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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Solaris Internals: Core Kernel Architecture
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Jim Mauro, Richard McDougall, Sun Microsystems Press
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Valuable resource from day one

My copy arrived and first day at work it has been a great asset. I had to tune a server for a DBA and the section on semaphores gave the answers I had been searching for. My coworker brorrowed it to get answers to some threading questions. From looking through the book I think it is going to be read a lot.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Secrets and Lies : Digital Security in a Networked World
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Bruce Schneier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Security is not a product, it is a process.

Coming from the perspective of a recently completed PhD which solely fell within the domain of information security I find the reviewers who grilled this book because it not technical either funny or sad (can't quite decide). I have a strong interest in technical matters, much more so than in non-technical matters anyway and can agree that I may not have found anything technical in there - but value does not only exist with technical works.
If you are looking for something technical then this IS NOT IT. However, I still urge you to read through the book. My reasons for this is as follows:
- if more reasearchers and practitioners had a holistic view of the field it would allow you to think bigger and realize that solving problems in isolation is not going to help much.- if you still think everything can be solved technically, think again and let the book help you to think that way.- it is written in an entertaining, easy to read way, so it won't take up so much of your time and in the process it may just help in putting things that you possible already know together- when non-techies hear you're a techie they are prone to ask question you find difficult to explain - this book will provide you with worthwhile and interesting anecdotes which could make your explanations in future better.
If you are BUSINESS / MANAGEMENT ORIENTED then you need to know something about information security. From that perspective this book is excellent - easy to read and more importantly easy to understand. It provides a truely comprehensive coverage of the basic principle and problems. If you pay any attention while reading you would certainly be able to ahve a meaningful conversation about information security afterwards.
Unfortunately (and this almost caused me to give only 4 stars) the author does a bit too much self-promotion. Maybe the positive perspective would be to argue that he does not necessarily suggest hiring his firm, but that he also suggest that it may be a viable business opportunity for others.
All in all, if your expectations is not technical, you should find this book an excellent buy and worthwhile to keep.

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
Complete and Up to Date Reference

If you want to keep up with all the latest PC hardware changes, especially chipsets and motherboards, then this is the book to obtain. Also, it doesn't contain all the fluff you sometimes find in other hardware books. I read the second version too; it was just as good, only they've actually improved on their work in this newest version, something I didn't think was possible. I can only hope they keep it going, because this is a vital source for those who support and purchase PCs for their business or personal use.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Guide to Networking Essentials, Fourth Edition
Publisher: Course Technology
Authors: Greg Tomsho, Ed Tittel, Greg Johnson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Pretty Good

At first I thought that this book sucked. But as i read on i noticed that they went at a good speed and concept wise to cover topics to real world applications. I also have the sybex books (MCSE Core classes) and i liked this networking essentials book then the sybex book. I think the sybex books were a little overwhelling with to much information. But this book gives you alot of information to get you up and running. You proably will need another supplement book just to cover some stuff that was in this one. Anyhow I guess it is not how much information you can put into a book but how you make other people understand it.