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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering Windows 2000 Server
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Brian M. Smith, Doug Toombs, Mark Minasi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very Solid - Great for beginners too

This book is substantial. If you are new to Win2K Server, this book will provide you with enough handholding to get you up-and-running. If you manage Win2K servers as a job, you could live off of this book. Our technicians have this title as part of their toolbox.
The author writes in a clear, easy-to-read manner and deals with all of the important subjects. RAS is especially well documented.
The information is also very easy to find and well illustrated, making this book a valuable reference when you are knee-deep in problem solving.
So far, this is one of the best titles on the subject

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML 4 for Dummies, Fourth Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ed Tittel, Natanya Pitts, Ed Tittel
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
This is not worthy of being in the Dummies' line up

Every other Dummies book I have read was well written, funny and eased me into the more technical facets of their subject matter. This one however did not. The interminable 6th chapter presents HTML is more obtuse terms than some technical manuals I have read, and I have already had some HTML experience. The rest of the book, as far as I got, instead of providing concrete examples, just spouted on style. You are far better off getting the HTML 4 for Dummies Quick Reference. It is much better and more clearly written, offers concrete examples and it costs less.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Does this need a review?

Just buy it, if you are a perl programmer.

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

This book is a significant improvement on Penrose's previous writing of similar scope, "The Emperor's New Mind", especially that he has more specific ideas on the actual biological manifestations of the noncomputational processes he seeks as basis for consciousness. Even if one does not agree with his arguments, there is a great amount of information on physics and so on, written in a style that makes the book a pleasure to read. A previous review mentioned that many have opposed the logical arguments from the first part of the book. Penrose, however, has replied quite well to many criticisms (see PSYCHE, an electronic journal on consciousness), and I think it is premature to pass final judgement. For an alternative, not necessarily incompatible, view of consciousness I highly recommend "The Feeling of What Happens" by the distinguished neurologist Antonio R. Damasio (or at least check out his article "How the Brain Creates the Mind" in Scientific American, December 1999).