
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
From the Authors


The A+ exam attempts to test everything about PCs, all operating systems from DOS through Win XP, and basic setup information regarding networks. To teach all this information in a single book would require at least a thousand pages, and more likely a two-volume set upwards of 1500 pages or more. What we've chosen to do is to produce a real cram book for last-minute review. The inclusion of Windows XP, networking, and all the troubleshooting, meant reducing some of the teaching we were able to include in earlier editions, back when the latest OS was Windows 95.
Again: This book is meant as a cram book, not to be the only study source you'll ever need to pass the exam! Other books on the market focus on every question you'll encounter, then provide the correct answers for you to memorize. But none of those books provide much of a context for how all the technology fits together. We've found that having such a context is a great help when it comes to recalling information in the actual exam room.
Various reviews here show that the A+ Exam Cram 2, Second Edition is insufficient as a single, standalone book for passing the exam. This is true, and we intended it that way! But as a final review, when you've had the hands-on experience with computers and operating systems, we think there's no better book on the market. It's a "reality check" to help you ease up on some of the anxiety and pressure.
We're always interested in making the best book possible, and the first printing is under review for typos or minor errors. Que Certification maintains an errata Web site, and we expect to correct existing typos until the book is a clean as we can make it.
As many readers have said, here and elsewhere, this book will give you the underlying explanations of how PCs work, and point out the real "gotchas" you're likely to encounter on the exam. Use it to pull together all the details of IRQs, speeds, chipsets, and so on that you have to remember. The book is primarily designed to build a framework in your mind for better recall during the actual exam, without all the sweat and anxiety of using rote memory.
We've also included a lot of strategies for figuring out correct responses when you're not sure of the answer. The Exam Cram series doesn't intend to provide hundreds of sample questions. Rather, it's designed to give you a single practice test, as close to the real exam as possible. However, Que has included an addtional CDROM with many additional practice questions.
No other book gives you help where it comes to figuring out the psychology behind creating questions. This book gives you that kind of help, and also helps you to make sense out of the massive amount of information you've learned. We highlight what you'll be tested on as a way for you to prioritize what you should remember.
Most A+ preparation books are just that: preparation. Only the Exam Cram series is designed to summarize all that preparation into a unified whole, before you go in to take the exam.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network Security Assessment
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chris McNab
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Confessions of a former script kiddie


This book can serve as both a great introduction and referenceto network auditing/penetration testing methodologies. Itpresents an overview over a broad range of information security,from many detailed and thorough methods of remote networkreconnaissance to testing server security, and goes beyondby teaching a deep understanding of network exploits and theircommon attack patterns, using examples of serious existingexploits and expert instructions for source code auditing,by showing how to detect and exploit known points ofvulnerability in programs. I enjoyed the detail level ofthis book versus other "hacking" books, and the comprehensive,systematic categorization of scanning and attack methods.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Embedded Systems in C and C ++
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Michael Barr
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book for Beginners


If you are new to the world of embedded systems, this the way to go. This book explains the fundas very neatly. A little more stress on the hardware part would have made the book even better.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Creating Web Pages for Dummies, Sixth Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Bud E. Smith, Arthur Bebak, Bud Bud Smith, Arthur Bebak
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good Book


This book is ideal for someone who wants to make a simple web site and not have to get into the gory details of HTML. It tells you some good places to find site builders, but it teaches you the basics of HTML for customization. If you are looking to build professional sites, I would get HTML 4 For Dummies, also by IDG Books, which goes into the more advanced HTML.