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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Stealing the Network: How to Own a Continent
Publisher: Syngress
Authors: FX, Paul Craig, Joe Grand, Tim Mullen, Fyodor, Ryan Russell, Jay Beale
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Creative, educational, and scary!


Stealing the Network: How to Own a Continent is a suspense-filled fiction book based on real computer security components. It is an excellent follow-up to the first in the "series", Stealing the Network: How to Own the Box. Each chapter can be read as its own short story, but they are tied together in ways you wouldn't expect unless you read the whole book. It's a great concept for a book and an excellent way to learn about computer security weaknesses and what could really happen if a group was assembled to own a continent!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual C# .NET Step by Step--Version 2003
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jon Jagger, John Sharp
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
For experienced programmers only


The problem with C# is that it is a product created by Microsoft solely for Microsoft's programming environment (Visual Studio .Net and SQL Server 2005) and hence is really of no use to anyone who is interested in LEARNING the FUNDAMENTALS of programming. C# programming can really ONLY take place in a Visual Studio .Net IDE and thus - unlike platform and IDE independent Java, C++, and C - has not been adopted by the academic community. College textbooks on programming tend to focus (almost exclusively) on Java, C, and C++. Please see any textbook by Walter Savitch or Cay Horstmann to learn the fundamentals of programming. As someone with basic programming skills you would then be ready for this book. But this is not a book to learn how to program. That being said this is an excellent introduction to the Visual Studio .Net IDE.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Lighting for Digital Video & Television, Second Edition
Publisher: CMP Books
Authors: John Jackman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Great Book! Get a Better Picture!


Hey all,
I'm a long time worker in multimedia and the performing arts (with a theatrical education). I did a lot of theatrical lighting as slave labor back in college, but beyond that, most of my experience in film and video was from the acting side.
So before shooting my next short, I decided I needed a primer in film lighting. I bought Mr. Jackman's book about a week and a half ago and, well, for geeks like me, it was a real page turner.
Aside from the fact that I needed to covert all of my theater vocab (cables) to film vocab (stingers) I also found the perspective on DV film making to be dead on in this book.
This book starts out outlining the technical aspects of electrics and lighting. While not the most exciting for a lot of people (although I got excited and immediatly tested all of my wall sockets with my old fluke multimeter) these sections read quick and are a necessary setup for the rest of the book. After the technical aspects are discussed, the book goes in a direction which I genually appreciate.
Instead of treating DV and Video lighting like bad flat TV lighting, Mr. Jackman really goes out of his way to help all of us little guys with PD-150s and the like to light our DV dynamically and artistically. Often the book shows more thrifty workarounds for expensive concepts.
While this book isn't going to contain much new information for the experienced gaffer. It will definetly help any novice, new-comer, or, like me, semi-knowledged person increase their skills in the art of lighting.
Hopefully more people will read this book and less badly lit short films will infest the world. Then we can give all those die hard film guys a run for their money. To paraphase the book: The camera and medium are just tools, they don't think, we do.
Finally, just to ram my point home: the book answered at least 8 of the top ten questions in the dv.com forum in great detail. It has links and addresses to all of the big lighting manufacturers as well as a pretty cool glossary in the back.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications Third Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Who knew there was a correct way to refer to your Macintosh?


If you do documentation or technical writing for a living, this is an essential. All too often, we are guilty of using adjectives and nouns as verbs. This book provides detailed assistance in how to use a word properly. I write documentation that is published on the WWW so my audience is very broad. I cannot afford stylistic slip-ups. This book can help you avoid them.
Note: This should not be assumed to be a replacement for a standard grammar and usage book such as a Gregg Manual. It should be used to augment standard style and grammar works.