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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Structured Computer Organization (4th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Andrew S. Tanenbaum
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great introduction to computer hardware and architecture

I don't know what they were thinking when they printed this book. The grammar is awful. The book is littered with typos and unclear explanations. The information is thrown any old place. For example, Page 183 has a PCI bus section, but it gives full detail on ISA. Wouldn't you put ISA stuff under ISA? Hello?
The questions at the back of each chapter give you nearly impossible problems to solve given the garbled English statements. Sometimes the English is so bad that the questions actually create a new question, leading to a frustrating waste of time. If you do solve the problems, you will have no idea if they are right because there is no way to check (No odd answers).
If you are a teacher, please choose a better book for your students. If you are a student, try to take the class with a teacher that uses a better book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Troubleshooting, Maintaining & Repairing PCs (Troubleshooting, Maintaining & Repairing PCs)
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: Stephen J. Bigelow
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great book for older pc systems

I would suggest this book for general repair or if you are trying for the A+ exam. There are very good test questions that have supporting information for help. I consider this a much have for you shelf of support documention.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java 2 for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Barry Burd
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great for Home Schooling Kids on Java 2

The book is a great primer for Java 2. Have been using it as a home schooling resource. The concepts are explained clearly, in a manner that teens from age 12 can easily grasp. The humor that peppers the text keeps them looking forward to daily sessions. Chapters and sections are sized so that you can take in a little or a lot at each reading. Coding examples helping to provide templates for your own programs.

We added in some home-grown practice assignments and got teens who were writing programs in a manner of weeks and enjoying it.

In addition, having an email address to send questions to and get quick turnaround responses is a great benefit for learning. Mr. Burd most obviously knows his stuff.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Digital Compositing for Film and Video with CDROM
Publisher: Focal Press
Authors: Steve Wright
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of the best compositing books out there...

If you consider yourself an upper intermediate level user or less, I'd recommend this book. Among many other things that it does quite well, it explains what procedural keyers like Primatte are doing and shows you how to accomplish the same kinds of processes manually. You will know what each of the many keyers in After Effects (and other compositing apps) are doing and the logic behind each. You will also learn where best to use each based on the situation at hand. It also takes you through many other areas like matte extraction, despill procedures and color correction. After reading it, you will understand scientifically what is going on under the hood of your favorite imaging and video apps. To me, this is the "Photoshop Channel Chops" of 2001. What David Biedny's legendary PCC book did for Photoshop artists a decade or so ago, this book will do for compositors today. I have seen other books handle this subject, some do it well but none as good as this one. Well-written and very easy to understand -- though there are definitely places where you will have to reread passages to understand what's being said. But if you commit to reading it with more than a cursory perusal, you'll walk away a master. Highly recommended. Five Cows.
Ron Lindeboomcreativecow.net