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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World's Most Colorful Company
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Owen Linzmayer, Owen W. Linzmayer
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Comprehensive, up to date, but dry

The book covers the entire history of Apple in amazing detail, as you would expect. There are chapters covering Wozniak and Jobs that are detailed and up to date. And there are timelines that make it easy to follow the progression of a number of aspects of Apple. This is particularly handy when following the hectic early nineties where Apple was releasing a different set of Macintoshes every couple of months.

However, unlike Cult of Mac, this book is far more dry in style than the company it documents. The point size of the content is almost unreadably small. And the layout is interesting, but not inspired. In particular the timelines which are in almost every chapter are drab.

Downsides aside, if you are a Mac enthusiast and you want to understand the history of the company there is no better source than this.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Ocp: Oracle 10g New Features For Administrators : Study Guide (Certification Study Guide)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Bob Bryla, Biju Thomas
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Good book, BAD, BAD, BAD e-book!

I like the book, the authors did a great job. Sybex sucks! The e-book can't be opened by either Acrobat 7 or Acrobat 6 (included on the CD). My computer/OS satisfy all the requirements, yet I get "Missing Component Not Found" error when I try to open the ebook. I even removed my Acrobat reader 7, and installed 6 from the CD. Same thing. Sybex support unresponsive. In my opinion this product just lost half of its value. Yes, I hate Sybex now...

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Software Engineering (6th Edition)
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Ian Sommerville
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A classic

A book about software engineering without special focus on OOM. You want to become an software enginner. Then this book must be read.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SELinux: NSA's Open Source Security Enhanced Linux
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Bill McCarty
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Every Linux person could use this book

Bill McCarty has done a top notch job of explaining Security Enhanced Linux as well as the security model itself. I've attempted so many time to "get it" about SELinux and not until I read this book did it make sense.

Bill's organization of the material makes a huge difference. He breaks the subject down into easily understandable chunks. The reader can follow the simple road until everything makes sense. And, SE Linux does make sense. It should be implemented everywhere.

Another thing compelled me to get this book -- it's size. This is a relatively small book. I remember thinking that I could read it without spending two weeks in a study mode. I was right about that. I read it in quick order.

I especially like O'Reilly books. I aslo like Bill's editor, Andy Oram. With the two of them collaborating, you're going to get an interesting book, topics that flow well and a professional product worth much more than the list price.

I'm glad I found this book. I want to congratulate all parties involved for creating an excellent product. I also want to say thank you for enabling me to work with Security Enhanced Linux.