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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux Cookbook
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Carla Schroder
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Eclectic collection to quickly solve your pain

This book has an eclectic collection of recipes to problems I didn't even know I wanted solved! For example, I didn't know I could virus scan my Windows OS using Knoppix. Many of this book's recipes are so simple to use, all you need is to take 30 seconds to read the problem to see if it describes your pain. If so, then you implement the quick recipe. In many cases, you can skip the discussion. What do you care? You just want the problem solved. Of course, you'll learn a lot more about Linux by reading the discussion. This book is worthwhile to keep on your bookshelf. It'll gather dust until that one day when you must find a solution in 5 minutes. Then you'll be happy to have it.

The collection covers the gamut from boot-ups, rpms, backups, and CVS to servers for web, printer, domain names, and mail. You may buy this book for one of its specific areas. Or you may buy it just for insurance for that one day when you need the solution and can't find it in your admin guides. If you don't need to do much admin tasks, you might find more daily use from the Linux Desktop Hacks book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: IT Project+ Study Guide, 2nd Edition (PKO-002)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: William Heldman, Lona Cram, Lona Cram PMP, Sybex
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
concise and clear

After reading the reviews of the first edition, I was somewhat skeptical about buying this book. However, since there is no other study guide available for the IT Project + (2003 Objectives), I decided to give it a shot.
This book is very well written. It is inline with the CompTIA updated objectives, and has loads of practice questions. After every chapter, you will find 20 multiple choice questions (along with their explanations). The companion CD has addition 120 drills, with explanations. The best feature is that the difficulty level of these questions is inline with the actual test questions (add 5 to 10% variance).
The only reason I am giving this book a four star is because of the typos. Although, the typos are not that misleading that you will end up learning a concept incorrectly, I believe the authors should have exercised a better quality control plan during the execution/controlling phase. Whoa. Do I sound like IT Project+ certified or what?
I passed the test. The only other material I used was the cram session study guide. It is written for the older version of the exam though. Why did I bother reading that guide? Because, at that point, this book was not available in the stores. If you have a good understanding of PM, and if you solve all the 350 multiple-choice questions that comes with this book (and the CD), the actual test will not be as hard, as most people think it is.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft® Excel 2000 Power Programming with VBA
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: John Walkenbach
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The ONLY book you need on Excel programming

I have been waiting for a revised edition to the previous book which involved power programming with Excel 95 (Excel 97 was skipped). My knowledge of Excel increased exponentially with this book, both in programming skills and overall Excel functionality. The examples on the CD ROM provide a way to learn with concrete examples. These sample code modules can be modified and there are so many worthwhile code snippets that the price of the book is well worth it on code samples alone. The new book for Excel 2000 takes advantage of the new VBA in Excel 97 and 2000 and it follows with the same easy to use format and explanation of concepts as the previous one. Because of this book, I have been able to work as a consultant and instructor in Excel programming - it is that well written. If you want to learn more about making Excel 97/2000 work the way you work, then you MUST get this book !

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The UNIX Programming Environment
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Rob Pike
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
wonderful book, but dated

This is the book that turned me on to UNIX. Actually at the time I read this book, I was burned out on computer programming in general and was thinking about moving into physics. Then I read this book. It illustrated very clearly the power and elegance of UNIX. As a result I regained my interest in computers, which in retrospect, turned out to be a very good thing.
Unfortunately this book is System V-centric and doesn't say much about the improvements introduced by BSD, let alone gnu tools or linux. It was actually out of date at the time I bought it back in 1990. I'm still giving it 5 stars though because it's one of the best books I have read.