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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Quicken 2005 for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Stephen L. Nelson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Personal finance software guidebooke

Quicken 2005 for Dummies is the latest edition it the Quicken for Dummies series, all editions written by Stephen L. Nelson. Nelson also wrote all editions of the QuickBooks for Dummies. Whereas Quicken focuses on personal financial record keeping, QuickBooks focuses on business accounting. If your immediate interest is taxes, you might want also to check Taxes 2005 for Dummies by the same publisher, Wiley. More than a million copies of the various editions of Quicken for Dummies have been sold, and that indicates consumer satisfaction with the book in general. It is an easy-to-use guide to the popular Quicken personal finance software.

Although focused on Quicken Premier software for Windows, Quicken 2005 for Dummies contains useful guidelines, tips, and warnings for any Quicken user. The Mac user can refer to the Quick Start card that comes with the Quicken 2005 for Mac for Mac-specific information, like backing up Quicken data and keyboard shortcuts.

After a brief introduction, the book is divided into six parts, the first providing a brief overview of the Quicken 2005 software. The basics section covers checkbooks, accessing online accounts, generating reports and charts, balancing accounts, and calculators for investments, retirements, college, and taxes. The home finance section addresses credit cards, debit cards, petty cash, mutual funds, and stocks and bonds. The business section has a chapter on payroll and one on receivables and payables. The concluding section lists frequently asked questions, with answers, and provides both finance tips and Quicken troubleshooting tips. Part 6 contains an appendix on Windows and a glossary of financial and computing terms. The book also has a detailed table of contents and an index. Introductory and basic material fill half the book; home finance and business follow for those who wish to do more than basic personal financial record keeping. A reader can jump directly to text about the specific topic or task of interest at the moment. One need not read the book from start to finish.

Like all Dummies book, Quicken 2005 has marginal icons to mark tips and warnings. Bold-face type and type changes make it easy to follow step by step, and additional text expands upon each step for the novice. The text is illustrated with corresponding screen images, but these "screens" are too small for easy reading; I have to wear my glasses to read the text but remove the glasses to read the screen images.

The author warns that moving Quicken data from a Macintosh to Windows involves exporting, and he "can think of about a million things more fun to do than exporting Quicken data from a Mac to Windows" (p. 22). That is it for Mac-specific content in this book.

Another word of caution comes from Jeffery Battersby, who in MacWorld (February 2005) reviewed Quicken 2005 software. Battersby concluded his review, "In the end, Quicken remains the hands-down best way to track your personal finances," but, he added, "Quicken's tax planner is no substitute for a trip to the accountant, especially if your tax situation is even a little bit complicated." Similarly, Quicken 2005 for Dummies is a good guide for record keeping but not a substitute for a tax accountant.

That said, Quicken 2005 for Dummies will help the Quicken 2005 user get done the job of keeping personal financial records.


Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Improving Web Application Security: Threats and Countermeasures
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent Resource but Dated (Already)

Truly useful how-to-secure your server book. Goes through locking down your OS, web server (IIS), SQL Server installation,.NET configuration, and web application do's and don'ts.Very helpful when I configured a server which I rented from a dedicated machine hosting service.Only reason for four stars rather than five, it is really based around Windows 2000 server. Needs to be updated for Windows 2003 server.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCNA 1 and 2 Companion Guide, Revised (Cisco Networking Academy Program) (3rd Edition) (Cisco Networking Academy Program)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Inc. Cisco Systems
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An Excellent Companion

Cisco seems to have made a transition from being a high performance workstation and server supplier to being a supplier of high end networking equipment. It seems like you cannot go into an Internet Service Provider without seeing at least some Cisco equipment. As such, being an authority on Cisco equipment and even more important understanding the Cisco approach to networking is a good start on employment. And the crowning achievement is the Cisco Certified Network Associate certificate.

This book is a companion to the on line course. It was written by the people who wrote the exam so it covers what you need to know to pass it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming in Ada 95 (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: John Barnes
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book for Professionals

If you really want to understand the Rationale behind Ada95, this book is a must read. It is not for beginners in programming, but experienced programmers- even if they don't know Ada - will learn a lot from this book. They will never have the same look at their favourite primary programming language, even if it is already Ada.