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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: e-Learning and the Science of Instruction : Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning
Publisher: Pfeiffer
Authors: Ruth Colvin Clark, Richard E. Mayer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

THIS is the book I have been looking for! It seems that most of the other books on e-learning start with instructional design principles and cover basic HTML and multimedia aspects of moving a course to the web. This book covered researched principles on what on the web helps and hurts learning. Although I do recommend learning instructional design as a starting point for all your on-line classes, this book will be invaluable when it comes to deciding how to present the content.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Quicken 2005 The Official Guide (Quicken: The Official Guide)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Maria Langer
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not much depth

As an "official" guide, you would think that this was a definitive source of information to help with the many esoteric challenges that Quicken presents. As powerful and mature as Quicken is, it still suffers from an enormous number of quirks, particularly as it relates to on-line connectivity with banks and brokerages. This books simply does not proceed past the basic operation of each function and does nothing to help you fix or mitigate problems with share balances or, for that matter, how to really move to paperless financial management. You either need to endure Quicken's minor irritations, find another source of information, spend money to talk with someone at Quicken, or tinker endlessly. I was looking for some in-depth help and insight. It's simply not here.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Certification Guide
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: A. Anthony Bruno, Anthony Bruno
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good introduction

This book should not be relied upon soley as a study guide for the CCIE written test...I wish I had heeded the warning the author makes in his initial chapter which highlights this fact. Having said that, this book would be more suited to those taking the routing component of the CCNA/CCNP. Make sure you follow the references the author highlights at the end of each chapter as well as studying the guides at CCO. The main study for the CCIE written should be CCO, RFC's, Doyle's two volumes on routing TCP/IP and Kennedy-Clarke's volume on LAN Switching. My advice is that after you've digested these volumes/sources - read them until the subject matter of the CCIE Written blueprint becomes second nature.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
great strategy guide but lacking in a couple areas. . .

This is a great strategy guide. It covers everything that one would want to know, like how to get to certain places in the game, how to get items that one would have otherwise missed and how to effectively and efficiently do mini quests and games. This guide has all this but one thing that it seems to have missed the point was on the sections on how to beat bosses. Every time one needs to know how to beat a certain boss they get a overly complicated somewhat twisted explaination which can be frusterating (especially for beginners). Other than that (which is a major part of any strategy guide) this it is a great and useful item to have and first timers and rookies will appreciate it and will have a memorable experience and will defianately continue playing other Square RPG's. While this is great for beginners I believe that a true RPG player (such as myslef) will have no trouble at all playing and finishing FF7, it is still useful in some areas. If however one does not find a simple and efficient method to kill the weapons then go to Ron's RPG Homepage. There one will have the advantage over the rest.