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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Switch Book: The Complete Guide to LAN Switching Technology
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Rich Seifert
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of the top 4 books for low level OSI lurkers

The main reason I'm writing this review is that I feel that this book is not getting the readership it "rich"ly deserves.Rich covers the basics of Lans with elan (all puns copyrighted).You will understand the concepts and implementation of bridging thus allowing you to view routing in a better perspective.Rich's laws of networking are absolutely gems: a chapter summarized into a line.His excellent and generous use of flowcharts and diagrams deserve some stars by themselves.Also the description of the protocols, the tradeoffs made during their design leaves you with an insight as to how to (and in some cases how not to) design a working protocol.
The last chapter is a gem - it covers the life of a packet as it enters the bridge till it exits on one of the ports.If you're a router guy, read this and you'll never sneer at a bridge again.
The explanations are lucid,simple to the point and are peppered with the odd bad engineering joke (better than Radia Perlman's sarcasm :)]I bought this book based on other readers recommendations and am glad for the same.
This book is a networking bible along with those by Stevens,Comer,Perlman and of course thomas maufer.
While you can more or less read any chapter in isolation, you are recommended to go in order to maximize your output from this book.
PS: A layer 1 switch is a shared hub or a repeater * A layer 2 switch is a bridge * A layer 3 switch is a router *
The rest of this review was lost due to collisions on the lan. Back off Rich,Back off !! :)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PC Hardware in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Robert Bruce Thompson, Barbara Fritchman Thompson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
most helpful

Don't be scared by the number of pages or smaller print size of this book. Intermittently I help a friends 13 year old daughter [to whom English is a second language] with some of her homework. She wanted to build her own PC [for brag value] With the help of 2 `Build your own pc' type books and this one which she used to figure out what to buy she did so with no help.Each hardware area is investigated and for each alternative the pros and cons are reviewed.Some of the most `bleeding edge' 3d gamer stuff is not here I am told by two lifeless ones.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Digital Photography Pocket Guide, 2nd Edition (O'Reilly Digital Studio)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Derrick Story
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Perfect for quickly learning how to take great pictures...

You got a digital camera for Christmas, and you're now wanting to figure out how to shoot pictures that will cause everyone to go "ooohhh!". Your manual will get you familiar with the technical aspects of your new toy, but you should also learn about how to properly frame and expose your shots. To do that, get a copy of Digital Photography Pocket Guide by Derrick Story. It's a great little (113 pages) book that will quickly and concisely convey the information you'll need to take perfect pictures. The first half of the book covers the different features of the camera, such as file formats, spot meters, and white balance. The second half is a "How Do I" series that will help you figure out specific picture taken scenarios, such as capturing action shots, shooting good self-portraits, and taking pictures at weddings. The final ten pages are tables of ISO speeds and exposure settings for certain conditions.
All in all, the book is a perfect way to quickly understand both your camera and the science of photography. There are definitely books that are more comprehensive, but none that are as practical in as short a volume as you'll find here.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One
Publisher: Deke Press
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Learning and Retaining

I highly recommend this for all the nervous newbies who are looking to learn and retain that knowledge.

Watching the video sets the mood.

Reading the lesson becomes easier since Deke's voice is still in your head, and the writing style is identical to his speaking style.

Doing the excersises, oh well, at least no one is there to roll their eyes as you gingerly proceed. Once it's over, you tend to say Hey, I did it!!

And finally, the multiple review questions at the end of each lesson are great reminders of the territory that was just covered.

All in all, this is an excellent educational investment to make. Deke over-delivers when it comes to chunking down the difficult into crystal-clear bite-size pieces.