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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy VIII Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Don't waste your money.

When it comes to strategy guides, Brady knows nothing. Nothing. Oh, they also know nothing. I no doubt much prefer Kao Megura's strategy guide when he gets it written. Terrible maps. Some fool decided to put them in back. Even worse, some more foolish fool didn't number the pages. In many places they gave many spoilers (which I don't mind, actually, but in other places the lack of them left you hanging. This book is a perfect example of what happens when a fool gets bored. Didn't they test it? How could they have been so blind. This is how it goes. I'm reading and it says "Refer to map". What the hell? Which map? Where is this map?. I do find it after a while (all the maps _are_ there, 1 point for the away team), but(should I be suprised?) there are huge dots on this fuzzy, small map.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Swing, Second Edition
Publisher: Manning Publications
Authors: Matthew Robinson, Pavel Vorobiev
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
2nd Edition Has Typos out the Wazoo

The depth of coverage is excellent. If you want to see examples that are more than toy applications, this is for you.
Unfortunately, an otherwise excellent book is marred by a surprising number of typos and errors. Provided one has a satisfactory understanding of the material, it is possible to intuit what the authors intended to say. Aggravating this problem is the lack of published errata.
Whoever edited the 2nd edition should be fired (if they haven't been already).

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Home Networking for Dummies, Second Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Kathy Ivens
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Home Networking - made easy!

Thanks to author Kathy Ivens for making setting up our home networks so easy! Actually, we used it for setting up a small business network too, so it served multiple purposes. I knew I might need some help getting the networks set up, but I was most concerned about security. I really have no worries now. This book explained how to ensure security...and why!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux Server Security, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Michael D. Bauer
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
best practices

The book plays to linux's strengths on server side computing. Where the server controls a subnet of computers that depend on it to connect them to the Internet, or for other resources. Bauer emphasises throughout how to secure the server. Starting with a top down risk analysis and a designing of a perimeter network; typically a DMZ. So he carefully suggests what belongs in the DMZ and what belongs behind it.

He deprecates cleartext network communication, in favour of ssh and SSL for remote access. The book has concise explanations of various intrusion detection systems like Nesses and Vlad. Though perhaps if you do decide on using Nessus, you may also want to consult books devoted to it.

Overall, the book is a sobering and cautionary tale of current computing. With the best practices recommended here, you can remain reasonably secure.