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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning the vi Editor (6th Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Linda Lamb, Arnold Robbins
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Another brilliant book from the O'Reilly crew.

For most people on the planet VI makes about as much sense as brain surgery, possible less!
This wonderful reference book allows the beginner to jump in and start using the powerful VI editor.
This book has made the process of understanding and learning VI simple with its concise and clear writing.
The chapters are arrange so that you get the basic commands early and only get the more advanced commands as you move further into the book.
Each chapter ends with a review of the material presented and this makes for a great reference of the commands.
All in all this is a must have book for anyone that uses the VI editor.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Maya Character Creation: Modeling and Animation Controls, First Edition
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Chris Maraffi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must have resource

Outside of the patch modeling and other preparation to animation, the rigging in this book is AWESOME!! I love this book and use it as a resource often. The advanced MEL scripting you will learn will allow you to create a graphical user interface for selection of the character and sliders for the controls as well as advanced facial animation setup and great skeletal hierarchy with nice driven and cluster based motion. The author has emailed me back with the question i asked him quickly and efficiently, very nice guy. I don't care who you are and what you do but if you use Maya definitely buy this book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: West's Business Law with Online Research Guide (West's Business Law)
Publisher: South-Western College/West
Authors: Kenneth W. Clarkson, Roger LeRoy Miller, Gaylord A. Jentz, Frank B. Cross
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Adequate for the undergraduate college student

After 21 years of teaching, both in private college and law school, and as a 23-year legal practitioner, licensed in Hawaii and New York, I perhaps have too much technical knowledge of the law to pass judgment on a text meant clearly to cover, in an almost glib and obsessively-current fashion, virtually the entire spectrum of the law.
That being said, the text is useful in plowing through the sometimes grandiloquent excesses of law terms and concepts in mostly plain English. Its major flaw is trying to accomplish too much with too little. The multitudinous case decisions are often so short as to reveal little of the policy reasoning behind the law, certainly a key to a would-be manager or businessman. Concepts, when explained, are often truncated, leaving students somewhat bewildered. Coverage of products liability is a case in point -- the question constantly arises: why hold a manufacturer liable without fault? There are correct answers given, to be sure, but they are not fully explained and college students often tend to look at fault rather than economic analysis when a product injures a consumer; the economic concept of strict products liability is hardly an intuitive one, but it is crucial to those students who enter into products manufacture and distribution.
One also wonders why the constitution, criminal law, torts, and such are placed in a business law text. They have minimal relation to the real-world of business and there is just too much information already, even for 2 terms, to cover adequately. I would exclude or minimize these kinds of topics.
Properly the authors have cut back on certain areas which in prior editions constititued perhaps 5+ chapters each. But this is the flip side of the coin. The book is at once too much and too little. At least in our college, this text is used for a course in business law for managers. I'm afraid it is not quite that. Managers need to know what to do when a legal problem, from sexual harassment allegations to a regulatory complaint, comes before them. There is precious little "how" to the practical question of "what do I do now?". In fact, there should be answers to that practical question in every chapter.
There are far too many federal trial court opinions which, frankly, are so new and of so little legal weight (binding only in the particular district), that I wonder why they are included at all in text form, when they can be footnoted, if cited at all. Internet law and "cyberlaw" are cases in point. I realize this is an emerging area in the law, but precisely for that reason, these cases largely have no business being placed in text form until appellate courts have given us broader guidance.
Perhaps I have been too harsh on the text. It is well-written, understandable, generally clear to the college student, and may well be the best general text for undergraduates. But I would like to see much more progress made in the areas I have discussed.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCDST Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-272): Supporting Users and Troubleshooting Desktop Applications on a Microsoft Windows XP Operating System
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Walter Glenn
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Both a test Cram and reference book.

Suppose you were looking to hire someone for your help desk. You narrow it down to the final two candidates You ask them how well they know Windows XP. One says, "I know it pretty well." The other says, "I'm a Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician on Windows XP." Which would you hire?

That's not to say that the first candidate wouldn't do a fine job for you. But it is to say that the second candidate will give you a higher feeling of confidence. To make yourself be the second candidate is the only reason for taking this test.

Oh, one thing more, besides just taking it, you need to pass it. And that is the reason for having this book. It will help you pass the test.

The contents of the book are just about what you'd expect: everything you need to know to support end users running (or trying to run XP). Among everything else this includes: installing, setting up users and groups, understanding file and folder access, installing and managing hardware (display, I/O, storage, printers), networking, accessing the internet. And each of these subjects is the subject of a chapter in the book.

And because this is a training kit for the test, it has extensive review questions and a CD with additional questions and information. Finally this kit will give you a 15% discount in the cost of the test.