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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A good reference, but not for standalone usage

I bought this book, and believe me, it's a waste of money!!! I thought the book was great, but it has no sense at all. It has a total of 0 examples, it's about 1,000 pages and each command is learned separately, which has no sense at all. You cannot learn from this book, i assure you guys!!!.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Anarchist in the Library: How the Clash Between Freedom and Control is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Siva Vaidhyanathan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Provocative and Important

Curling up with The Anarchist in the Library was a bit like sitting down with an old friend - literally, since I'll admit to knowing the author as a friend and colleague. So, perhaps I am not the most objective reviewer in this series of remarks, but I find much to admire in Siva Vaidhyanathan's latest work. In fact, Siva Vaidhyanathan has opened my mind to a thread in American culture that I had not given much attention to in my studies - the relevance of anarchy as a system of rapid, unmediated, decentralized form of communication. In my loose lifting from the text, Vaidhyanathan defines anarchy as nonhierarchical, radically democratic, "organization through disorganization." He posits the meaningful history of anarchy - from Diogenes, to the French Revolution, to Emma Goldman, to peer-to-peer networking - against the ongoing corporatization of information in the mass media and government.

The importance Vaidhyanathan places on anarchic communication in contemporary culture casts another perspective onto the current debates on peer-to-peer networks, Internet blogs, the music industry, and American cultural policy. Vaidhyanathan writes, "Digitization and networking make anarchy relevant in ways it has not been before. Global electronic networks make widespread anarchistic activity possible. What used to happen in a neighborhood barbershop or on a park bench now happens across a nation-state or beyond. Rumors can bubble up into action." Vaidhyanathan's desire to illuminate the importance of anarchy as a means of community involvement and springboard for social movements is a powerful and even "radical" idea. And yet, his point is also to reinstate that anarchy is an aspect of daily life - not radical, but a mainstay of human interactions. The challenge is when corporate and legislative restrictions threaten to shut down these lines of communication and stifle dissent.

I was surprised by how moving I found the book to be as a whole. Told in the first person, and with the lucid prose of a former reporter, Anarchist in the Library is ultimately a passionate and insightful book about cultural freedom and censorship.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Stealing the Network: How to Own the Box
Publisher: Syngress
Authors: Ryan Russell, Ido Dubrawsky, FX, Joe Grand, Tim Mullen
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very good but...

I loved this book, but the pictures at the first chapter, with a linux box screen running telnet session, is very little and dark, I can`t read the text inside de screen... is impossible to see what is writted in it... it is blur, the black ink invaded the letters.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Algorithm Design Manual
Publisher: Springer
Authors: Steve S. Skiena
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Interesting but sloppily written

This is a great book on the design of algorithms, emphasizing design over analysis. With perhaps 1/4 of mainframe machine cycles spent sorting, this is an important topic. The first part introduces those topics we forgot as computer science majors; "The Big Oh notation"; data structures, and heuristic methods. I got a lot from the section on dynamic programming, as well as the simulated annealing heuristic. He perhaps too quickly dispenses genetic algorithms. The discussion on "the theory of NP-Completeness" left me behind, but I would return to that section as a reference. The second part of the book is an impressive catalog emphasizing non-numeric algorithms. The accompanying CD adds great value to the book, with the complete book, a web site of algorithms, and audio class lecture.