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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe InDesign cs Bible
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Galen Gruman, Galen Gruman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
And I'm NOT the author . . .

Anything having to do with computers, I'm entirely self-taught (having done graduate work in the social sciences at a time when universities owned only mainframes that required punchcards . . .), but I'm also thoroughly autodidactic. So when I get involved with new software of any kind, I immediately go looking for the best big, fat reference book I can find. I've been using PageMaker for about eight years to produce the quarterly journal I edit for a learned society, but decided it was time to jump to a newer program. But the series of manual-replacements published by Osborne-McGraw-Hill and Hayden, with which I've been very pleased in the past, don't seem to include a volume for InDesign, so I asked around and Gruman's past work was heavily recommended. They were still right, I'm happy to say. The opening chapters provide the clearest description I've found yet of the differences between the PageMaker approach and the QuarkXpress approach, the chapter on styles is excellent, and the whole section on prepress and packaging is now filled with Post-It bookmarks. And so is Appendix D, "Switching from PageMaker." Gruman manages to clearly explain things on several levels at once, so both the muddler-through like me and the experienced graphics designer will be satisfied. And after I've taught myself the essential differences between the old and the new, the huge amount of pure reference material will keep this volume close at hand.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Spies Among Us : How to Stop the Spies, Terrorists, Hackers, and Criminals You Don't Even Know You Encounter Every Day
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Ira Winkler
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Do you know where your data is?

I have been a security professional for over 12 years and this book I would consider a must read for everyone from the CEO to the line workers. This book will take you step by step through the process of how someone would use anyone in the company to gain access to the most sensitive infomation a company has. People are often overlooked as the weak link in the security chain. If you read this book you will never look at protecting information the same again.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Security+ Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram SYO-101)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Kirk Hausman, Diane Barrett, Martin Weiss, Ed Tittel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very good book based on others I have read

I am in the process of reading this book, as well as a couple of others that I have been using such as: Security+ Study Guide by Michael A. Pastore, Security+ Study Guide and DVD Training System by Robert J. and
Shimonski, Norris L. Johnson, Debra Littlejohn ShinderMichael Cross, Tony Piltzecker, Security+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide by Gregory White.
The last one seems really complete and much detail (especially on Cryptography). Seems to be the best if you want to understand the subject and not just pass a test.
Now, for this book - I have a real problem with some of the reviewers. The ones that complain because they say it is not detailed enough, obviously haven't read the 1st couple of pages of the book. The author specifically says that this is for people who already know the subject and that this is just a review of the subject for the test. The ones that are upset that they didn't pass the test after reading this book, obviously missed the boat.
I myself have been reading this book 1st (as I have some experience in field so understand most of what it says) and then go to one or more of the other books to get other views on different topics. I myself want to understand the subject - not just pass a test.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional SQL Server 2000 DTS (Data Transformation Services) (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Mark Chaffin, Brian Knight, Todd Robinson
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not detailed enough to be useful

This is a brilliant book by Wrox. I have always wondered about DTS in the past and knew it had been expanded. And this book just develops so many great ideas using the new technology.
I found several of the examples really good, and all were easy to follow. I loved the last example in Chapter 8, the Dynamic Configuration of Package Objects. Neat idea.