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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Only the Paranoid Survive
Publisher: Currency
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is a great book!!!

Andy Grove's down-to-earth management style and no nonsence perception of today's competitive environment is evident throughout this inspiring book. Filled with practical applications that fit every business, this book is a must read!!!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCNA ICND Exam Certification Guide (CCNA Self-Study, 640-811, 640-801), Fourth Edition
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Wendell Odom
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5

One of the newest options available in taking the new Cisco CCNA exam is that it is now broken down into two parts. The INTRO exam and the ICND exams are designed to more accurately measure your skills. This book covers the second part of the exam which is the ICND exam 640-811. The modular organization of the book makes it much easier to grasp the concepts and retain more information. The exercises in the book are designed is such a way that you aren't memorizing the information but you are able to understand the concepts by performing some hands on lab exercises in order to get the feel of the real world environment. Each chapter begins with the "Do I Know This Already ?" quiz to help you determine how much studying you will need to devote to that specific chapter. There are questions at the end of the chapters that review the material. The diagrams in the book make it easy to understand the flow of the network and the information that flows through the network.
The definitions in the book are concise and easy to understand even though the material is technical. The author has the novice as well as the intermediate user in mind when writing. The chapter contains subsets of topics. Foundation Topics explains the topics in that chapter. The most important facts are summarized in the Foundation Summary. To test your retention of the facts, the Q & A section provides review questions that are more challenging. The CD is offers questions, not only for the ICND exam, but for the INTRO and the CCNA exams. You can test your skills before taking the real thing. The confidence that you gain from answering the sample questions is reassuring. The CD also includes a network simulator that allows you to gain some hands on experience with routers and switches. The network simulator is limited on the commands it allows you to use but it is still very helpful in giving you the practice that you need for the exam. Subnetting practice problems are on the CD allowing more extensive practice in IP addressing. The test objectives are covered completely and the book is also reader friendly. The material is presented in a manner that makes technical information interesting while not going over your head. This book is a must if you are interested in passing the exam with a high score and a relatively thorough understanding of the Cisco routers. Wendell Odom is highly skilled on the subject matter and it is displayed through his instruction in the book. I would look forward to reading any of his technical books that he writes because of the easy manner in which the information is detailed. The exam is challenging and you will need a good study guide that will get you through the exam. This book covers Spanning Tree Protocols, VLANS, trunking, RIP, IGRP, EIGRP, OSPF and static route configuration, ISDN and Dial -on-Demand Routing and much more.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual C++ .NET Step by Step--Version 2003 (Step By Step (Microsoft))
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Julian Templeman, Andy Olsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Book - Recommended for Intermediate Programmers

This book is great! It's easy to read and is a great way to learn about the new .NET framework. I recommend this book to any C++ programmers wanting to learn C++.NET. I do not, however, recommend this book to new C++ programmers because it lacks detailed explanations on such beginner subjects (Check out "Practical C++" by Rob McGregor for a very complete book to teach you C++).

Just like one of the reviewers said, the OOP (Object Oriented Programming) explanation is awesome! I have programmed in Java (ALL OOP) before, and it wasn't until I read this book that I really discovered the greatness behind OOP.

Buy it. Read it. Cherish it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Business and Economics of Linux and Open Source
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Martin Fink
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A book for Enterprise customers looking at Linux/Open source

I have just finished reading the book "The Business and Economics of Linux and Open Source" and wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed it. I am currently passing the book up my chain of command at work...
Linux and Open source is not "just" for geeks anymore. Business is embracing it and needs the guidance this book has to offer. It is the first book I have seen which addresses Linux and open source from a business perspective.
The background on Linux and Open source brings the reader up-to-speed on the key players and culture of the open source community and why it would be considered - staying focussed on facts and data. From this, Martin goes on to discuss the different issues one must address in considering the implementation of this technology in the Enterprise including the real costs and benefits.
Martin lends credibility to this topic as he is currently the VP & CTO at Hewlett-Packard heading its Linux Systems Division. He has to grapple with these issues everyday...
At a conference where Martin was speaking at recently, a senior executive at IBM mentioned that he was giving this book (an HP executive's book) to IBM's customers. Having read the book, I now understand why.