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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Google Hacks, 2nd Edition (Hacks)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Tara Calishain, Rael Dornfest
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must for serious web surfers and webmasters

Google is currently the most popular Internet search engine. While almost every Internet searcher is familiar with basics of Google searching, there's far more to Google than meets the eye. Google Hacks tells individual Web searchers and Web site programmers how to best take advantage of Google's tremendous amount of searching power and flexibility.
The first three chapters (Searching Google, Google Special Services and Collections, and Third-Party Google Services) are targeted at the end user. They present a wealth of detail about how to access Google features most users didn't know about (myself included): wild cards, date range searches, spell checking, phone book, translations, and more. You'll learn Google has special directories of images, newsgroups, and mail-order catalogs. (I made sure to NOT tell my wife about the on-line catalog feature!)
The balance of the book is for web site programmers. They get plenty of tips and tricks about how to incorporate Google search technology into their web sites. While many of the tips are not for novice web programmers, most intermediate webmasters can spruce up their sites with the tools presented in Google Hacks.
The production quality is typical O'Reilly, and that means good! Clear screen shots, and crisp dark type make this read easy on the eyes.
If you want to learn how to exploit Google searching, or want to add Google search features to your web site, Google Hacks 100 Industrial-Strength Tips and Tools is a good place to begin the learning process.
MacMice Rating: 5 out of 5<P

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in Java (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
OOP and Java concepts on steroids

This is a spectacular work on the Java language from an object oriented programmer's point of view. The author manages to take the reader into an adventure right through the sinews of a language which is not so effectively covered otherwise.Also recommended is the seminar cd.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows XP Registry Guide
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jerry Honeycutt, Jerry Honeycutt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Outstanding Book .. EXCELLENT !!!

This is a fantastic resource for the Windows XP registry. While there are many new registry settings that are Windows XP specific, there are also MANY registry settings that apply to many of the previous versions of Windows. This book is not for registry beginners, but is an excellent resource for those experienced in making registry modifications. The book discusses several different ways of making registry modifications including using the GUI registry tools, the command line REG.EXE and via INF files. I make registry modifications on a VERY regular basis as part of my job as a Network Consultant - this book is an excellent resource, I only wish that the book came with a CD-ROM that included an electronic version of the book so that I didn't have to travel with the book.
If you already have some experience performing registry modifications and need to know what needs to be modified to do what you need to do, then this is the book for you.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Internet Texas Hold'em: Winning Strategies from an Internet Pro
Publisher: Dimat Enterprises Inc
Authors: Matthew Hilger
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great Book

I have always been a winning limit hold'em player both online and live. This book brought my game to the next level. I am a teacher, but would be making more money playing online poker following Hilger's excellent advice. His preflop strategy is near flawless and brilliantly broken down. That section alone would almost guarantee making money. Simply written and good for any level of play. 6 stars!