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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCNA Self-Study : Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices (ICND) 640-811, 640-801 (2nd Edition) (CCNA Self-Study)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Stephen McQuerry, Inc. Cisco Systems
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great Read!!!

After reading the Second Edition I can honestly say that it will prepare you for the ICND test. I think the first edition was written for a different test and even though the information is there you have to really dig to get to it(sorry Mr Odom). It is well illustrated and the IOS screens are very clear and easy to read.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Publisher: Anchor
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5

So OK, I'm one of those people that has to read the book all the way through. I can't stop reading something once I've started because then it would be like some kind of defeat or something. And with this book I had gotten into a big discussion with my brother about whether I would really read it or if I was just clicking away on Amazon at things that I might like but wasn't really, really interested in. So I had something to prove. The upshot is that I wanted to stop reading this book but I couldn't, so it started to annoy me. I liked the subject a lot and I think the author's style was very accessible, his writing was "readable", as they say. What annoyed me unfortunately was his enthusiasm. At times he would strive to point out what geniuses these guys were and how their contribution changed the course of history and how cryptography is this great unheralded scientific and cultural discipline. Alright already, I get it. It's all so amazing. Got it. I can see that the men and women that made great strides in cryptography had minds that worked in "special" ways. I enjoyed hearing the stories. It just got old in the end and the world of cryptography started to seem less like spies and covert-Op's and more like a Trekkie convention.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Access Cookbook, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Ken Getz, Paul Litwin, Andy Baron
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Access Cookbook Quick Analysis

I am an MS Access developer for an architectural firm in Washington DC. In evaluating the MS Access cookbook, I will first offer what I liked about it and then what I didn't like. First, I liked HOW it was written. Other reviewers have commented on the ease of understanding acquired from such a complex topic, viz, one of computer programming and the Problem-Solution-Discussion framework approach in which the book was written and I agree. The book is written in a fashion that makes it very easy to grasp MS Access programming concepts. I also thought there was a diversity of topics covered which will (or should) stimulate the reader into tapping into his/her own creative potential when using Access. What I did NOT like about the book was that I thought it lacked overall practicality. While some of the topics discussed were practical answers to real programming issues in MS Access, I thought that most of the book was impractical for typical business operations. Perhaps another chapter could be added to the book that offered MORE practical solutions for small business. Would I have purchased the book had I known what I now know about it? Yes I would and that strongly suggests the book is worth purchasing. I believe that all books are the same relative to knowledge - no one book has all the answers. You read a variety of books and pull the bits and pieces that you like from each one to create an intrapersonal, collaborative framework of knowledge and wisdom. The MS Access cookbook is just that. A book from which you pull a few practical bits of programmming to add to your own repository of knowledge.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Numerical Recipes in Fortran
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Authors: William H. Press, Brian P. Flannery, Saul A. Teukolsky, William T. Vetterling
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Easy read about numerical processes

I purchased the "Numerical Recipes The art of Scientific Computing" to learn more about implementing Fourier transforms into my programming applications. I hit the jackpot with this series of books. The companion workbook "Numerical recipes, Routines and Examples in BASIC" provides examples of BASIC code in a printed format. A BASIC (IBM) diskette will save a lot of time typing. Ordering information is provided in the back of the book for obtaining the accessories. The "Numerical Recipes The art of Scientific Computing" series is also available in Pascal and C programming language flavors. This book series is the mother lode for paste-in numerical data reduction and processing routines.