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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Contractor's Guide to Quickbooks Pro 2004
Publisher: Craftsman Book Company
Authors: Karen Mitchell, Craig Savage, Jim Erwin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A step-by-step walk-through for QuickBooks Pro

Karen Mitchell, Craig Savage, and Jim Erwin are expert contractors and an accountants who are experienced users of QuickBooks Pro. They combine their experience and expertise in Contractor's Guide To QuickBooks Pro 2004 to provide the contractor and architectural community with a step-by-step walk-through for QuickBooks Pro -- the computer software program designed to simplify and expedite routine paperwork in a construction office, ranging from keeping track of bank balances, to sending out invoices and payroll checks, to paying suppliers and subcontractors, to tracking job costs, to comparing estimated and actual costs, and a great deal more. Highly recommended for professionals in the trade, black-and-white screen shots nicely illustrate this succinct and easy-to-follow user's manual which is enhanced with an accompanying CD.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network+ Study Guide, 4th Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: David Groth, Toby Skandier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book!

I just passed the Network+ (N10-002) exam with a 780/900 and I only used this book. It is easy to read and great at explaining the concepts. I would highly recommend this book to anyone planning on taking the revised Network+ test over the 2002 objectives.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning JavaScript Second Edition
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Paul Wilton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best if kept on your Desk at all times

You won't be ashamed to have this "Beginning" book on display on your desk. It's easy to use and very descriptive. Plenty of examples and they work! After buying this book I thought I would upgrade after a few weeks but I was wrong... I still use this manual.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: As the Future Catches You: How Genomics & Other Forces Are Changing Your Life, Work, Health & Wealth
Publisher: Crown Business
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5

The most telling phrase was in the afterword: "I apologize for simplifying so many debates and concepts." At least he knew what he was doing.
I found this to be a turbulent stream of factoids, hero worship, and incomplete ideas. The author seems not to distinguish between opening a discussion and failing to finish a thought. The quantitative statements are sometimes incorrect - his decimal points seem to wander as much as the rest of the presentation.
Visually, the text is a mess. Maybe he wanted it to look lively and creative, instead of putting the life into the text itself. His typographic "creativity" tops out around the Crayola level, though. It's what I'd expect of someone who just discovered all those cool controls over fonts, sizes, layout, etc., but has not yet discovered they don't all need to be used on any one page. In fact, this typography interferes with a good reader's perceptual habits. I actually like aggressive use of type, like some of David Carson's - but Carson brings visual competence to the page.
The one graph (p.147) is uninformative even by USA Today standards. It would probably have Tufte spinning in his grave. (As far as I know, Tufte is alive as of this writing - that graph might well kill him.)
Toffler's 'Future Shock' needs continuous replacement, because the future keeps getting here and keeps being something we didn't expect. I'm glad to see people writing about the ever-changing future. I welcome thoughtful, communicative visual presentations. This book just doesn't give me either.