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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Digital Photography Hacks
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Derrick Story
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book, well worth the price

I can't recommend this book enough. In 300 pages the author takes you all the way from how to take great shots with cheap cameras, to how to store, edit, and get them printed. There is a lot of practical low-cost advice on taking quality shots through different mounting and filter techniques. There is also practical advice on how to do the standard photo editing work that most books take hundreds of pages to explain in just 50 pages or so. He also covers managing the little movies the cameras can take, and the working with the crummy photos cell phones take. A well written handy resource for any photographer. Couldn't be happier with this one.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy VIII Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A must for the secrets of the game.

The guide is a great tool to use for the harder enimeis and the side quests. it gives away the plot but if used only when times are hard it is a life saver. the order and organization are lacking but is a must for those who want to do everything there is to do in the game.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Publisher: Anchor
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
The math of codes is made easy...

Published by Doubleday in 1999, this is an informative book that looks at the evolution of secret writing, from the time of the ancient Greek military codes, right up to our computer-age adventures in privacy and security on-line.
A number of interesting code-busting tales are related in eight chapters. Among the chapter heading are: The Cipher of Mary Queen of Scots, The Mechanization of Secrecy, and Cracking the Enigma.
Anyone interested in computer privacy, identity theft, government or corporate snooping and the like, will find a lot to think about here.
The author, Simon Singh, is worthy of note, too. He has a Ph.D. in physics, and he is a former BBC producer. Singh, also directed a documentary shown on PBS's "Nova" series about Fermat's Last Theorem. Singh, is also the author of the book "Fermat's Enigma".
At some points the book gets too elementary. Apparently, the author and the publisher are attempting to appeal to the widest possible audience, ... Simple, obvious points are sometimes pedantically repeated, while repitious, step by step exposition of obvious points occasionally becomes tedious.
Don't be put off, though. Despite the obvious fine grinding of the normally chunkey subject matter, for the delicate digestion of students with hyphenated majors and Hollywood hedonists, this is a good read.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Teach Yourself Visually HTML
Publisher: Visual
Authors: Ruth Maran
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An absolute desktop reference

I jumped to this book after finding HTML 4 FOR DUMMIES didn't cut it. This book, by the same publisher, does what DUMMIES should, include excellent examples within the text instead of an associated CD. This book does the job, especially the clear detail in Chapter 10 entitled CREATE FORMS. The whole package is put together in a readable and VERY USABLE guide. I highly recommend it to others entering the world of HTML