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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential System Administration, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Æleen Frisch
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great guide for system administrators

I am a NT system administrator by day, but I am quickly learning the shortcomings of that system. So I decided to take a good, hard look at Linux. Among the many books that I had bought was this one. After just skimming over it for 30 minutes, I learned more than I had in the last few books I read. This book is very technical, but written on such a level that it doesn't make the technicalities intimidating or confusing. A great ref book for a person who is now a UNIX admin, a great book for those who wish to learn.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows with C# (Core Reference)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Charles Petzold
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of the best ...

This is one of the best books for beginner to intermedaite .NET windows developers. Windows basic concepts are well explained. I wonder if Petzold is coming with second advanced version. Topics are missing such as Multithrading, Advanced Windows development etc.Author has divided book into three categories - The Basics, Graphics, and The User Interface. You can pretty much guess. Well explained chapters on Lines, curves, text, fonts, printing, images, curves, brushes, pens, mouse keyboards, timers, dialog boxes, menus, tree and list views.
Missting many windows (forms) featuers though. Worth. Give it a try.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Internetworking with TCP/IP Vol.1: Principles, Protocols, and Architecture (4th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Douglas E. Comer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
You will understand TCP/IP from reading this book!

I am grateful for this book. I like to really understand things and this book makes understanding a reality. It is an exemplary model of technical writing. This is the fourth book I have read on TCP/IP and it should have been the first. Since I am a network engineer with no background in programming some of the illustrations from BSD Unix sailed over my head but there was not enough of this to make me feel that any of my time was wasted. In fact, now I want to get a solid introduction to programming so that I can follow along with the rest of the series this book begins.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Kevin D. Mitnick, William L. Simon, Steve Wozniak
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
very repetitive, very repetitive

ok, kevin, so people are gullible. you can fool them into trusting you, even when they shouldn't. but does it take hundreds of pages to say this?
thanks to mr. mitnick, we now have another voice telling us that there are bad people out there that are willing to take advantage of anyone they can to further their own purposes. nothing really revealing or new here, and the book tends to repeat this theme over and over and over.
next time you try to drink out of the milk container when noone's looking, just think how you could be exhibiting early signs of a security guru.