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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Complete PC Upgrade and Maintenance Guide, 15th Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Mark Minasi, Sybex
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Indexing is weak

I have purchased copies of the book for the past 6 or seven years. Mark Minasi is the computer guru! His capacity to take technical questions of intimidating proportions and reduce them to a level us peons can understand well enough to get the job done. Brilliant people in my life have always had that ability to take an abstract piece of information ( something like the origin of the solar system) an distill it into language the rest of the world can understand. Mark Minasi does this year in and year out with the latest PC's and there components.After reading and listening to him over the years I've come to feel reasonably well versed in upgrading our home computers, here in Dryden New York. No small feat when you consider that I am an art teacher by profession. However in your latest release of Mark's work I noticed that the indexing is less than half the size of the previous year's version. Sadly it is not nearly as thorough. This may sound like a miner point but for some of us readers it will prove to be a critical one. I past years whenever I had a problem I would run across an unfamiliar term or network protocol, you could look it up in the index and follow the solution to your problem through to completion. As I see it the value of the entire book is to guide you through a problem you've run into on your own, as well as making for fun reading of course. The weak index creats a broud obstruction at the very center of the process of self education which is what Mark has taught flawlessly for years.While Minasi work still remains flawless, getting to his answeres will be hindered buy a poor indexing job. By way of qualification, perhaps this type of indexing would be fine in other books. We just got spoiled with having the best of everything in past 13 editions. I want to repeat the mark Minasi has lost none of his accuracy or wit. The quality remains. Its just the indexing that limits the overall effectiveness of getting to the write answere when you need it . Fred C Wendell

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: ShaderX3: Advanced Rendering with DirectX and OpenGL
Publisher: Charles River Media
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A comprehensive collection of ready-to-use techniques

Shader X3: Advanced Rendering With DirectX And Open GL compiled, organized, and deftly edited by Wolfgang Engle (Senior Special FX Engineer at Wings Simulations) is packed from cover to cover with 630-pages of insightful new techniques, innovative approaches to common problems, as well as practical tools and tricks that will help in all areas of shader programming. All of the articles comprising Shader X3 evolved from the the working experiences of industry professionals, and all of the sections were expertly edited by shader programming experts. This comprehensive collection of ready-to-use techniques will enable even the most novice programmer to get up to speed quickly, and the more experienced programmers will find a wealth of insights and techniques to improve efficiency and avoid redundancies. Shader X3 is an essential, "user friendly", and highly recommended instructional reference for shader programmers.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: USB Complete: Everything You Need to Develop Custom USB Peripherals
Publisher: Lakeview Research
Authors: Jan Axelson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A basic course for USB & indepth reference at the same time

If you don't know anything about USB and you would like learn it from ground up,this book can be one of your best choices.Even if you're familiar with USB,it can still be an indepth reference for you.Beside the exact technical points,method of discussion which Jan uses,makes you aware to the way that you pass to understand each chapter.I've some experiences about old interfaces like serial and parallel port during many projects,but after reading this book,I didn't hesitate to jump into USB world.I'm sure this book can be a reliable escort for me.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Unified Modeling Language User Guide
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Grady Booch, James Rumbaugh, Ivar Jacobson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Object-Oriented Modeling Masterpiece

Booch is the master of relating examples from other fields to explain complex object-oriented concepts in an easy to understand form. This is the best practical book that I have read so far in explaining how the different elements of UML should be applied to model an object-oriented system.