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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Seize the Work Day: Using the Tablet PC to Take Total Control of Your Work and Meeting Day
Publisher: New Academy Publishing
Authors: Michael Linenberger
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Critical Asset for Using Your Tablet PC


If Microsoft really wants the Tablet PC O/S to take off, they should package a copy of Michael Linenberger's book with every Tablet PC. Tablet PCs are unlike any other PC, and learning how to use their unique qualities is a time-consuming process. Taking the time to read Linenberger's work can eliminate most of the difficulty and ensure that users get better use from their PC.

I have owned my Tablet PC for over a year, but it wasn't until I picked up this book that I really began using it effectively. Rather than taking advantage of the strengths of the Tablet, I used it almost as two different systems: as a simple notebook I could take notes in, and as a regular laptop computer. While it did mean I had my notes all in one place and ensured that I had my laptop when I needed it, I wasn't really seeing a significant improvement in my productivity. Until I read this book.

Linenberger starts by reviewing the Tablet PC operating system and the types of Tablet PCs. If you don't already own one, this is a great section for helping you decide which type would work best for you. It's arguably the best buying guide I've seen on Tablet PCs, in fact.

Linenberger does an excellent job laying out a simple set of techniques to take advantage of the Tablet PC. While he clearly has his favorite types of software, he examines all available software for each task and explains how to use it to best advantage. While some of the software information is already dated, most of the principles remain the same, and he has updated at least one chapter already on his web site. Linenberger covers task management, handling e-mail, note taking, power documents (important documents you refer to often), brainstorming, editing, presentations, and goal setting, each time demonstrating how to use the Tablet PC's features to your advantage.

The book is cleanly written and easy to read. You can read it from cover to cover, but it's also easy to use as a reference work, allowing you to flip back to areas you find of particular use.

All in all, the book has too many valuable tips regarding the use of the Tablet PC for anyone who owns a Tablet not to pick it up today.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Unified Modeling Language User Guide
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Grady Booch, James Rumbaugh, Ivar Jacobson
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
A Useless Book- whichever way you want to use it


My feelings on this book are mixed. It is a large book for what it offers (almost 500 pages that take a lot of time to read) but it does provide a thorough introduction to UML. It also discusses some advanced modeling concepts and constructs (sections 3 & 5) but it leaves the reader wanting to look elsewhere for how to apply these. There is an irritating duplication of material in different parts of the book, but I liked the appendices that included some of the standard elements of UML and a very brief summary of the Rational Unified Process. If you have the (a lot of) time to read the book or you are one of the many fans of Booch's writings, then this book will be of value.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential COM
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Don Box
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best book on COM available


Tough reading but by far and away the best and most complete COM guide available.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: VBA Developer's Handbook, 2nd Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Ken Getz, Mike Gilbert
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Useful tool


I found this book to be just as useful for VB as I did for VBA. The ussue's discused are not as easy to find in competing texts. I would not recommend this book to people who are just starting to develop application however. After a little experience with VBA integration al-least is needed to fully understand this textbook. GREAT JOB