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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Snort Cookbook
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Angela D. Orebaugh, Simon Biles, Jacob Babbin
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
rules are the core of Snort


The core of this book is the chapter on Rules and Signatures. Snort is renowned for its rule language and its vast flexibility. It is a reasonably high level "script" that seems more declarative than procedural. Ok, I'm speaking a little figuratively, but if you scan the rules, you might see what I mean. The chapter explains how to build rules of varying levels of complexity, depending on your needs. One neat trait is the profuse range of options for detecting traffic around the machine running Snort.

Of course and inevitably, the default rules base has grown and it is regularly updated. Currently, these defaults number some 3000, and few sysadmins have the expertise to understand all of them. So one recipe tells you how to get and run an updater program (Oinkmaster). Though you are cautioned about letting it change your rules automatically.

Other recipes expand upon the rule scope in interesting ways, like looking for p2p or Instant Messaging traffic. You might be responsible for a corporate network that bans these, perhaps. Here is a simple way to show a supervisor how you can stay on top of the problem.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential System Administration, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Æleen Frisch
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great for beginning SysAdmins


Discusses most of the essential aspects of System Administrating in easy to understand, not filled with technical jargon language. Helps to grasp most of the topics and gives great possibility to start investigating some aspect of UNIX System Administrating



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft® Excel 2000 Power Programming with VBA
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: John Walkenbach
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Keep looking for another book


I got this book from a co-worker, who got it from another co-worker, who got it from a third coworker. None of like this book. No one wants the book back. Yes, we're all skilled users. None of us would be considered novice Office users. I intend to get rid of it. I think it's company property or I'd offer to give it away. The example I tried to follow, using a List Box, was incorrect. The references did follow the actual List Box properties. There were significant discrepancies. In short, the example could not work. So, keep looking. There must be something better out there.
If I find it I'll let you know.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mobile and Wireless Design Essentials
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Martyn Mallick, Martyn Mallick
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Delivers what it promises -Great overview of Mobile Industry


This book delivers a comprehensive look at mobile computing. It gives an overview of devices, networks and security before going in depth on designing applications. It is not a book that has source code for techies, but rather is a perfect reference for people who are looking to learn about mobile and wireless. It saved me hour after hour of research from sometimes questionable Internet sources.