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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
the only non-fiction I've read that is truly a work of art

Hofstadter brings three of my heroes Godel, Escher and Bach together and has become my hero number four.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

Ms. Castro provides exactly the right level of detail for learning HTML and the examples are well-chosen and clearly presented. Her writing style incorporates a touch of humor, which is also nice. Finally, the book is very generous in its support for both Mac vs. Windows as well as Netscape vs. Explorer users and the brief critical reviews of common HTML and image-editing tools seems equally fair.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cisco Field Manual: Router Configuration
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: David Hucaby, Stephen McQuerry, Steve McQuerry
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Outstanding practical guide

I had the pleasure of being one of the technical editors for this book. It was my eleventh book edited. I've long since lost count of the number of technical books I've readm but this book stands out from among the others as one of the best I've ever seen.
It has a simple-sounding objective: to show how to do particular tasks. It came from the CCIE lab study notes of the authors. As such, it does not promise to explain theory or design. It just shows how to do something.
Want to configure "X"? Turn to the page and see the steps. It doesn't matter if "X" is dynamic access lists, NAT, DHCP, Frame Relay, DDR, HSRP or scores of other things - this book is the best "how-to" source I've ever come across.
If you are studying for a Cisco cert or just want a reference manual to help you through unfamiliar tasks at work, this is one of the must have books. I use it in my every day work and in my teaching. You will, too.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCA Citrix MetaFrame XP for Windows Administrator Study Guide (Exam 70-220)
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: Inc. Syngress Media, Melissa Craft
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Lousy software

The book is good, and the software is almost useless. They claim to have exam updates available on the syngress web site, but the links don't exist. As a matter of fact, a search at syngress.com doesn't even show this book as one they publish. There are only 40 exam questions, which simulates the actual exam, but there's almost no point in retaking the exam because the questions don't change. Some of the answers are wrong as well.