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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: OCA/OCP: Introduction to Oracle9i SQL Study Guide
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Chip Dawes, Biju Thomas
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Astonishing number of errors!


There is no such thing as an error free technical book, but this one sets a new high-water mark for errors. Don't even begin without incorporating all the changes from the errata - which cover perhaps 3/4 of the errors. And there are even errors in the errata! The book has lost so much credibility with me that I find myself reading with considerable skepticism. Fortunately I have several years of Oracle SQL experience, so if something looks suspicious I just go to OTN to check.
All that said, the book is well designed as far as subject presentation (tho I would move data types to beginning), uses lots of clear (& usually correct) examples, and covers most of the material needed. I would probably purchase it again.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Practical Guide to Solaris
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Mark G. Sobell
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
For absolute beginners to *nix only


Well, I`m into *nix for quite a while, however I`m still new to SUN OS. I DO consider this book as a user-guide only. It has nothing about the installation.Fair enough SUN booklets do explain how to do it,however some clarification of those packages could be needed. It hasn't got anything about network-configuration,which differs quite a lot to other "free" systems.
The networking-chapter is a joke. The hint on p 656 reg. the network-services,killed my system,the infamous sys-unconfig command... Annoyingly, the writer doesn`t tell you which files will be deleted,so as a beginner to SUN I`ve had to reinstall it.
Network-Printer configs aren't much better
Squeezing "pine" on 2 pages is ridicolous,well it's about using it as a newsreader (!!) anyway
You are interested in the C and Korn-Shell ? Get this book...
The good points: Very clear style of writing ! Nice explanations of those topics covered,except for networking...grrr.. what else are SUN about ?
My recommendation: To get you a fair intro into TCP/IP: -TCP/IP from O'Reilly and official SUN Sys-Admin courses if your BossMan is serious enough
Conclusion: Soft user-intro into Solaris 7 workstation (2.8 IS different...)



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint
Publisher: Graphics Pr
Authors: Edward R. Tufte
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
To the (Power) Point


Tufte's latest text is a short pamphlet on the cognitive style of PowerPoint, that is, how a rigidly hierarchical, perhaps Stalinist, piece of software shapes the thoughts of both the presenter and his or her audience. The results are not pretty.
He presents his case using real and fictional examples. An reimagnition of the Gettysburg Address as a deck demonstrates how the lapidary oratory of Lincoln can be rendered a hopeless mess. The results are as amusing as they are convincing.
More important is the use of NASA presentations on the Columbia disaster. Tufte illustrates how NASA's engineers and its vendors can turn critical information into a incomprehensible data junkyard. The consequences in this case illustrate the far reaching impact of the tool and its potentially tragic consequences.
After reading this very persuasive piece, it's clear to me exactly how PowerPoint can be misused to deceive, confuse, and bore. The problem in almost every case is the tool itself. PowerPoint forces its totalitarian nature on the user demanding that one "shape the facts to fit the deck" by oversimplifying and thoughtless structuring.
Ultimately, Tufte accepts that fact that PowerPoint is pervasive. He concludes by offering suggestions as to how to make the best of a bad situation. The design points alone are worth the price of the pamphlet.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network+ Study Guide, 4th Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: David Groth, Toby Skandier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great study guide for exam


I recommend this book for anyone who is planning on taking the Network +. I read this book cover to cover and completed all of the included questions, exams, and used the flashcards. It is written well for a test prep book. Lots of quick reference charts that will allow you to memorize the information that you need to know. After reading an reviewing the material, I took several Transcender practice exams and scored high. This book may not give you everything that you need, but it did well for me. I just passed the Network + about half an hour ago with an 860/900.