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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning UNIX Operating System, Fifth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jerry Peek, Grace Todino-Gonguet, John Strang
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A Good Introduction to UNIX


This is a well written book that provides an easy and fast start to using the UNIX X Windows & terminal shells, printing, using the Internet for web browsing, email and file transfers. The use of examples, screenshots and illustrations together with a step by step list of commands to do throughout the book prove to be a very valuable feature for the UNIX beginners so they could better understand what should happen and appear when they click or type something. It also covers problems and errors a user might encounter and gives some useful information why they got that error and how to deal with them.

This book is not too comprehensive, you will be able to start with using UNIX quickly and easily but on the other hand, the descriptions for most of that commands are too brief to be able to do advance things, thus you still need to consult the documentations and man pages of the command you will encounter.

This is a good first book for UNIX beginners. New UNIX Users should go deeper by reading other inroductory books like Sams Teach Yourself UNIX in 24 Hours or The Complete Idiot's Guide to Unix. Experienced UNIX users would find this book too basic and should read a more advance book for systems administrators like the Essential System Administration and UNIX System Administration Handbook.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Charles Petzold
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An excellent reference book.


well here is the deal. if you need to start writing windows programs yesterday then this is not the book for you. however, if you have some time to learn the subject in depth, this is the book for you. nuf said.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Csound Book: Perspectives in Software Synthesis, Sound Design, Signal Processing,and Programming
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors:
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
A review from a different perspective


I suppose that since I was confused just by the description of this book on the back, I probably shouldn't have bought it. But I did. I have a limited background in computer music, and had heard all about Csound and how great it was, and wanted to give it a shot. I had the Csound Reference Manual, which was not helpful at all, so I thought a book like this would be good to buy.
I would like to warn people that if you are looking to learn computer music on your own, this is not the book to start with. To really be able to use the book, you need to be very familiar with how computer music works, and with the major sound synthesis methods. I should add, too, that if you don't know much about computer music in the first place, Csound probably isn't the best choice for a program to learn it on. I was hoping for an organized introduction to Csound that would take me step by step through learning it, and that is not what this book is. To me, as a beginner, it's just a bunch of scattered information. And the CD's are confusing, as well. I had a hard time just finding the files to use for the first tutorial. Several of the example instruments require sound files that aren't even included in the same folder as the instrument's score and orchestra files.
Overall, to me, the book is a confusing, overwhelming mish-most of information that I mostly don't understand. Unfortunately, I can't return it because I opened the CD. If you are an experienced computer musician with some experience in Csound, or if you have a teacher to help you, this book would be great as it is full of excellent resources. But it's NOT for the novice computer musician! I should have gone through it more carefully before blowing my $55, so don't make the same mistake I did!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Secrets and Lies : Digital Security in a Networked World
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Bruce Schneier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book.


This book was a great read. It was easy to get into quickly and every section was well written with real life stories and examples. It was a interesting read, like reading a thriller. Great book to keep as reference. Bruce really knows his stuff. Check out his other books too.