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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Authors: Katie Hafner
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
It leaves out the hype but tells a coherent history


This is one of the best books on the history of the Internet I have found. It doesn't make incredibly grandiose and silly statements and it is written in a very clear, straightforward manner. Focusing largely on the early days of the Internet, especially BBN's role in creating the original ARPANET, this book is a pleasant blend of character portraits and technical material, though it is somewhat light on the technical apsects. Still it spent less time than other computer history books on hiring and firing and other rather boring junk.
My only gripe with this book is that it peters out right about 1990 and flies over the modern Internet with too little detail. Perhaps that story is best told in a follow-up book.
I highly recommend it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Tricks of the Windows Game Programming Gurus
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Andre Lamothe
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
This book is a BIG disappointment


After Black Art of 3D Game programming and Windows Game Programming for Dummies, he updated his work in an amazing new book. If you need more about 3D Fundamentals, buy Black Art 3D too, and remember to read the ALL the book and the docs.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Inmates Are Running the Asylum : Why High Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Alan Cooper
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Mostly a rant


From the first page this book shows itself to be the product of a lot of anger and not much thought or fact. The example of the American Airlines crash is glib and incorrect - 'pilot error' has not been given as a reason for a crash in many years. Similar problems occur thoughout the book - developers are lying when they say that something is technically difficult, using a knob rather than buttons is the answer to everything, design without regard to cost is the only way to do it. There are some ideas there but anything by Donald Norman is better. Like Clifford Stoll in "High tech Heretic" the author mistakes opinion for fact, and generalises with abandon. Yes, products are often poorly designed but all products are designed within constraints and ignoring them does not negate them.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SAP NetWeaver For Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Dan Woods, Jeffrey Word
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good to just get an overview


I find this book useful as a starting base to understand what's Netweaver all about. From there, you can then do your own in depth research or further studies.

Good as an overview and introductory book.