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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Security Warrior
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Cyrus Peikari, Anton Chuvakin
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Eye-opening


The whole concept of this book is: know your enemy. If you are a software developer or systems administrator, something you touch is bound to be attacked. Software developers need to understand this when writing programs. Likewise, systems administrators must protect their system from outside attack. This book proceeds from the premise that attack is inevitable, but we are more effective in dealing with it if we know the tactics of hackers. As we understand how they think and act, it helps us write and maintain a higher level of security within applications or network infrastructure.
This book is very interesting to read and amazing to see how easy it is to "hack" various kinds of applications with just a few tools. The book discusses the basics of reverse engineering on Windows, Linux, and Pocket PC. Additionally, the authors step through a couple of examples, to show just how easy it is to bypass entering a serial number in a software install. Other "hacks" shows include buffer overflow, TCP/IP, SQL injection attacks, and even social engineering.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in any kind of software or network security. It is very eye-opening to see just how easy it is to compromise a system. Once you know how your enemy attacks, you can proceed with ways to combat them.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop and Dreamweaver Integration (One-Off)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Colin Smith
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good Discussion of Both Products


These two packages are hands down the first choice among professionals for web design. Photoshop is easily the most popular image editing and creation application, and has enjoyed the unrivaled position at the top of the design industry for years. Dreamweaver is the favored took for taking all these beautiful graphics and arranging them for display on the web.

This is about a two (maybe three) day book, if you already have some knowledge of Photoshop. Add another day or two if you do not. One really strong point in the book is its concern with things like how fast the web page loads. So many earlier web sites were so extensively graphics oriented that people got tired of waiting for them to load. The site being designed in the book uses small but carefully designed graphics to add eye appeal.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Only the Paranoid Survive
Publisher: Currency
Authors: ANDREW S. GROVE
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must-read for business and management people.


THIS IS A GOOD BOOK THAT YOU WILL REFER TO EVERYDAY. AS A MANAGER OF A MID SIZED DISTRIBUTION COMPANY WE FOUND THIS USEFUL AND INTERESTING. OUR MANAGERS ARE REQUESTED TO READ THIS. ANOTHER GOOD BOOK IS THE 2000 PERCENT SOLOUTION WHICH CAN TAKE YOU TO THE NEXT LEVEL AND HELP YOU SOLVE AND CURE STALLED THINKING, WHICH PLAGUES US ALL IN BUSINESS.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Grokking the GIMP
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Carey Bunks
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Grokking the Gimp


I recently downloaded the on-line version of grokking the gimp. In my opinion, the author has done a truly excellent job in explaining a number of crucial conceptual issues relating to the field of digital photoediting. Being a newcomer to this field, I was faced with the problem that while there are numerous books on digital photoediting, all the literature I saw to date is overly focussed on explaining specific techniques and tools with which to manipulate images but, surprisingly, I found virtually no information as to WHY all these techniques and tools function the way they do and produce such interesting results. Carey Bunks highly insightful and beautifully illustrated work Grokking the Gimp has closed my knowledge gap and is an added source of inspiration. Keep up the excellent work Carey!