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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If you got the game, get this book!


Contained within the pages of this paper back is not just strategy but wisdom as well. This paper back will keep you alive and then some!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Active Directory, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Alistair G. Lowe-Norris, Robbie Allen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent in depth info! Not for the newbie.


I have to agree with the majority of the reviewers that this is a wonderful book. A must read for serious 2000 Admins.
In response to the previous two bad reviews...
To the one who thought it was too technical. The reading would be hard to get through if you didn't have a solid background in Microsoft networking and Windows 2000 Server. If you don't know what a domain is, this book is not for you. If you don't understand what objects are, this book is not for you. Explaining that stuff would be a waste of time for the targeted audience. This book is not "Active Directory for Dummies" if such a thing even exists. This book assumes, as it should, that you have the base knowledge required to understand the depths of AD. I already had my 2000 MCSE before I even picked up this one. (For AD basics to intermediate skills, I used the Osborne book Windows 2000 Directory Services Administration. Another great book! **EDIT 7/24/02** Amazon has the title of this book mistyped as "Windows 2000 Directory Services Infrastructure". A couple of people have e-mailed me about having problems finding the book. The direct link is http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/007212380X/)
This is not a beginner's manual. This is an in depth approach to AD, and does a wonderful job.
As for the one who said the book was based on RC 3. There were some changes from RC3 to the release version of Active Directory. However, this book has had at least 3 reprints with updates, and this has been mostly corrected in the version I have, dated November 2000 (I believe this is the most recent reprint)... That is a VERY short list for a techinical book.
If you're clueless when it comes to Microsoft networking and the basics of Windows 2000, don't pick this one up. If you know Microsoft networking and Windows 2000, this book is a MUST READ!!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Peopleware : Productive Projects and Teams, 2nd Ed.
Publisher: Dorset House Publishing Company, Incorporated
Authors: Tom Demarco, Timothy Lister
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A pool of knowledge and experience


I bought this book because is one of the most cited references in Steve McConnell's Rapid Development and also because people factors are, as McConnell points out, the most infuencing factors over productivity on any software development project. DeMarco and Lister have recorded their experience in people management issues in a surprising thin book, each part and chapter follow a well laid sequence of steps that are focused on specific issues and, in parallel, the book is full of useful data extracted from studies.
This combined with a pleasant writting style has produced a book easy to read (I read it on a weekend) that has make me think a lot about many things that people with responsability over other people must keep in view at all times. It was nice to view my professional experience on the matter reflected on its pages. I think that is a book that must be read by the entire chain of command in every company that wish to make software development profitable.
If you are or want to be a manager this book is doubtlessly for you even if your company or field of expertise is not the software development.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions, Fourth Edition (Hacking Exposed)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Stuart McClure, Joel Scambray, George Kurtz
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
RUBBISH


I had so much fun hacking my own servers, and exploiting all the lesser known security flaws. I highly recommend this book even for the experienced administrator.