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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hacker Disassembling Uncovered
Publisher: A-List Publishing
Authors: Kris Kaspersky
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Could be called "Cracker Disassembling Uncovered"...

While I agree with all many of the other reviewers here, I have to profess that I thought many of the main topic areas really weren't consistent with hacking. The author takes great pains to write in terms of the circumvention of copy protection mechanisms such as passwords and serial numbers. While I will admit the author demostrates an exceptional knowledge of assembly code and debugging, it would have been nice if he covered a more diverse set of examples. Regardless, taking this book for what it's worth, I would say if you read closely and experiment with the recommended tools you'll take away a far greater understanding of assembly code and the debugging process.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux Administration Handbook
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Evi Nemeth, Garth Snyder, Trent R. Hein
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Nemeth et al shine again!

I have owned several editions of Nemeth's 'UNIX System Administration Handbook' (USAH) and I have always been highly impressed by the quality of writing and instruction. In that book, Nemeth et al brilliantly (and humorously) packed material into 853 pages where other lesser authors (J. Winsor comes to mind) have needed several (dry) volumes. Most Unix System Administration books merely regurgitate or re-word 'man' pages and are entirely useless.So, being as familiar as I am with their past performances, I did not hesitate to buy this their latest work from Amazon. Understand that there are a lot of similarities between Unix and Linux and as such, this book doesn't really differ that much from USAH. There is still the same highly informative prose, the same humorous approach to instructing via the written word. I think this is an attempt by the authors to capitalize on the popularity of the Linux Operating System and in any other author, this would be gauche. Not so with Nemeth and her team of writers. Here, they have again done an extra-ordinary job of instructing both experienced and novice sysadmins in the fine art and science of being that most noble of professions: a Unix/Linux System Administrator.Good job!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Lotus Notes and Domino 6 Programming Bible
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Brian Benz, Rocky Oliver
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not for Beginners

As with any book, it's only useful if it has what you want. Like many of the Bible series, it is rated for "Beginning", but it is really for experienced techs to add Lotus Notes to their skill set. The book assumes that you are familiar with scripting languages. If you aren't, don't expect this book to help you much. There are no reference materials for any of the functions or commands, no syntax helps, and no tutorials for the programming at all. Yet most of the chapters rely on programming extensively.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cisco IOS in a Nutshell
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: James Boney
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent IOS Reference Guide

IF you do any IOS commands and ever want to lookup details quickly, you'll LOVE this book. Also, IF you're learninganything from your 1st "conf t" to advanced BGP, You'll find the tutorial part of this book (first third) SUPERBLY clear.This book is SOOOO great, even for a beginner, that I just ordered 4 more copies for friends! This might even be the only Cisco book you need. (Note: NO mention of switches, STP, VLAN, etc.)