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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hacking Windows XP (ExtremeTech)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Steve Sinchak
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Hacking Windows XP

An advertisement for a myriad of shareware and freeware programs. Everything in the book can be found at serveral web sites for free so why spend 20 dollars like I did.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good, But Not Perfect.

I found this book to be somewhat revealing to the storyline, and not enough info was provided on Zack.( I mean, he's one of the most important parts of the game!) Other than that, I found the book to be very informative. The full-color maps, and tips for boss fights really make some of the most difficult parts and enemies much more easier. LOVED THE GAME!!!!!
P.S. ( For anybody reading this, one of the best ways to possibly find secret items, steal often, you may be surprised. LATER!!!)

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must read for any serious software developer

a must for any serious developer.
I picked up this book because of a recommendation from an instructor. Not only did I find the knowledge in this book essential to good, sound software development, but in a matter of hours I was using a pattern in one of my pet projects.
After reading this book you can immediately go back to your past projects and make drastic improvements.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Kevin D. Mitnick, William L. Simon, Steve Wozniak
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Think differently...

Let's face it. When it comes to computer security, most people are blissfully ignorant of just how exposed they are, for those people....this should be required reading.
Some people are acquainted with the concept of `Social Engineering', if so....this book does an excellent job of showing the mindset and thought process of a social engineer. All done in an entertaining way by relating exploit stories to the reader.
You could even use the book to challenge the way that you think by trying to guess what steps might be taken to achieve the social engineer's goal....or devise a policy that could have been put in place to prevent the exploit from working. This type of mental gymnastics is not only entertaining...but can teach you volumes at the same time.
If there is one category of people who should not read this book...it would be those who have a heart towards mischief and lack the good sense to know not to act on their desire. For these individuals, this could be a text book for learning how to reserve their own room at a local federal facility!
All in all....I highly recommend the book to everyone. And believe me when I say, if YOU don't like it....or if YOU do not find it informative....YOU do know someone who could benefit from having their eyes opened to the world of the social engineer.