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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Knoppix Hacks
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Kyle Rankin
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Bootable linux

Knoppix is and surely will only ever be a niche product. But what a niche. To some people, there is a compelling fascination with being able to carry around the essence of a computer in a CD. Much less riskier than losing or damaging an entire computer. Plus the fact that a Knoppix version is usually a sturdy, stable linux, can also be appealing.

If this captures your interest, then many of the hacks will be germane. They show some of the possibilities in booting Knoppix up. Like having your Knoppix desktop environment always with you when you work on a computer.

But the book also shows a second allure of Knoppix. Not to the wandering user, but to the sysadmin. Knoppix gives you a bootable linux that can be used to diagnose and [hopefully] repair linux partitions on a disk. These could be mission critical tasks, and it is really nice to be able to do the hacks in the Repair Linux chapter. Most notably recovering deleted files or retrieving files from damaged disks. There are companies that can do the latter. But usually at exorbitant rates. Knoppix is cheaper as a first pass on that problem.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Concepts
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Cay Horstmann
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
This book is bad!

I read this book in a bookstore, so this isn't based on deep experience with it. What I liked about it was that it was a programming primer that used Java as its example language. I was looking for just such a book so my wife could learn programming. 99.9% of all Java books assume the reader can already program in some other language. Unfortunately this book is FAR TOO EXPENSIVE for me to justify buying it myself.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Got Game: How the Gamer Generation Is Reshaping Business Forever
Publisher: Harvard Business School Press
Authors: John C. Beck, Mitchell Wade
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

Beck and Wade offer a wake-up call to leaders struggling to attract and retain skilled and dedicated employees. Got Game draws attention to overlooked cultural dynamics driving a huge generation that is educating itself on risk management, decision making, and achieving goals. This book shows Boomers how to tap into this younger population and benefit from the skills they've learned to succeed in business. Got Game changed my whole perspective of the Gamer Generation...in a very positive fashion.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must read for people coming from print

Hello,If you design for print the web is going to be a great shock to you. Jackob breaks it to you easily with great examples. This is also the perfect book for an IT manager wondering what to focus on in a web strategy.Phil