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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Wi-Foo : The Secrets of Wireless Hacking
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Andrew Vladimirov, Konstantin V. Gavrilenko, Andrei A. Mikhailovsky
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Definitive source on wireless security

Even though it's highly technical and requires frequent interaction with the laptop to test out the utilities described by the authors, I got intrigued by it. It is very easy to read, although the information discussed is fairly advanced. The first half of the book largely looks at the network from the point of view of the attacker, while the second deals with defending the network.

If you do security consulting for living, the appendices are also quite nice, with checklists and interesting trivia on wireless security issues. I interviews the authors (...) about their affinity towards Linux/BSD systems in testing and managing networks, and they expressed strong preference for free and highly configurable tools instead of proprietary products (which are not necessarily bad).

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional Assembly Language (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Richard Blum
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Product for the Linux User Interested in Assembly

I have been searching for a resource to assist me in learning assembly language for a long time. I purchased a couple books but they only focus on linux in a mininmal way. Linux is the primary focus of this book. I have found this book the best assembly book for a linux user to learn assembly.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Unix Power Tools, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Shelley Powers, Tim O'Reilly, Mike Loukides
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If you can only afford one book on Unix, this is the one

I do not know about you, but for me, a book has to be pretty darn exceptional to persuade me to buy a second edition of a book which I already own the first. Unix Power Tools is one such book. It is simply packed with tons of useful tips which the authors have accumulated over decades of using Unix, and is a sort of `crème de la crème' of O'Reilly reference books.

Praise aside, the book is not for everyone. It is an intermediate level reference, not an introductory tutorial. If your problems are like "How do I delete a file?", you should read something else first, get acquainted with Unix, and then return to it. If, however, the questions you face are more like "How do I delete a file with a null name?", then this is exactly the book for you. Unless there is a real Unix wizard around you, this book is likely to earn you this title in your environment.

The second edition focuses on POSIX systems rather than on SysV/BSD, uses Bash and Tcsh instead of Sh, Ksh and Csh, and has moved from Awk to Perl. The two-colour printing is gone, though. Fortunately, the superb index - one of the best I have seen - is still here, and so are the cross-references in the text. Accompanying CD-ROM might be essential if you are living in the mountains of Tajikistan, but anybody connected to the Internet will probably prefer to download newer versions of software on-line.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Professional Step-By- Step.
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Michael Halvorson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great book for learning the basics of Programming.

The author of this book is not only a computer programmer but also a professor. He knows how to teach.
Most computer programmers can not express themselves clearly and for that reason students have hard time understanding new concepts.
Michael is a very, very diffrent instructor. He makes everything easy and clear. I strongly recommend his book to all of those who wish to learn basic concepts of Visual Basic.
Peter Petrovich yurosh@aol.com