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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: iPod & iTunes: Missing Manual, Second Edition
Publisher: Pogue Press
Authors: J.D. Biersdorfer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Gotta get it!

The iPod is the best personal music player available. Its ease of use, and enormous storage capability, are possible because of the software written for the device, the iTunes utility, and to the fact that the iPod is basically a portable hard drive. This valuable 350 page how-to book will guide both new users and experienced hacks to utilize the capabilities of the iPod, as well as the iTunes utility, to the maximum. This is not a supplemental manual. It is a stand-alone reference that will walk the reader through the basics of the iPod and iTunes. It will also, in simple language and clear graphics, explain how to utilize iPod as a PDA, a data storage unit, and even a recording device. The author, very thoughtfully, provides not only thorough coverage of topic for Mac-only users, but also includes detailed guidance for Windows users as well as Mac OS 9 users. For Windows users, utilities that can be linked with the iPod are explained as clearly as Mac utilities. And as important as explaining what various capabilities are, describing the limitations to each utility are often just as detailed. There are generous amounts of figures and other graphics for both Mac and Windows utilities. What I particularly liked about many of the the illustrations was that layered windows, and menus for several steps, were shown in a single figure. This makes it even easier for "visual" learners to master the instructions. Perhaps the part of the book I was most pleased to find was in the appendix. For both iTunes and Music Match Jukebox Plus, every menu (dozens of them) are explained in detail. I think this is essential for novice users to have this kind of guidance, and I have not found it in other manuals and "how to" books. Disappointments were few and minor. Though I suspect there are no substantial differences with using the iPod Mini, I would have liked to have this stated one way or the other. Also, I would like to have been instructed in how I could have set up a separate iTunes account on my Mac, so others who use my computer would find it easier to download only their music into their own iPod. Finally, marker tabs on the side of the book may make it easier to find chapters more quickly. These, though, pale in comparison to the benefits of buying this "must have" book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering Windows Server 2003
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Christa Anderson, Michele Beveridge, C. A. Callahan, Lisa Justice
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
2003 Server - the easy way

If you're in IT, you've shelled out more than a few dollars on manuals... and know that many aren't worth the investment. I researched the Windows 2003 documentation issue carefully before getting this manual, and it is by far the most comprehensive guide on the subject I've seen to date.
Contrary to the opinions of the handful of distractors posting here, this book is concise, and the sections CAN EASILY be used on a stand alone basis. To wit, I first opened the book to the topics I was interested in, had my web sites up in 5 minutes (and picked up some VERY useful info about the limitations of Host Headers), and remote desktop administration configured and up in under 1 minute... and now I've decided to go back and read the introduction, lol. I am unaware of any other manual on the subject that makes things so simple, or covers in detail so many features of the software.
This book is worth every penny. Thanks Mark!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Unleashed (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Ray Rankins, Paul Jensen, Paul Bertucci
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If you really want to know the internals of database pages..

If you really want to know the internals of database page structures, the chapter 30th of this book gives you all the details. By using the DBCC page, now it clarified a lot for me. This chapter alone is worth the price of the book! My rating is solely based on this chapter. Other chapters may not have the depth you need.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XML Bible (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Elliotte Rusty Harold
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
BAD example choosed ...

the baseball example, choosed in the book to explain most of the concepts, is a cool thing, but a very bad one to follow. The example is very long and complicated and we don't need a 4 pages long example to explain "sometimes" simple ideas !