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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World's Most Colorful Company
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Owen Linzmayer, Owen W. Linzmayer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
THE encyclopedia of Apple pop culture

I purchased this book (Apple Confidential 2.0) to learn the technical, business and cultural history of a subject on the "other side" of the fence in contrast to my personal history. Having been a wintel user back from the days of the original 8086 up to today's huge MS shops I had little knowledge of where Apple came from (beyond the basic folklore). Now a Mac/Apple fan with iPod in tow and a "switch" in my future I dove into this book as my historical introduction of choice.
Owen does an excellent job of adding in other industry events of the time, which helped me (as an historical IBM user) to build a complete industry picture. While the division into subjects departs from what one might view as a traditional all-linear biography, it fit suprisingly well and played out in a very unbiased fashion.
Owen paints a fair picture, not always shining Jobs in the best light and defining his character for what it was. Men like Jobs and Gates weren't always out there to be "nice." They were out there to make deals and create their visions.
The pictures were very cool, but I would have liked to see even more and in color. Maybe this book needs a full color pictorial history sister companion?
Owen's use of timelines was very informative, however the repitition at the end of most sections became tedious to examine and I found myself "skimming" them. Seperating them did allow a simplifiction of the information, but a master timeline may have been less intrusive.
The recent events felt a bit rushed. I've not read the original "1.0" version of this book so I'm assuming the items from 2002/2004 were part of the newer updates. I would have liked more detail (there are many empty blank pages at the end ;) ). Still, a kudos for having the book up to date at its time of publishing (not at easy feat...he says, pointing his finger at O'Reilly as he waits for OSX Panther in a Nutshell...jeez when will we see it in print, when 10.4 comes out???).
A metal band once said there were three sides to every story: mine, yours and the truth. This book falls onto the third. If you want the most truthful unbiased history, read this book. If you're a fan of Apple, read this book. Heck, just read this book! :)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: sed & awk (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Dale Dougherty, Arnold Robbins
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
2 cute little guys who will work hard for you

I've had this book for 3-4 years now and find it to be my handiest reference. I even use ot more than my vi book.

The raw power of sed and awk will humble even the proudest VB programmer and this book will help you get the most out of both the "Aho, Weinberg and Kernigan" and the "stream editor".

The first chapter section is entitled "May You Solve Interesting Problems" a paraphrase of the old Chinese curse, but with sed and awk no problem seems insurmountable and will make all problems appear interesting.

This book is an outstanding reference and will get you up and running with both of these handy little programs in no time.

Just to give you an example - the first time I ever used these programs (sed and awk) I developed a cron script to query a database every day at midnight, sort the results, grabbed lines with tagged values within certain limits, added a few totals, did some averaging, "starred" the lines that departed from certain parameters, then formatted the results into a report with a header showing the dates, times and query results, statistics then packed them into a report file and e-mailed them to a dozen recipients and added a few recipients if the data was outside certain values.

I did this remarkable feat by copying a few examples from the book, changing a thing or two and in the end had a little shell script that was a few K-bytes at the most.

This VB guy from corporate worked on a VB version of the same function and ended up with six revisions, several megs in the executable and never was able to get it formatted right. Not to say that it couldn't be done but..... I wrote mine before lunch one day. He worked on his for weeks and weeks.

Such is the power contained within should you want to tap it Grasshopper.

Great book. Amaze your friends and colleagues. Have the office women ( or men) throw flowers at your feet as you enter every day - well maybe not, but this will make you more productive.

You real nerds will hardly get finished with a single box of Pop Tarts before you are writing really cool scripts when using this book.

Like all O'Reilly books this one is terse, practical and highly usable - just like UNIX.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: OpenGL(R) Programming Guide: The Official Guide to Learning OpenGL, Version 1.2 (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Mason Woo, Jackie Neider, Tom Davis, Dave Shreiner, OpenGL Architecture Review Board
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
For Programmers Only

This book is intended for people doing heavy OpenGL progs, don't buy it ir you're a casual user, go for it when doing ports, dealing with toolkits, etc

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ Primer (4th Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Stanley B. Lippman, Josée Lajoie, Barbara E. Moo
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great computer science book,excellent C++ tutorial/reference

Great book, I relied on it forever and half. It has everything you could ever want in a C++ reference. Not for the faint of heart, but for those wanting to dive into C++, GET THIS BOOK (but get the revision 3.0, just as good, but it has all the new standard stuff)