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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Just the ticket to A+ success


I really enjoyed this book. I don't think it is for beginners exactly, but for somebody that meets the A+ experience requirements, it is an excellent choice for reviewing for the exams. However, if you are a beginner, you will learn only what you need for the A+. Thanks, Ron Gilster! I passed and enjoyed the experience.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy IX Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Brady Games
Authors: Dan Birlew
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
The worst guide for a great game...


Honestly, of every guide I've seen, this is quite possibly the worst of them all! I know I have another review, but this will help you more. This guide is enhanced by playonline. Now if enhanced means, they enhanced it to be horrible, then the guide really is enhanced in SEVERAL WAYS! EVERY SECRET, and I mean EVERY secret, is at playonline. "Want more enhanced bestiary? Play online can help." and there is plenty more where that came from. (every page in the guide has something about play online.) If I were you, I'd just register to the site and forget about the guide.
Now I've e-mailed bradygames about this. All they said was "People are telling us that we spoil the plot too much..." and blah blah blah. Now I ask you. Would you rather have the plot spoiled, or rush to the computer 208 times through the game? I'd rather have the plot spoiled...! This was a waste of trees. I wish they would look at the positive things about their guides.
Now, I'm not one to say alot but, everything you need is at play online. It would be easier to just register onto playonline and save your money.
The guide has no area maps (not even in the back), the boss strategies are the worst I've seen. (My three year old cousin could make better, and he doesn't even know what a game is.) Even the bestiary is bad. Unless you're looking for nothing but HP listings, then this guide will help in that category. However, it won't tell you the weakness of enemies, what they're weak against, etc. The walkthrough, and weapon list are the most incomplete part of the guide. (other then the secerets). But, with weapons, it won't explain abilities or anything for weapons.
So the only thing I can say is register to play online, and forget about buying the guide. Its better to register for free then to pay... for a senseless book.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Operating System Concepts
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Abraham Silberschatz, Greg Gagne, Peter Baer Galvin
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very good


I didn't read any other book on operating systems. But I think this is one is very worth reading. (This is also a test to see if Amazon.com will post this message for me!)



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Database Design for Mere Mortals: A Hands-On Guide to Relational Database Design, Second Edition
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Michael J. Hernandez
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An Excellent Handbook Written By An Excellent Writer


Michael J. Hernandez takes known, accepted database analysis and design methodology and turns it into step-by step techniques to design and develop a good relational database. Mr. Hernandez writes in a manner that any developer, regardless of his/her background or experience, can read and understand. The techniques are written for desktop environment, but can be applied to larger database systems as well. The book is easy to read without being simplistic, and is application non-specific. I heartily recommend it.