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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Kevin D. Mitnick, William L. Simon, Steve Wozniak
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
A good eye-opener for business people

I'm a business person turned technical and have mixed opinions about this book. I would recommend it to people who have no awareness of how social engineering can compromise computer security above any physical security countermeasures.
It is repetitive in its warnings and examples, but one's reaction to that repetitiveness (boredom, apathy) only serves to illustrate how one can easily become a target of deception. One must analyze all social interactions within any high-security context to decrease security risk. This book emphasizes that a situation can actually be high-security without the average business person knowing it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Office 2000 Introductory Concepts and Techniques Enhanced
Publisher: Course Technology
Authors: Gary B. Shelly, Thomas J. Cashman, Misty E. Vermaat
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

This is my favorite book for learning Office 2000. It starts with a brief section on computers and a brief section on Windows, then continues with sections on Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook. The sections on these application programs have sample projects that guide you with clear instructions and color illustrations. In the process of doing the projects, you learn specific skills.
A very nice feature is an appendix at the end of the book that lists the skills required for Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS) certification, and what page in the book each skill is shown.
For further study, there is an Advanced version of this book, and also a Post-Advanced version. The Shelly Cashman series also has numerous books on a wide variety of computer related topics. In addition to the Shelly Cashman series, Course Technology has two other series that I like: the New Perspectives series, and the Illustrated series.
Other related series that I like include Ruth Maran's Simplified series and Teach Yourself Visually series. And there is always Microsoft Press: I like the Step-by-Step series and the Running Series.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Video Poker: Optimum Play
Publisher: Conjelco
Authors: Dan Paymar
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A sound foundation for VP play

My dog-eared copy is the first book I ever bought on Video Poker and it remains the most comprehensive guide available.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Game Coding Complete, Second Edition
Publisher: Paraglyph
Authors: Mike McShaffry
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5

For a complete book it is heavily lacking in many areas... if you want something more complete check out the Introduction to 3D Game Programming with DirectX 9.0 book, its much better. This book is way too much theory and hype by the old Ultima online designers and their poor coding tales.