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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential System Administration, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Æleen Frisch
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
poorly organized with essential information missing

I really liked how the author organized this book by task, and then provided an explanation of each task in Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, Linux, etc. A very well organized, easy to follow reference that should be on every UNIX System Administrators bookshelf. The beginning SysAdmin should find it very educational. Intermediate SysAdmins should find this book to be an essential reference. Advanced SysAdmins may want to teach out of this book. All in all, well worth your time.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Web Design, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jennifer Niederst
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Solid Introduction to Essential Web Design Topics

This is one of the best books you'll find on basic web design techniques. While it does not cover advanced topics such as dynamic page generation (CGI/ASP/PHP/ColdFusion/JSP etc.) and advanced Javascript or advanced cross-browser CSS, it does an admirable job of illuminating the basics that will get anyone off to a good start in their web design pursuits. Diligently apply the material in this book to your projects and you can't lose. I have been designing for the web for over 5 years, the last year and a half full-time professionally, and I have used many of the techniques in this book. Highly recommended.

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
few concepts confusing but overall excellent!!

The organization of the book (the latest 3rd edition has had a lot of re-organization from its earlier ones) is very comprehensive, and the pace of the book seems very good. It unravels the internals of an OS in a very interesting manner, and gives insights into OS design also. It keeps "small talk" to a minimum and gives good enlightening analogies to difficult concepts. The chapter on the comparison of various OSes will surely be very useful for all OS designers and developers.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Too Many Errors!

First, for the purposes of this review, I am assuming that by looking at this book, you are interested in economical options for preparing for the A+ certification exams. I used this book in conjunction with the self-test software from Dali Design from which I also purchased two discounted test vouchers. I did pass both tests, but please DO NOT use this book by itself and expect to pass. I cannot guarantee that you won't, but at the price of a test, I wouldn't chance it. This book, I consider to be well-written, but the test engine that comes on a CD with the book should have been subjected to some major peer-review prior to inclusion, in my opinion. For the sheer quantity of mistakes, I have deducted two stars.