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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: On Intelligence
Publisher: Times Books
Authors: Jeff Hawkins, Sandra Blakeslee
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Not what I expected

This book is well worth the read. You'll find it engaging and the pages should turn quickly. Chapters 1 thru 5 are very easy to understand and during this part of the book you will think the book is all about brains and what constitutes intelligence. Then there is chapter six. Chapter 6 is highly technical even for me (I consider myself a fairly smart and technical kind of guy) and I will admit that I skipped it about ten pages in. Then, in chapter 7, you will discover that this book is pretty much concerns everything... every subjective quality of existence that makes being human what it is to you and I is described. I will venture to say that I found chapter seven enlightening. I'm not a scientist; I picked this book up because I'm of the smartypants type that reads such books for the mere pleasure of it. I think that everyone could learn something very profound from this book, even (and especially) the non-technical. Now, you have to read the preceding chapters to enjoy chapter 7, but that shouldn't be a problem, I found them quite interesting. I'm just saying that the value of this book is almost exclusively in chapter 7; at least it was for me.

The remainder of the book is what I really bought it for, and that's the part about building intelligent machines, which was great. I think when most buy this book, they think that is all that they are getting. Quite a pleasant surprise it was to be enlightened about all human existence. Just read it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Search Engine Optimization for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Peter Kent
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Wonderfully useful book

I can't recommend this book highly enough. Lots of great info. A must read for any web designer who wants to get those hits.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: A+ Complete Study Guide, Deluxe Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: David Groth, Dan Newland
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Think before you waste your money!

OS section did a good job covering Windows 2000/NT/98/95 and DOS. The hardware section was lengthy, but studying it alone would not allow you to pass the hardware module of the adaptive A+ certification test. I passed, not because of this book, but experience.
There were several gaps left unfilled between the actual test and this book. For instance, I was asked a question on the difference between ATA/66 and ATA/33. Neither cable is mentioned in this book. Another question delt with the difference between an AT mobo and an ATX. After looking back in this book, the answer was not there. There are several other examples like this. My advice...look elsewhere, especially at this price.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced Java 2 Platform: How to Program (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Harvey M. Deitel
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not To Be Used For J2EE 1.3

Advanced JHTP provides good tutorials and examples for some of Java's more difficult APIs. However, do not purchase this book if you are trying to learn J2EE. The book's examples and explanations are based upon J2EE 1.2 not the latest version of J2EE (1.3). Without significant modification the book's J2EE examples will not work under J2EE 1.3 and the book's web site did not include modification instructions as of Feb 2003.
If you are looking for a good tutorial on J2EE see Enterprise JavaBeans (3rd Edition, O'Reilly) and the associated workbooks.