Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCNA Certification Library (CCNA Self-Study, exam #640-801)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Wendell Odom
The CCNA Certification Library (ISBN: 1587200953) contains two volumes: the CCNA INTRO Exam Certification Guide and the CCNA ICND Exam Certification Guide. This review is made from the perspective of a CCNA Candidate with little to no knowledge or experience of Internetworking in a Cisco environment.
The CCNA INTRO volume tries to prepare the reader for the CCNA ICND volume while addressing the content of the INTRO exam 640-821. With such a methodology, this textbook ends up raising more questions than answers in the mind of a candidate that will have to wait for the CCNA ICND volume to get clarifications on a great number of topics.
This new edition of the CCNA Certification Library has the following characteristics:
Pros:- Odom makes the text accessible from the perspective of a CCNA candidate. Generally, topics are presented according to a progressive line of thought laid out in the introduction of any chapter. This plan usually presents what will be covered and what will not.- The textbook is written in a conversational format and emphasizes on four things:1. exam format 2. exam content3. real world tasks. Odom presents not just how to configure network equipment but how to make effective configurations. 4. Practice, with the addition of the NETSIM LE simulator on the accompanying CD-Rom, along with a to-the-point guide about this software in Appendix C of the book.
The author also presents:- An excellent comparative analysis of routing protocols.- Some key sample configurations with interesting considerations about "real world" behavior of the Cisco equipment they run on- An excellent coverage of Frame Relay, ISDN and IP Access Control Lists.- Some good Design Principles- A good collection of web links and RFC references
Cons:Some chapters including "IP Addressing and Subnetting" and "RIP, IGRP, and Static Route Concepts and Configuration" (ICND volume) contain too many non technical illustrations and lack a precise conceptual framework. This makes it difficult for a CCNA candidate to find and retain key points.
Overall, in this new edition of the CCNA self-study kit, a conscientious effort has been put forth by the author to make the content of the CCNA exam more accessible while still trying to provide a solid understanding of some key networking concepts and technologies. However, the degree to which the two volumes overlap along with the methodology adopted, sometimes make it very challenging for a CCNA candidate to get a clear and precise understanding of the technologies covered on the exam.
Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Only the Paranoid Survive
Authors: ANDREW S. GROVE
The business advice was banal; but it's easy and generally fun to read. At the same time I agree with a reviewer who said it's a poor source of recipies but it does subtly, eventually, stimulate you to think. Just 164 pages in a large typeface, most of it being anecdotes. Bring it to the beach.
Andy Grove is very into winning for its own sake. For example when listing various kinds of loss that can occur when a company goes into difficult straits (p. 124) he concludes with "perhaps the most wrenching, the loss of being affiliated with a winner." As an engineer, I was hoping to see a glimmer of joy in semiconductor products and technologies from the chairman of Intel, and didn't see it. The joy is all in being one step ahead of the competition.
Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft® Excel 2000 Power Programming with VBA
Authors: John Walkenbach
Accordning to Walkenbach this book is the best he have ever wrote. I will expand that a bit and say - this is the best PC book I've ever read.
First of all the book aim for a "typical" moderate/good Excel user, mayby with knowledge about VB(A). I had programmed some VB and know Excel, and felt through the entire book that Walkenbach wrote to "me" (or, at least a user with my skills).
Second, the book is written in an easy-to-read language, with good examples and build up in a perfekt way.
This book has helped me from knowing little about VBA into my current job where I develop client/server applications in VB/SQL.
The book does what it promise: Lead you into a power programmer...
Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Firefox Hacks (Hacks)
Authors: Nigel McFarlane
If you're like me, you've downloaded Firefox to use as your brower then kept promising yourself you were really going to dig into it to find all its secrets. But you never really have time, do you? Firefox Hacks gives you 100 ways to make the most of Firefox. I especially liked the security tips. Everyone should take a few minutes and go through this book's steps on enhancing security. I've also always wanted to know more about chrome and this book gives me 2 chapters on it. If you are going to deploy Firefox with your own branding, perhaps as an internal browser or as a product's help system, then this book is a must. Even if you are only a casual browser user, this book has useful hacks for you.