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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Elements of User Experience: User-Centered Design for the Web
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jesse James Garrett
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
If you have limited budget, skip it.


Ok, tons of books on user experience, UI desing, IA, etc....So if you have limited budget, then I suggest trying out some other books.
It has some interesting and useful stuff. Book is tries to be "theoretical", but it doesn't quite work.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCNA Certification Library (CCNA Self-Study, exam #640-801)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Wendell Odom
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book! 4.5 is more appropriate


For what it is for, this book is great. And it is also one of the easiest to follow technical books I have ever read.

INTRO gives you a great overview of OSI layer 1-4 and 7. Session and Presentation layer were not covered as much as other layers. Mostly used protocols on each layer were explained well though some of the protocols need more work such as SNMP. Cabling is also covered in the intro book which is good.
ICND starts to pick up pace. STP, routing protocols, advanced routing, advanced tcp/ip, and wan technologies are covered in this book which could get you a little frustrated if you are a beginner. Keep at it and you will be fine. Do not give up.

There are some typos (honestly not that many) so go to book's website and get a list of erratas. I agree with some other reviews that the book does not cover everthing that could be on the exam but you should pass the exam with only these 2 books if you thorougly understand everything. For example, OSPF DR BDR and neighboring relationship are not covered very well.

For sim questions, make sure you remember VLAN, RIP, OSPF, EIGRP, NAT, and dynamic NAT configurations cold. These will be on the exam. At the mean time, you could spend less time on frame relay and ISDN configs because I think the chances of those showing up as your sim question is almost 0.

Good luck on your exam



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide (O'Reilly Networking)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Matthew Gast, Matthew S. Gast
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If you get one WLAN book, make it this one!


I literally have the vast majority of books in print right now on wireless networking/802.11 and I can honestly say that this book is one of the top three (3) that you should have. I have taken many informational and certification classes on Wi-Fi or the 802.11x standard. The vast majority of them come right out of this book! It is written in a style that, even though it is highly technical at times, it is an easy read. Plus, this is all the technical information you could ever want and more! This will be a well and oft used reference if you work in this field. Like I said, if you have to get just one WLAN book, get this one!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux Bible, 2005 Edition
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Christopher Negus
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
This is the REAL Linux Bible!


This book is great. I found it at Barnes and Noble and read through it. It looked perfect so I bought it off of Amazon. This book includes everything you need to get started with Linux. The Distros, and of course the book. The only problem I have is it is not really a read from beginning to end book. Chapter 2 begins the Shell prompt whereas Part 3 actually contains the chapters of how to install, etc.