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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network+ Study Guide, 4th Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: David Groth, Toby Skandier
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
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I can only give this book a lukewarm recommendation since it appears to be very outdated even through it was recently published. Most examples and discussion were on Windows 95/98 and NT 4.0. Hardly any mention of Windows 2000 and almost none for Windows XP except the in the lab. Also almost no coverage of Linux/Unix. Finally, the book is not very well organized and covers the same material in multiple chapters.
The virtual lab supplied with the CD in the book is probably the best part and provides some value for beginners but is too simple for most students taking Network+.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Security+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Gregory White
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not Adequate!

I took the Security+ exam and passed the first time.

For a study guide, I used the All in One for Security+. The guide is inadequate in that in completely omits some popular test subjects while going into too much detail on other items. If I depended on this one source solely, I probably would not have passed. Thank God I had the Sybex CISSP book to help me through!

In retrospect, I can understand the recommendation to use many sources because you might be missing important test topics if you don't. When taking the exam, the questions I had trouble with were ones that were nowhere to be found in any of the study materials I used. Even if I had memorized the entire "All in One" book, or had it in my lap when taking the exam, it would not have helped me on some of the questions.

In sum, if you depend on the "All in One" for Security+, it is likely you will have a hard time passing even if you memorize the book cover to cover. My advice - use another source or many other sources.

Good Luck!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Rick Sammon's Complete Guide to Digital Photography: 107 Lessons on Taking, Making, Editing, Storing, Printing, and Sharing Better Digital Images
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Authors: Rick Sammon
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Great Book for Anyone New to Digital Photography

Here is a book that truly is a "complete guide to digital photography". It covers all the bases and does so in a friendly and easy to understand way. A gallery of several hundred color photographs complements and reinforces the text. On each page, the author informs the reader what to do and then shows the results using interesting photographs he has captured from his travels around the world. Each page is an instructional `show and tell, tell and show'. This is a great book by a noted photographer and writer. To the publisher's credit the book is well designed, printed on quality paper, and the reproductions of photographs are of the highest quality.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginner's Guide to DarkBASIC Game Programming
Publisher: Muska & Lipman/Premier-Trade
Authors: Jonathan S. Harbour, Joshua R. Smith
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good book for a begginer

This book, I believe has been purchased by the wrong people. The book clearly states that it is a begginers guide and never prettended to be anything else. It basicly fills in the huge gaps from the manual. DarkBasic claims to be a very easy programing language for begginers, strange that the manual is designed for people who know what they are doing.
If you are already a programer, you should not have purchased this book. I guess many people who got dissapointed are the die hard fans of darkbasic who already knew what they were doing and expecting some advanced tips and tricks for optimising their code.
I think that this book is great for what it was made to be, a begginers guide. It teaches good programing habbits, explains things clearly and helps guys like me who have not programed since they left college 6 years ago get their act back together.
I heartily recomend this book to anybody who purchased darkbasic or darkbasic pro and had no idea where to start.