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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Information Systems Security Officer's Guide: Establishing and Managing an Information Protection Program, Second Edition
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
Authors: Gerald L. Kovacich, Gerald Kovacich
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Practitioner's perspective

Dr. Kovacich has updated one of the classic management works for the people who are responsible for the overal design, development and delivery of a comprehensive, enterprise-wide protection program. There are lots of books out there that will assist those who have technical responsibilities for security in doing a better job. There are very few that help develop the manager's who must harmonize people, processes and technology to address the rapidly increasing range of risks that can impact organizations that are all becoming ever more dependent on information technology to accomplish their objectives. If you are now or aspire to be a manager or director of information security for an organization this is an essential guidebook that will advise and assist you in meeting the challenges inherent in that role.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Network Programming, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Elliotte Rusty Harold
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
This book is OUTDATED.

This book follows in the great tradition of excellence from the O'Reilly stable; as well as having great content, it's very *readable* - and has plenty of examples. Filled a gap in my quest for knowledge perfectly.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ACT! 6 for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Karen S. Fredricks
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The dummy above needs to buy the book

I am a certified consultant for this software package and many of my clients rave about this book. They find it to be an excellent compliment to the other types of ACT! training and support available to them.
New and experienced users alike will benefit from the material contained in the book because it has something to offer all types of ACT! users...everyone from the one-person business owner right up through a team of users sharing ACT! over a network.
This book is like ACT! itself: a small amount of time and investment can yield very large returns and results.

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: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Interesting but scatter-brained

As a long-time Mac user, I found this book to be extremely interesting, but the way it was written was distracting to me. Linzmayer constantly repeats himself as he tells the story of Apple's trials and tribulations, as the book is not necessarily organized chronologically. The inside facts that the author has uncovered are sometimes riveting. After reading the much-maligned Gil Amelio's self-congratulatory and sometimes whiny account of his days at Apple, it was good to get some balance from this book.
The most striking impression of this book, to me, is that Linzmayer never bypasses an opportunity to slam Steve Jobs. Jobs really comes across as a big jerk at best, and as a sneaky, dishonest backstabber at worst. Obviously, I don't know Jobs, so I can't defend or refute Lizmayer's portrayal, but the message comes through loud and clear.