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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Fortran 90/95 for Scientists and Engineers
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
Authors: Stephen J. Chapman, Stephen Chapman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
*great* except for index


I have found this book to be an excellent, outstanding reference. My only complaint is that the index was occasionally not detailed enough to allow me to easily locate a specific topic for which I was looking; on occasion I've had to page through a section to find what I'm looking for. (This review refers to the first edition, although the second edition is now out so this may have been corrected.) Otherwise, I've found it far superior to the two other Fortran books I've used. It contains many examples. In my view it's excellent as both a F77 and F90/95 reference.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Microsoft Windows XP Professional: Exam 70 270 (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
NO Trail software


Without the trial software we are all inconvenienced by having to buy the product to test it, or to ask Microsoft for the product and wait close to eternity for it.
Why not include a trial version of the product in the kit, and leave out the digital version of the book? That would be truly helpful!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Microsoft Windows XP Professional: Exam 70 270 (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
NO Trail software


Without the trial software we are all inconvenienced by having to buy the product to test it, or to ask Microsoft for the product and wait close to eternity for it.
Why not include a trial version of the product in the kit, and leave out the digital version of the book? That would be truly helpful!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Digital Photography Pocket Guide, 2nd Edition (O'Reilly Digital Studio)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Derrick Story
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Lightweight and quick reading for busy folks


Thank goodness for the digital camera. People like me with a lousy eye can take hundreds of photos and experiment until our eyes fall out and get a couple of gems. Despite my left-handedness, I don't have a natural eye for photography, art, or anything of the sort. It all went into writing.
With three kids, photos are important to me as I want to take capture many times of their lives so we may reflect on them with a visual aid. A good photo does make a difference. Again, three kids, who has time to read a book or take a class to become one with a camera? This pocket guide fills that need.
It has three chapters with quick reference tables in the back of the book. It's small enough to fit into your camera bag, laptop case, briefcase, suitcase, or jacket pocket. The chapters address what is it, what do I do, and how do I questions.
What is it covers the basic, intermediate, and advanced features found on digital cameras. It's the shortest chapter as once you get familiar with the features, you won't need the chapter anymore and you still have roughly 85 pages of material to support you when you're out there trying to capture the world you see.
Once you've conquered the buttons and figured out what most of the symbols and modes mean, you're ready to dig deeper into the features and gain control of the camera with answers to your what does it do types of questions relating to exposure and flash compensation, white balance, ISO speed, and resolution.
The last chapter is more free flowing as you and the camera have become one. Get tips on taking outdoor and group shots including sporting events where players are moving fast. Capture kids, travel spots, and wedding memories with class as kids grow up, you may not return to the same places, and weddings happen only once (we would hope unless it's a renewal of vows).
Adding this book to your camera bag is a step toward to better pictures and better understanding of those fancy photography terms, which aren't a big deal after you read author Derrick Story's simple and clear explanations.