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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning UNIX Operating System, Fifth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jerry Peek, Grace Todino-Gonguet, John Strang
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Learning The UNIX Operating System

As a PC (DOS/Windows) person my whole life, I was looking for a "newbie" explanation of UNIX for a web class I was about to take. This did the job perfectly, and is small enough to carry in my briefcase for fast reference. It could have gone a bit deeper with only a few more pages, but for what I wanted, it was (and is) great.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Starting an eBay Business for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Marsha Collier
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not helpfull

This book is very vague...I thought that she would give somekind of paperwork/computer/method of organizing and keeping track of things, but she glosses over (in my opnion) the details that one needs to become a powerseller! You'll probably see my copy up for sale on ebay soon!

Product: Book -
Title: eBay Secrets : How to create Internet auction listings that make 30% more money while selling every item you list
Authors: Steven Ellis White, Bryon Krug
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
GOOD 4 Beginners\VERY LITTLE for Experienced (POWERSELLERS)

For Beginners you will learn stuff like
Earning feedback
His methods of Selling
Create the perfect title
Start all auctions at a $1.00 etc.......
Charge enough flat-rate shipping to cover all your fees
Hosting your own photos etc......
He gives you 3 ok Templates for emails
His method of buying stuff to sell, which is nothing new
Buy in bulk on eBay and resell, fee markets etc....
Gives a few links to some ok places
Everything he had in here MOST Experienced POWERSELLERS, know or do a little better.

OK, hear my PRAISE there was one link in here that made it worth the [money] it was for Mr. Poster - post listings all at the same time in bulk or you can schedule them (scheduling them cost a little bit of money and half the price of eBay)

Hope this helps people make there minds.

Under 1 year on eBay - I say get this
Experienced POWERSELLER - only got one good site that you might have already. But like I said that one site is going to save me money on scheduling listing.


Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: IT Systems Management: Designing, Implementing, and Managing World-Class Infrastructures
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Rich Schiesser
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Complete coverage of critical processes

This book provides sorely needed guidance for developing and implementing system management processes that will assure reliability, availability and support. The topics that this book addresses that are not found in any other I've read include:* Production acceptance criteria - this topic covers the critical boundary between development or projects, and operations. The value of employing the book's approach to production acceptance is that applications and systems will be brought into production in a carefully controlled manner that ensures all operations is fully prepared to provide the level of support required by the business. * Acknowledgement of the importance of facilities management, which is almost always overlooked until problems arise. * One of the most comprehensive and well thought out collections of checklists I've ever encountered. The checklists provided in the book cover every aspect of systems management, ranging from staffing profiles, key issues in infrastructure support processes, to capacity planning. The checklists alone are worth many times the price of the book.* Linking change control (a rare topic itself) to configuration management. I specialize in these two areas and can attest that the author's treatment is accurate and reflect best practices.* Special considerations for web-enabled environments. Finally we have material that updates traditional management and support processes to reflect challenges of web-based computing. The tried and true methods many of us learned from mainframe environments impeded the meeting of business goals in web-based environments. This book gives advice that is useful and provides a foundation for evolving processes to meet these unique challenges.
I also like the way each topic is explored by starting simple and expanding into details that are examined for strengths and weaknesses. The net result is an understanding of all factors and issues, including many subtle ones that would have required iterations of trial and error to get right. Most importantly the author stayed focused on processes and best practices, leaving system management products to authors of books for a much narrower audience. This, in my opinion, greatly increases the value of the book and makes it applicable to anyone who is part of the system management or service delivery process. My only complaint, and it is minor, is the lack of a web site or accompanying CD ROM with the invaluable checklists and tools in electronic format.