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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ARM Architecture Reference Manual (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: David Seal
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Clear, competent, well organized.


This is a completely adequate reference for the basic ARM architecture, including the Thumb instruction set.

This is a reference book, not an instruction manual - you'll probably be happiest with this book if you already know at least one or two other assembly languages. Given that background, you might like the ARM ISP. It's a very regular RISC. The Thumb subset is even more stripped-down, but lets you pack parts of you code almost twice as densely as usual.

If you've gotten this far, you already know that there are dozens of ARM implementations, with different add-ons and special features. This, of course, can't handle your special circumstance. Still, it's my favortie presentation of the core ARM instruction set.

//wiredweird



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy IX Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Brady Games
Authors: Dan Birlew
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
It's a bad guide but it isn't the author's fault...


Yes, this guide is terrible and quite possibly the worst strategy guide ever made before and without a doubt is the cheapest way for BradyGAMES to make lots of money for their company. Lots of people want to blame the author, Dan Birlew and they keep saying "Had David Cassady stayed none of this would've happened." Well, in an honest appeal, David Cassady works for Prima now and Dan Birlew took his place. This was the first guide he wrote for Final Fantasy and I'm sure he didn't want it to be like this. After all, he's only doing his job to write it. The lay out and such is done by a different staff and if you read in your Final Fantasy IX instruction booklet, the whole "Play Online" idea belonged COMPLETELY to SQUARE! Therefore it isn't Dan Birlew you should be blaming, but Squaresoft for the reason you got this....
Granted, there are a few (well, lots) of things in this guide that are missing. First of all, the biggest one as you can see is the "Play Online" issue. But there are also other problems than that such as the fact that there are no maps for an are and the screenshots aren't clear.
But to be much more detailed about the "Playonline" thing. The website itself is terrible and runs very slow. Register is free but if you don't visit the site pretty much everyday then they erase your account.
This guide could've been so much better. For every secret they send you to playonline to get the full secret. For every boss they send you to play online. Even the bestiary [drags] a lot because of playonline. All the maps that SHOULD'VE been in the guide? Playonline.
BradyGAMES claims that they went through with this idea to advertise playonline because they were tired of people complaining about plot spoilers and I guess they got fed up with it. Though somebody out there HAS to like this guide because it still doesn't have 1 star. Listen, it seems that BradyGAMES has forgotten what a guide should do with this one. Who cares if a guide has plot spoilers? The whole basis of a guide is to do just that, "guide" you. I never cared about plot spoiler before (I only get mad when the ending is spoiled), and usually BradyGAMES guides have more quality to them.
...This isn't a "strategy" guide its an advertisement brochure for playonline, but remember, Dan Birlew isn't the one to blame for this. I admit, I collect strategy guides, but that doesn't mean I don't look at them. I look for the good ones, and this certainly isn't a good one. Look someplace else for Final Fantasy IX information.
One last note: The game Final Fantasy IX is actually so easy to find everything that you don't need a Strategy Guide in the first place.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Applied Cryptography: Protocols, Algorithms, and Source Code in C, Second Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Bruce Schneier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
types of coding technique of plaintext using c


to encipher plaintext using substitute and transposition methods by using c language,



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows XP Professional Administrator's Pocket Consultant, Second Edition (Pro-Administrator's Pocket Consultant)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: William R. Stanek
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
For end users, not for administrators


As an NT4/2000 admin, this has been all I needed to get myself up to speed with XP. This book focuses on key aspects of day to day XP use and administration--you won't find coverage of hardware requirements and installation procedures, nor will you find exhaustive white papers masquerading as psuedo-documentation. I used to hate MS Press offerings, but the pocket consultant series has allowed me leave the 'bibles' and resource kits at home. I keep the OS and Exhange consultants on my desk and have actually started re-reading some of them for pleaure just to keep from forgetting some of the stuff I don't utilize daily on the job. I've even gotten some of my early adopting power users to buy and use this book.
If you're studying for certs or need in depth info for design research/general reference, buy a bible book, resource kit, or cert guide for the minutia and specific testing guidelines. But buy this book too because it's small and lightweight and is like set of XP Cliff notes.