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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Unleashed (2nd Edition) (Unleashed)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Rand Morimoto, Kenton Gardinier, Michael Noel, Omar Droubi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
GREAT Reference!

I was looking for a reference that covered the new Volume Shadow Copy, DFS, ASR, security components, IIS, RIS for Servers, and migration from Windows NT4 and Windows 2000. After downloading about a dozen whitepapers and buying a couple other Windows .NET Server books (all of which were outdated based on beta code or something), I finally bought this book based on a recommendation from a friend who works at Microsoft.
This book has a chapter on everything! Not only did the introduction tell me about new features I was not aware of in Windows Server 2003 that I'm going to try, but the book had detailed planning and preparation information as well as step by step procedures on implementing the technologies (steps that actually WORKED with the full release (not beta) version of the operating sytsem).
This is a great book for someone who wants to understand the basics of Windows Server 2003, or for someone experienced with Windows and wants to just cut right to the details.
Excellent book!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Digital Photography and Imaging
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Peter K. Burian, Sybex
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
misleading title

this book is very very basic, most of what is covered ( software current cameras etc.)will be out of date soon. do not expect to learn anything regarding taking better pictures ( shutter speed , mastering the light meter , etc. ). if you have absolutly no idea of how - what or why regarding digital cameras then this book is for you , but if you have any knowledge then pass up on this book

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Revised Core Rulebook (Star Wars Roleplaying Game)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Authors: Bill Slavicsek, Andy Collins, J.D. Wiker, Steve Sansweet
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
The Destruction of the SWRPG

What can I say? WOC has done it again. They have gone and ruined one of the most flexible and fun role-playing games in history. If you really want to enjoy a Star Wars RPG go find West End's Edition at a used bookstore. Basically WOC has has written their there very own GURPS. D&D=GURPS Fantasy. Star Wars=any GURPS space titles. Too many rules get in the way of the story, and the story is what is really important in RPG Campaigns. Can you really have fun as a player if you have to keep referring to Alien Table 4 in the Table Annex on Page 34 in Chapter 4? No. Give me the old D6 system, good friends, and good beer.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: When Things Start to Think
Publisher: Owl Books
Authors: Gershenfeld Neil
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Recommended reading for the intelligent and curious.

When things start to think is one of the better, if not best, future-of-the-industry books of the past 12 months. First, it lacks the ego-centric writing that is the commonplace of MIT texts, which is refreshing. All too often the books coming out of MIT seem to be a self proclamation of value - "Hey, I'm important and cool, and so is my work". Gersenfeld, on the other hand, let's his work do the talking. He openly questions the appropriateness of some of his projects, and shows a
real-world appreciation of what it means to bring product to market with his "1 dollar rule" for additive technology. With the exception of a few chapters at the end of the book, it is highly readable for all people of all professions, and is a refreshing new way of approaching old issues. It also reads at times like a collection of essays, so while you will want to read it in a linear fashion, it is easy to pick up, read, put down, and pick up again. You'll find yourself wanting to do that again and again, allowing your own ideas to digest and grow.