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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Statistics for Managers Using Microsoft Excel (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: David M. Levine, David Stephan, Timothy C. Krehbiel, Mark L. Berenson, Mark L Berenson
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Statistics for Managers Using Microsoft Excel


As a [MBA]graduate student taking my second statistics class the book is tremendously easy reading but has multiple "typos" where answers are posted incorrectly in the back or not at all. The PH Stats disk has flaws that prevent it from executing certain histograms, Pareto charts and other activities. Once the "bugs" are worked out of the PH Stats CD, it will be useful. The CD does work well but, if you are not computer literate and cannot troubleshoot the issues, you could be more frustrated than you want. As for the text errors, be certain to purchase the Solutions Manual with the book so you can check, and obtain right answers, for a wider variety of problems. "2" is a reasonable rate for the content. The rest of the problems detract from the books overall objective.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Simply ranks at the top of must-haves for all RPG fans.


If you grade yourself as an RPG fan, and have not heard of Final Fantasy VII, then you might as well have not been born. What more can I say about the game? Despite some people having technical problems loading the game, it simply "rocks this joint". Anyhow, on the book, it is simply too good to be true. The amount of comprehensive information to be found is simply amazing. Even if you are new to the game and do not wish to have spoilers lowering your "fun" value, you will still find it truly informative. Just exercise a little self-control and skip the walkthrougs.
But be warned. Approach this book with a pinch of salt. Don't think EVERYTHING is going to be handed over to you on a silver platter. So don't go pointing fingers at David just because you find insufficient Materia combos listed, or strategies. Use your initiative. Anything is possible. You are the master of your own game.
For your info, I am currently working on the Lucky 7s combo. Email to me and I will send the combo as and when I figure it out. It's not too hard, really.
Anyway, here's to you guys, simply a work of art, and I am not only talking about the game.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy IX Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Brady Games
Authors: Dan Birlew
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Worthless


This guide is by far the worst guide I have ever purchased. It doesn't help you what so ever, jeez, the instruction booklet helps you more than this thing. The boss stratigies have only like 2 hints, and half the time, those 2 hints are obvious when you fight the boss, and don't help you at all. Example: on one of the first fights, it sais Vivi cast fire on the boss every turn, now I don't know about you, but that's not a hint, it doesn't help you, it's just stating what happens. But, this is the good part, you can go on the internet and find pretty much THE WHOLE GUIDE (yay!) and all the stuff that should be IN THE GUIDE, and not on a webpage. Another example: the guide tells you all the stats and what not for everyone's weapons, but it doesn't tell you the location, BUT, you can go online and see where they are, seeing how EVERYONE has access to the internet (luckily I do, but I can't even get to the site!). I've seen a lot of Bradygames's guides, and the others are all pretty useful, but this one is by far the worst. My advise would be not to bother with this so called "guide". Remember, the instruction booklet helps you more than this thing. Trust me on that one.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great place to start


Negrino & Smith's book is a fantastic book on JavaScript for beginners.Rather than overwhelm the reader with techno-babble and line-upon-line of code, 'JavaScript for the World Wide Web' sets out short, useful, scripts, explains what they do, why you would use them, and what makes them work the way they do.Someone who knows next-to-nothing about JavaScript can pick up this book, open at page one and read through, following the clear, illustrated, examples which explain JavaScript from the most basic level to powerful, complex (but very useful) features such as regular expressions.I found this book tremendously good value, and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone keen to learn this essential web programming language.