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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-298): Designing Security for a Microsoft Windows Server(TM) 2003 Network (Training Kit)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Roberta Bragg
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great Book

The MS Training Kit books seem to get a bad rap beacause they don't substitute hands-on experience with spoon fed answers for the exams. Most of them however are useful long after the exam is over and this one is no execption. This book takes a dry subject like security and makes it easy to sit through a study session with it's relavent and readable content. I will recommend this book to other :Security candidates in the future.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop 7 Savvy with CDROM
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Steve Romaniello
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good book for someone new to Photoshop

BOOK REVIEW: The first thing that is noticeable in Photoshop 7 Savvy is the color images that goes with each chapter are not included in the chapter but rather in a center section. It is very inconvenient to have to flip to this section to see in color what the chapter is describing.
For anyone new to Photoshop, Photoshop 7 Savvy is a wealth of knowledge about all the wondrous abilities Photoshop has available to the artist. Retouching old photos, creating backgrounds, warping images or text, changing color to Black and White, enhancing the color of a photograph, the ability to work in levels, and, of course, making the graphics web-ready are all explained in this book. There is also a section on Digital Cameras and resolution and image versus monitor resolution.
A CD is included and contains the images so you are able to work through the tutorials in the book. There is also a demo of Photoshop 6 Learning Studio by Sybex, an interactive trainer and reference to the features of Photoshop. This allows you to learn at your own pace and go back over anything you are unsure of or just want to review again. And finally, the CD contains a trial version of Photoshop-friendly plug-ins.
This book has over 600 pages of insightful and power-packed information for getting the most out of Photoshop 7. It will become a Bible for anyone needing the most from Photoshop.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Python Essential Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: David Beazley
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Essential for any python programmer

Beazly has written the perfect reference for Python. This book has every important function *concisely* described and with excellent real code examples (as opposed to the ubiquitous `desktop calculator' ones that many books use).
Whether you are experienced with Python or are just starting out, this is THE python reference.
I'd put it up with Kernighan and Ritchie's "The C Programming Language" and Guy Steele's "Commmon Lisp: The Language (1st ed)". There's no higher praise than that.
--Pat / zippy@cs.brandeis.edu

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering Windows Server 2003
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Christa Anderson, Michele Beveridge, C. A. Callahan, Lisa Justice
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Hope it is good...eBook is disappointment

I spend too much money on technical books so I try to find books with the included eBook so that I can read the book anywhere (including my PDA), anytime and not pack the HUGE books around. This eBook will not work without the CD so I can't use the book on my PDA. I don't share the books or CDs with others but I do like to have the reference material at home, laptop and at work. I will take this into consideration for future book purchases.