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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Non-Designer's Design Book, Second Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Robin Williams
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An Ametuer's Dream...


I must admit, i picked this book up because it was on sale. The good is that its easy to read and follow from cover to cover. As an ameteur graphic artist with no formal training, this book was eye-opening. The concepts are easy to understand and pretty well explained. This book is not meant to teach graphic design rather basic principles used in design medium. Overall, an excellent book. I give it my thumbs up!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: On Intelligence
Publisher: Times Books
Authors: Jeff Hawkins, Sandra Blakeslee
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Great Intro to Even Greater Insights


The accolades previous reviewers have lavished upon this book are all fully deserved. It is not, however, "the first time all these bits and pieces have been put into a coherent framework". The work of Stephen Grossberg explored all of these themes in the 1970s. Unfortunately Grossberg expressed his key insights in systems of differential difference equations that few could understand and fewer still could build upon or contribute to.
To his credit, Hawkins does cite Grossberg approvingly at several junctures in his argument, but he fails to take into account several of Grossberg's greatest insights into neocortical processing: his theory of how serial processing can be accomplised in a parallel anatomy and his theory of "rebounds". The latter is especially important since it explains how new memories are prevented from overwriting old memories. For example, when I learn a second language, it doesn't overwrite my first.

These criticisms, however, are in no way meant to detract in the slightest from Hawkins' superb book. It is an eminently readable account of neocortical computing, and correct in all its broad brush strokes. If you are as beguiled by "On Intelligence" as the other reviewers in this thread, my purpose is only to alert you to the even deeper wonders that are to be found in Grossberg's work. As I have said, his work is difficult, but his 1980 and 1982 Psychological Review articles will provide good entry-points. Those of you with an interest in brain and language will find an even better second course in neocortical computing in Loritz' "How the Brain Evolved Language" (Oxford University Press, 1999).



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SSH, The Secure Shell: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Daniel J. Barrett, Richard Silverman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Must-have book for all systems administrators...


If you are a Unix administrator, odds are you are administering your machine(s) remotely. They may be in the next room, or halfway across the globe, but they are still being administered "remotely".
Don't even *THINK* about doing that job without using tools like ssh to do so securely (assuming you keep your passwords secret, etc... ;-).
Of course, if you're going to use ssh, then you're going to want to learn how to use it, and how to administer it. That's why you need this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Vol. 1: Core Technologies, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The book to get for Java Server-side Web Dev


One of the best tech books I have read. Completely and accurately covers all aspects of Servlets, JSP, session and state mgt, cookies, etc. More importantly, the author provides sensible answers about how to leverage the benefits of Servlets and JSP together. The examples in the book are first class. A must read.