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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Classic book, does not need a review.

This book is a classic, and also a bestseller on its area, like the Design Patterns book.
Its awesome value for money, and very beautiful with many coloured web pages reproduced.
I am glad the web is changing in this direction.
I recommended to the whole company. I wish companies gave it as Christmas gift to employees generating content to the web.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: QuickBooks 2005 The Official Guide (Quickbooks)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Kathy Ivens
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Buy Quickbooks For Dummies instead

I thought I'd try the "official" book this time around....should have stuck with the real expert who writes the dummies book on Quickbooks.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Envisioning Information
Publisher: Graphics Press
Authors: Edward R. Tufte
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A superb, inspiring book!

... though there are plenty others in the book that are fascinating.
I flipped open the book just now and arrived at a discussion of whether Maya Ying Lin's Vietnam Memorial should have had the names ordered by date of death or alphabetically. As there were over 600 Smiths who died in Vietnam and 16 James Joneses, an alphabetical listing would have given the memorial the flavor of a telephone directory.
Tufte persuasively argues and demonstrates how graphic design and information presentation affects thinking, decision-making, and emotion.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network Intrusion Detection (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Stephen Northcutt, Judy Novak
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The ultimate security analyst handbook!!

After sifting thru virtually tons of security text and documentation, one name seems to pop-up all the time: Stephen Northcutt. So, I purchased this book (based upon his experience and work with Shadow) and needless to say, I was very impressed. Not only did I immediately put his methodologies to work on our current environment, but it provided me with a vast amount of detailed information to catapult me into even deeper security topics, as well as help me get going with my preparation with the CISSP exam... A killer handbook no security analyst (or network/systems administrator, for that matter) should do without!! Awesome job!