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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Humane Interface: New Directions for Designing Interactive Systems
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Jef Raskin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Revenge On The Nerds

If you have ever been annoyed or perplexed by your computer, you will love "The Humane Interface," by Jef Raskin, the Silicon-Valley iconoclast who created the Macintosh project at Apple.
My first experience with computers came at a party in the mid-'70s when I was dragged into a four-way discussion over the question of how to get past an ogre who was guarding a cave entrance. I had no idea what my three nerdy companions were talking about with such amusement and I felt that they were secretly savoring my confusion. It turned out that they had a computer terminal in the bedroom that was hooked up to M.I.T. through something called the "Internet" and they were playing a game called "Zork." A few years later, these same guys and their nerdy brethren were designing the interfaces that you and I rely upon today and, I felt, they were still secretly savoring our confusion.
As luck would have it, I was drawn into computers by way of the electronic games industry in the '80s. Whenever I complained about the way computers worked, I was driven back and put in my place by technical arguments that made me feel like a Neanderthal. Now I imagine that many of YOU have either been in the same place, or have just accepted -- as you might a bitter medicine --the aggravating complexity of computers as a "given." Well, with the publication of "The Humane Interface," our time has come. It is an easy and amusing read, but it is also a radical critique that just might shake up the computer industry. The attack on the sacred cows of GUI interface design is humorous but devastating, with plenty of supporting scientific data. Once he's definitively proven that the emperor has no clothes, Raskin offers commonsensical, and oftimes ingeniously simple solutions.
I recommend "The Humane Interface" to casual computer users as well as professionals, since it will equip both with the right spells to overcome the ogre of GUI.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Certification Guide
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: A. Anthony Bruno, Anthony Bruno
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Will closely track exam content.

At last, a Cisco Press book dedicated to the written.The previous reviewer has no clue about the cert. What he missed is that the new version will also be called 350-001 (I am not a cisco employee, just a cisco fan). Based on the sample chapter and content of the book offered by other web sites, I can say that it is a book for the new exam version. It covers every topic listed in the new exam blue print, and this is the main reason why I give it 5 stars,

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Servlet Programming, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jason Hunter
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
I expected more!

The coverage on servlets was decent, not great. I was really disappointed with the coverage on the VIEW portion of the "Model-View-Controller" design. I understand that the author is not a big fan of JSP, but it's what most of us have to use whether we like it or not. So...once I got past Chapter 9, (there are 20 chapters), the book went down hill quickly.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-290): Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Dan Holme, Orin Thomas
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Another disappointing MS Press Title

What do you get when you take the Exam Objectives off the Microsoft site and add a bunch of random filler? Another disappointing MS Press title. I use to be able to rely on a MS Press book to get me through an exam (along with my extensive experience). I remember when MS Press meant something. Here I am with a NT4 and 2K MCSE and after reading this book fail the test. I knew something was wrong as I read the book. There is/was NO DEPTH. If you are studying for the 70-290 go elsewhere.