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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Cisco Networking Academy Program HP IT Essentials I : PC Hardware and Software Companion Guide (2nd Edition) (Cisco Networking Academy Program Series)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Inc. Cisco Systems, Inc. ABC
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Cisco lends a helping hand to the new folks of the IT world.


At first glance, I was a little shocked to see Cisco Press publish a book titled, I.T. Essentials 1: PC Hardware and Software Companion Guide. After all, this is a company in which its name is synonymous with routers and switches. However, this book is intended for those folks who are just starting out in the I.T. world and those of who are attending an Authorized Cisco Network Academy. That does not mean that you have to be a student of an Academy to grasp the practices and concepts packed in this guide.
This book was designed for individuals who want to understand the workings of a computer, both hardware and software. I.T. Essentials 1 does a great job in covering the basics of computers while teaching you how to prevent, maintain, and troubleshoot both hardware and software issues. The companion guide is laid out in the normal Cisco Press fashion we have grown accustom to - starting out with the chapter objectives and ending with a chapter summary and "Check Your Understanding" review questions.
As expected, I.T. Essentials 1 is packed with screenshots, figures, and diagrams to help illustrate the information clearly. For those of you who wish to pursue their A+ certification, this book will not disappoint you. All thirteen chapters are dedicated to help you achieve your CompTIA A+ certification.
The accompanied CD-ROM contains three test engines as well as interactive labs, videos, and PhotoZooms. For individuals studying for the CompTIA A+ exam, supplemental material includes a certification map that correspond the books chapters to the A+ exam objectives.
One thing I did find disappointing with the book was the organization, you're the lack there of. The chapters appear to be in no particular order. I found myself jumping around from one topic to the next and then back again. However, this would hardly be a reason not to purchase this book.
In the end, I felt Cisco Press; et al did a great job in relaying the information clearly. Weather you are a student at an Authorized Cisco Network Academy, an individual just starting out in the I.T. world, or someone who is studying for their CompTIA A+ certification I.T. Essentials 1: PC Hardware and Software Companion Guide will not disappoint you.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Could have been a little better


The boss strategies are relativley good. It may be a Narrative walkthrough but still its an RPG guide, it could have been organized. Next is, the bestiary is a bit confusing to read. I can't keep looking at the legend to find out what all of these f***ing symbols mean. I'm sorry but this guide has some errors. But it really helps when your stuck, and has a good walkthrough. It kinda lets on to the ending though with that ending coment. You should use this guide as you go through the game or get it afterwards.



Product: Book - Turtleback
Title: Layout Index: Brochure, Web Design, Poster, Flyer, Advertising, Page Layout, Newsletter, Stationery Index
Publisher: North Light Books
Authors: Jim Krause
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An invaluable design resource


No writer is immune to writer's block. No designer is immune to designer's block. This book isn't an "answer book". It's more like an "inspiration book". Leafing through it will rattle your memory banks and get your imagination moving again if your brain is frazzled from thinking too long and too hard about layout. It's an instant brainstorm. It's great.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Bill Hatfield
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Introduction to ASP.NET


I bought this book based on the amount of positive reviews other buyers have left. I have to say, they are correct. This is an excellent book for those wanting to get started with ASP.NET and Visual Basic.NET!!