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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Practical Radio Frequency Test and Measurement : A Technician's Handbook
Publisher: Newnes
Authors: Joseph Carr
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Outstanding!


As contributing editor and technical consultant to Mobile Radio Technology magazine I try to keep up with the latest books on radio and RF in general. I have never seen a Joe Carr book that was anything less than very good. This one is excellent. He knows the subject matter and writes in a practical, down-to-earth way that technicians can relate to. If you need to increase you knowledge of RF this book is for you. I highly recommend it! Harold Kinley (WA4GIB).



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering Windows Server 2003
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Christa Anderson, Michele Beveridge, C. A. Callahan, Lisa Justice
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Massive Orientation on What Counts


Mastering Windows Server 2003 is an exceptionally well written reference and 2000/2003 orientation. Do not be influenced by the few negative reviews seen here on Amazon. I picked this text up at Thacker Ray's and spent nearly a half hour with it before leaving the store. I liked this manuscripts clean, conversational approach to problem solving and feature implementation. This is one book you can read with pleasure from cover to cover.
The book excels as a technical reference as well, giving the reader pertinent information quickly, with proper examples and possible difficulties. I especially appreciated the comprehensive coverage of DNS and AD which must take up more than 400 pages in all.
If you are looking for an enjoyable read, detailed concept tutorial and an outstanding reference, then look no further. My only regret is that I did not notice Mark Minasi's Windows XP and Server 2003 Resource Kit before purchasing this manual. If I would have known of the kits availability I would have purchased that instead.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Digital Wedding Photography
Publisher: Muska & Lipman/Premier-Trade
Authors: Paul Gero
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Number ONE on my list for Wedding Photo Books


The first thing one notices about Paul Gero 's new book, Digital Wedding Photography, is the stunning photographs. It's not just that they are stunning; you'd expect a book about photography to have good photographs. These images have a certain quality: a freshness, they are real, exuberant. You know these moments are not staged, made to look romantic, like a fashion shoot or a pretend wedding. Yet, every photograph evokes beauty and emotion. It's more than composition, though that is impeccable, no unnecessary information but the essentials. They are about life, a real story.
On the practical side the book is well organized starting with equipment, then discusses organizing your shoot and yourself to actually photograph a wedding. Gero talks about what makes a great photograph, the different styles and approaches. Chapter three and four goes over what events make up a wedding day and what to look for and organize your story around visually. He emphasizes the art of visual storytelling, discussing the broad strokes as well as the details. Sprinkled thorough out are technical tips and tricks that he has learned and developed over the years.
As a long time photojournalist now doing wedding photography myself, Gero's first four chapters were an affirmation of the fine work being done in this growing field of documentary wedding photography. What I needed was a bit of technical help. I went digital two years ago and every day I learn something new. The second half of Digital Wedding Photography filled a HUGE bill on the technical side and I have poured over the advice and step-by-step walk-through techniques. With each new technique I found myself saying, "So that's how you do that!" It sure beats my trial and error method. I began using his tips immediately.
In the last year or so I have bought at least 8 books and guides to wedding photography. Some good, others not so helpful. Paul Gero's book is most definitely number one on my list. Enthusiastically agree with reviewer DJL.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: TCP/IP Protocol Suite
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
Authors: Behrouz A Forouzan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Clearly Written so even I could Understand it.


TCP/IP is the language of the Internet and this book is its grammer. Although I think this book was intended primarily to be a college textbook, I'm not in school. I just was assigned a project to do some software requiring a direct interface to TCP/IP. I found this book to be exactly what I needed.

The book uses a very visual approach that allows you to quickly find the subject areas you need. Then the key points are put into boxes, kind of like someone has gone through with a hi-lighter to emphasize the critical points. These enabled me to skip rapidly through the points I knew about to get to the areas where I needed detail.

This book further is one of the best written and more clearly describes this rather technical subject in clear English words that even a simple programmer can understand.

This is the third edition, it covers some of the newer protocols like SCTP. Exceeding well done book.