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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Project Version 2002 Step by Step
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Carl S. Chatfield, Timothy D. Johnson
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
A Simple Intro for Project 2002...but you need more...

I went through the book, cover to cover, word for word...doing all the examples whose files came from the included CD-ROM...never ran into any problems. Everything worked fine. I guess I felt like a soldier marching through all the features in a logical progression. The book tells you what to type in step by step...introduces you to all the features (there is a lot that you can do with project 2002 besides manage your own project...eg., you can consolidate projects so that you have a project plan that contains other project plans that you can view and edit...you can create a VBA (Visual Basic Appliation) macro to run and update your HTML project plan...you can learn about Earned Value Analysis, which gives you additional insight into how your project is progressing (maybe similar to the internal rate of return used in Financial analysis to give you a report card on how well your investment is doing)... I found the chapters were simple to step through and complete. The authors have a somewhat cut and dried tone that actually seems to suit the purpose at hand well, which is to drag you through all the features and details of project 2002 in a limited amount of space and time....And they do this in 369 pages (the chapters only, not the appendices) instead of over a 1000 pages as some books. So the book is for the beginner in Project, If you already have knowledge of project or read any other books on it, you'll want to find something more intermediate or advanced and this won't do it for you. I liked the book for keeping an even keel and not going off on any tangents...they had a goal to show you all the features and seem to accomplish that...Their treatment of many of the subjects in the book are elementary and you'll need to find other books eg., on VBA, to pursue it further. What it purports to do is give you a step by step introductory knowledge of project 2002 with real world examples. So what doesn't it do? What it doesn't do is commit to showing you how to apply project management which is really what you want to do....knowing all the features is nice but show me a coherent "way" to put it into action...I think I need to get another book to do that.

Product: Book - Turtleback
Title: Layout Index: Brochure, Web Design, Poster, Flyer, Advertising, Page Layout, Newsletter, Stationery Index
Publisher: North Light Books
Authors: Jim Krause
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Definitely a sequel.

While Idea Index provides actual ides for nice graphical renderings, the layout index is very simple and very scarce when it comes to layout ideas. It has a limited number of sample ideas which only look good due to the images present in the layout. The layouts provided don't really add much to the presentation of the information in the examples. Also, the web layouts are especially horrendous - despite looking semi-pretty, they do not consider at all the medium (e.g. giant images take longer to load, etc.). I was pretty disappointed by this book after liking Idea Index so much.
Overall, the book is so-so. Going through it at a library will give you all the layout ideas this book could ever provide - there's no need to keep it on your shelf for future reference. If you're looking for good, or at least original print layout ideas, you better look elsewhere.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Shadows of the Mind: A Search for the Missing Science of Consciousness
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Authors: Roger Penrose
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
New breakthrough after Penrose

Penrose is basically correct about the radical differences between the human mind and a computational machine. But in order to understand exactly why Dennett and most of cognitive scientists are wrong, the book I am currently reading is a must-read. I believe this book has conclusively proved that the mind is not derived from matter understood in the model of Newtonian mechanics. It instead must be explained in a model that is free from the assumption of spatial locality. Otherwise, we will commit a Fallacy of Unity Projection, as the author calls it. The author's conjucture that the square root of -1 is the psy-factor in physics is particularly intriguing. His thought experiments on cross-sensory perception, interpersonal telepresence, and cross-communication-situations are extremely interesting and enlightening. Anybody interested in Penrose's books (including Penrose himself?) should read this book. The title of the book is: "Get Real: A Philosophical Adventure in Virtual Reality."

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
THE handbok for sensible web design!

Designing Web Usability is full of great insight into how the web is REALLY used by users, that most users want information, not entertainment. So, we must design web sites for the intended audience. Is it to be information based, entertainment based, or a mixture of both? The best web sites get this balance right. This book shows YOU how to get it right.