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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Simulations and the Future of Learning : An Innovative (and Perhaps Revolutionary) Approach to e-Learning
Publisher: Pfeiffer
Authors: Clark Aldrich
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Read

Knowledgeably written by Clark Aldrich (the international team leader that created SimuLearn's Virtual Leader "concept car" of e-learning), Simulations And The Future Of Learning: An Innovative (And Perhaps Revolutionary) Approach To e-Learning is an enriching resource for classrooms and businesses wanting to prepare for and operate within our modern technological age. Individual chapters accessibly address using systems to effectively and logically model reality; the philosophical and technical realties; the crucial essence of leadership itself, and more. A thought-provoking supplement for teachers, trainers, and students determined to embrace all the tools the twenty-first century has to offer the art and science of education.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Introduction to e-Commerce, 2/e, with e-Commerce PowerWeb
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Irwin
Authors: Jeffrey F. Rayport, Bernard J. Jaworski, Jeffrey Rayport, Bernard Jaworski, Breakaway Solutions Inc.
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
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This text was required reading in an Internet marketing class I took. As an about-to-graduate business major, I felt the book often strayed off it's subject matter (e-commerce) and too often went into excrutiating detail about how businesses operate. Although I did not read every chapter, the sections I did read were repetitive and confusing to follow. For example, the concept of "catalog content management" is defined and discussed at least three times in one chapter. To say this book is thorough is an understatement. There are many sections that could have been deleted with no loss of meaning to the subject matter. The book is probably OK for beginning business majors who have yet to take lots of business classes. However, for those who are more familiar with business, you will probably find yourself skimming over this text looking for the information you want. If you're looking for a general overview of e-commerce, this is not the book for you. If you want more detail than you thought existed . . . well, I'm selling my copy in the used book section of this site :)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Information Architecture for the World Wide Web: Designing Large-Scale Web Sites
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Louis Rosenfeld, Peter Morville
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The book that explains Information Architecture

If I were to teach a class in Information Architecture on a remote pacific island, and I could only bring one book - this would be THE BOOK.This is the book which brings students of IA further than any other single book. It is the book that covers the most ground. It is the book You would have killed for when You started as an IA. But it is not really a "how-to" book. It is much more of an "understand the business" book.
The second edition is different from the first edition. It has improved in so many ways. We're talking solid 460 pages packed with practical advice, knowledge supported by experience, and great examples. The Library and Information Science bias that made the first edition a little single sided is not present in this second edition which encompasses the entire field and deals with most aspects of Information Architecture - from presenting search results to making elevator pitches in the world of business strategy.
Information Architecture for the World Wide Web is not one of those books that are backed by a lot of scientific evidence. The advice given in this book is backed by the authority and experience of two of the most widely recognized people in the field. If that counts for You, then this book is for You.
The cover says "designing large scale web sites". This is true. It is not a book about building community sites, and it is not about small e-business sites. This is a book about the big picture on the big projects, but it actually has a lot of relevant input for the building of smaller sites as well.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Silence on the Wire: A Field Guide to Passive Reconnaissance and Indirect Attacks
Publisher: No Starch
Authors: Michal Zalewski
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
And You Think You Have it Under Control

My first approach to computer network/server security was "Why would anyone bother with a little site like mine." I found out when all of a sudden someone was using it as an open relay to send out spam. I fixed that one.

Later I found that my web server was using an awful lot of bandwidth, it was being used as a re-transmitter of first run movies. Then somehow one of the systems got infected with CoolWebSearch -- It was of course a new version so none of the erasing tools worked and I had to go back to an earlier state of the machine. Now somehow a popup thing is running on one of the machines that none of the anti-spyware, anti-popup software can catch. (I changed to the Firefox browser on that machine and the popups stopped, so at least I know it's an IE problem.)

So now my machines are sitting behind a hardware firewall, running all kinds of anti software, and I feel pretty good. Well I felt pretty good until ...

Here comes this book from No Starch Press. (I find their books to be universally excellent.) It talks about a level of penetration about which I had only heard vague rumors. This book is a narrative of the web, of computer architecture, of the way protocols like TCP/IP work. It isn't so much a cookbook of how to install this piece of software to solve your problem so much as the background information on what you're dealing with. Not for beginners, this is a thoughtful, clever analysis of how things work.

If you're a security type, you don't want to miss this one.