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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great easy to read book, CD could use a little TLC though

Here is the low-down on the book. First of all, the book is very very well done as far as being consise,easy to read and on the point of what you 'need' to learn for the test. It's organized into many chapters, i believe this is very effective. Read it, you'll see why I say that. Secondly, the book will actually tell you that "you need to know" this and that for the Exam. It has special icons even pointing these items out. If your looking for a deeply detailed book telling you every aspect of a computer since day one, dont by this, this is purely a A+ prep book, and somewhat a Tech's reference book, but I wouldnt use this as the only reference book if i were a Tech. And the Windows/DOS part of the book is not a lot, but some of it is mentioned within the CORE section of the book. Things do overlap in this book some. Anyways, buy this book guys, it's not boring at all to read, the author makes sure of that. Good luck on the A+ exam

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: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Studying for MCSE

If you have no experience with Windows 2000 or 2003 you will not pass the exam regardless of which text you buy. I am studying for the MSCE in Windows Server 2003. This text covers all of the objectives for the 70-290 exam. This book also includes a Prometric exam discount voucher and a set of practice questions on the CD in addition to those in the text.
The exam objectives listed on Microsoft's site are covered by this text. The coverage is not deep, but is adequate for those that are attempting the exam who have experience with the operating system. Unexperienced candidates are wasting their time on the new MS certifications and should get some hands on before heading off to the testing center.
The questions in the second part of the book appear well written. They mirror some of the lengthy questions on the actual exam and this aspect of the text was refreshing. Most certification textbooks skimp on the practice questions adding them as an afterthought rather than a feature. To many books ask questions like "what does DNS stand for" and "where would you use DHCP". The first time I tried many of them I got them wrong. When I was getting them right I tried the exam and passed. Until the Transcenders are released, finding good questions will be difficult. Resources like this text are quite valuable.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCSA/MCSE: Windows Server 2003 Environment Management and Maintenance Study Guide (70-290)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Lisa Donald, Suzan Sage London, James Chellis
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Pretty good

Passed this morning. All the topics in this book were covered in the 70-290 exam, or vice versa. The book content is good, the chapter tests are pretty good but the 2 bonus Testsims are another story. If you can get through these test sims without banging your head on your desk or pulling out your hair you are a better person than I am.

...So read the book, take some online sample tests, get the Minasi 2003 book and study hard, you should be all set.


Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Non-Designer's Design Book, Second Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Robin Williams
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Is that it?

This book should have been titled "Last minute design dos and don'ts" or something like that.It's written in the style of a magazine article and not what one would expect from a BOOK. It took me one hour to read (not browse) through the whole thing and although I admit I got one or two good pointers out of that hour, I don't know if it was worth my money.I was expecting a book with some advanced concepts written in a language that the common people would also understand but the book is extremely general.
I guess if you have zero clue as to what a webpage is and/or how to creat a homepage, this book could be a good prelude to what you're going to buy later because it definitely is NOT enough.