Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Cisco Networking for Dummies, Second Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
If you've got any sort of experience with networking Chapter 1, 3, 5, and 8 are worthless "basics" stuff (thin-net, thick-net, 10-Base-T, etc.). Except for some limited information on doing a little router programming, this isn't a Cisco book at all. It's just a vanilla overview of network topologies, protocols, switching, and routing.
I bought it based largely on the statement in the book description above that "This friendly guide offers easy-to-follow explanations of everything from different Cisco router models..." These "explanations" are the same little blurbs you can find on Cisco's Web site. I was hoping for a guide that showed you how to select the proper device, modules, WICs, flash memory options, etc. from the baffling array offered by Cisco and was very disappointed.
If you're looking for a guide on using Cisco equipment to set up a network, look somewhere else.
Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Michael Meyers, Scott Jernigan
I purchased this study guide a month ago. The book is well written and easy to follow. It offers helpful hints and shortcuts for on the job use. It made passing both the Hardware and OS exams easy. The practice exams on the enclosed CD are very helpful as both a refresher and practice for the exam itself.
Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Bad designers beware - here is a lucid eye-opening analysis of making the web useful and not just pretty. Most web sites and design books are based on one person's creative or technical skill using special effects on the web - Nielsen bases his reflections on testing, real people, and experience. Special effects without content and without considering the ultimate user of the information is useless. Many nice-looking web sites are good for one visit only, this book will help you keep people coming back.
The price is high, but I'd pay twice the price for more of the same.
Product: Book - Turtleback
Title: Color Index: Over 1100 Color Combinations, CMYK and RGB Formulas, for Print and Web Media
Publisher: How Design Books
Authors: Jim Krause
The Color Index is the low-cost version of Pantone's color books and one I recommend to all my clients. Why, you ask -- well if you think about it the book was printed in CMYK so the color are fairly accurate to what you would see when you go to press also the price is right. You're not spending hundreds of dollars on swatch books from Pantone.
This book also gives you great color solutions to answer every little color problem you can think. The one draw back is the colors sway a little from the colors when viewed on the web, naturally. It would be great if the the author/publisher had a companion site that shows how the colors look on the web.
One great use I have gotten out of this book is to leave the book with my clients so that they may choose the colors that appeal to them. I don't feel too bad if the book comes up missing. It couldn't be as worse as a missing Pantone book (expensive). The Color Index is a great solution.