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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Microsoft DirectShow for Digital Video and Television
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Mark D. Pesce
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Too little on VMR

I wanted to read more about the new VMR9, but the book disappointed me with the thin coverage of VMR9 and videoplayback in general. I guess the book is all right on the topics filters, video editing and video caption.

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

This is a great title on doing tweaks, modifications, optimizations, and customizations on Windows XP. Its great for first time "hackers" or those who have already done some hacking before on Windows or other OS's. It is definitely not for beginner level end users.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Degunking Windows
Publisher: Paraglyph
Authors: Joli Ballew, Jeff Duntemann
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
My windows are sparkling again!

What an utter blessing it was to find Degunking Windows on the bookshelf; I suddenly love doing windows again. I am not a techy or computer guru. I am one of millions of Americans referred to as "the average home computer user". The thousand page tech books aren't for me, too much jargon to maneuver through. I need something that falls between heady paperweight and picture book. Degunking windows fits the bill. I use my Dell with Windows XP for all of my college course work, as well as for working on my family tree and listening to music online. Another words I put a lot photos, word documents and music files on my pc. I also spend a lot of time online doing research which has just plagued my computer with cookies, email, and Spam. My $2,000.00 computer developed a split personality and became very moody. It was definitely not the agreeable and efficient machine that I fell in love with a year ago. It had grown sluggish, prone to freezing up, and came close to crashing several times. A frightening thought when I have so much information stored there. Something had to be done, and it had to be done fast before either, the machine, or I had a melt down. That's when it happened. I found Degunking Windows and put away the aspirins. Thank you Joli Ballew and Jeff Duntemann for publishing a book that never made me feel stupid and for not calling me a "Dummy". It's a well organized but detailed solution for problems that most of our computers have. It's an invaluable and easy to use resource. I wish my college texts were this organized. I loved the degunking quick reference in the front. I didn't have to meander through the whole text for solutions, the summaries and references got me the information I needed. I was amazed at how easy it was to clean up my PC without spending hundreds of dollars on new software or hardware. Who needs to call tech support? I've got Degunking Windows sitting right next to my computer.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: A. Keyton Weissinger
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Only partially updated for IIS 5.0..

I'm not sure I can add much to the other reviews here, other than to state that the book is only partially updated for IIS 5.0 (Windows 2000) in my opinion. Nearly 30 pages are devoted to coverage of CDONTS, none of which will operate on any out-of-the-box Windows 2000-based web server I know of.
There is zero coverage of CDO for Windows 2000 (a/k/a CDOSYS), which is considerably more powerful and flexible than CDONTS, and in my opinion, represents the "right" way to do things for any new code (even if CDONTS is available on *your* Windows 2000 Server).
Otherwise, this book is rapidly becoming my favorite ASP reference -- one that's a lot handier than pulling-up the MSDN Library web site every time I forget a property name or method syntax (which is a lot more often than I care to admit in public).