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Product: Book - Spiral-bound
Title: Exploring Microsoft Office 2003 Volume 1 (The Exploring Office Series)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Robert T. Grauer, Maryann Barber
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
An Extended Handbook to Microsoft Office.

EXPLORING MICROSOFT OFFICE 2003 VOLUME 1 is a textbook that is basically an extended handbook on Microsoft Office. The book has what I would consider six major sections: basics of Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, the Internet and the world wide web, and some essential computing concepts. The sections dealing with Windows, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint contain all kinds of helpful hands-on exercises. The Internet and essential computing concepts sections don't have quite as many exercises and contain a little more book rather than hands-on knowledge. To be completely honest, this book is rather boring to read and work through on one's own. However, when used in conjuncture with a class, it makes a great tool.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Quick Start - Yes

I did alot of research on HTML books before choosing this one. I have had many years experiance in sytems administration but have done only a little programming. I have just finished the book in 5 days and found it extremely easy to follow - the layout is clear and the examples are straight forward and to the point. I don't know what a beginner means, but if you are at the point where you want to start writing in HTML, then this is a great place to start. I hope I'm as lucky with Java !

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Computer Forensics : Incident Response Essentials
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Warren G. Kruse II, Jay G. Heiser
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good Introduction to Computer Forensics Investigations

This book is a couple years old now, but the fundamentals remain essentially the same. Kruse and Heiser are seasoned experts in computer forensics and incident response and they have managed to boil down years of knowledge and experience into a format that is easy to read and understand. While security experts may not learn anything new from this book, those entering the field will find it invaluable. It is comprehensive and detailed while remaining easy to read. The foundation provided by reading and understanding this book can be used to move forward into more technical areas. Computer Forensics is not fluff by any means though and could easily be kept nearby as a handy reference for a computer forensic investigation.

Tony Bradley is a consultant and writer with a focus on network security, antivirus and incident response. He is the About.com Guide for Internet / Network Security (http://netsecurity.about.com), providing a broad range of information security tips, advice, reviews and information. Tony also contributes frequently to other industry publications. For a complete list of his freelance contributions you can visit Essential Computer Security (http://www.tonybradley.com).

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCNP BSCI Exam Certification Guide (CCNP Self-Study, 642-801), Third Edition
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Clare Gough
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
won't rehash others good and bad, so far...

I am doing the CCNP recert. My biggest weakness is getting hands on. I have some 2500 and switches, so the simulations will be very helpful. I am also using along with it the labs from All in one for doing the hands on.

Same for the switch book by Hucaby. I am taking the 642-891 around mid May in case I fail I can mount a retest.

By now anyway if doing recerts, I am using both the Diane Teare and Gough book and other Cisco books.