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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PC Hardware in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Robert Bruce Thompson, Barbara Fritchman Thompson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An outstanding book on the 'innards' of a PC


This is an excellent comprehensive guide to the insides of the PC. There's a chapter on each component (motherboards, memory, processors, hard drives, CD-drives, you name it). For each component the authors describe and explain in detail what it does, how it works, how to install/config, the different types, preferred models and much other relevant info. It's very well-written, too; no time spent wondering what the authors are trying to say. I'd been looking for a book like this for quite awhile: a comprehensive PC 'innards' book done in the O'Reilly Nutshell style. I've been poking thru it almost every day since I got it. And I am SO much smarter at work... :]



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Applied Cryptography: Protocols, Algorithms, and Source Code in C, Second Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Bruce Schneier
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
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is there any twofish implementation in this books. I want to look for the implementation and i haven't got it yet



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Establishing a System of Policies and Procedures
Publisher: Project Management Institute
Authors: Stephen Page
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Ideas, Excellent Thoughts


If I were running a two-person business I would still find this book to shallw to have any value. The fact that the author claims that there is a set number of data elements that a policy needs to collect despite the situation is ridiculous. For someone looking to orgainze thousands of policies in a complex organization this book was completely useless.
There are some other philosophies that I believe are completely off base. Like the idea that policies are related to your processes? Huh? Policies are supposed to dictate behavior, not process. What process is associated with the policy forbidding employees to limit personal phone calls?
There are some other things in this book that are just plain funny. At the beginning of his book he lays out some conventions. He explains that throughout the book he will use "he" instead of "the more cumbersome he/she." Then in the same paragraph he states that he will use "President/CEO" to decsibe the head of the company. Why not just use CEO or President? Is it OK to alienate half the human race based upon sex, but not a handful of CEOs that don't want to be referred to as President?



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced .NET Remoting (C# Edition)
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Ingo Rammer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Feeling ?remote? learning .net remoting? Buy this book!


Unlike the "advanced" books from other publishers which leave you wondering where is the "professional" and "advanced " stuff, this book gives you perhaps 90% of what you might ever want to know about .NET remoting. Basically, Ingo starts where Microsoft has left it in the documentation. Trying to figure out how remoting works without this book will be hopeless. Ingo is very honest too - he mentions not only the advantages of the .net remoting, but the shortcomings as well, which demonstrates his immense technical experience. Hopefully, we will see more books from Ingo covering other advanced .NET topics.