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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Nielsen is a dinosaur.

The book is banned at our company. We feel is will stunt the creative growth of our employees. For the life of me, I can't understand how anyone who's been doing web work for a while would take Jakon Nielsen seriously. This man is *severely* out of touch with the industry, but mixes in just enough common sense for the sheep of the web design world to proclaim him an expert.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCSA NG: Check Point Certified Security Administrator Study Guide
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Justin Menga
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
CCSA NG: Check Point Certified Security Administrator Study

Excellent Book! If you're taking the Checkpoint CCSA vNG FP3 exam (...the current CCSA exam), this is the book you need to get. The book is very well written, and it does cover the material a person need's to pass the CCSA exam.
Even if you're not planning to take the CCSA exam, this is a GREAT book to have if you work with Checkpoint NG VPN-1/Firewall-1!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Using SANs and NAS
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: W. Curtis Preston
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good introduction

This book is really good at bringing together a lot of different details together having it make sense. It has been a couple of years since I worked on SANs and reading this book really refreshed the concepts for me. W. Curtis Preston's writing style is very easy to follow as he usually adds in insightful side items to break up the book a bit. I was expecting a very well written book as I also read his backup & recovery book which I really enjoyed too. I reccomend this book to anyone who is starting to investigate san or nas solutions or wants to get a good solid starting point with those technologies.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Wicked Cool Shell Scripts
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Dave Taylor
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very handy scripts that are cool & helpful

Shell scripts are one of the building blocks that makes UNIX (all flavors) so fundamentally powerful. Some look down on the shell script and feel that it is to simple a tool. A review of any of the shells man pages will quickly show the range of activities one can accomplish with a _simple_ shell script. It's automation of the command prompt and is only limited by your imagination and understanding of UNIX.
Dave Taylor has put together 101 shell scripts covering a multitude of topics for the many different UNIX platforms (OSX included). This is more than a shell game (pun intended) for Dave. It is quite apparent that he is a quality educator and writer who believes a proper context is a must for learning. The added benefit is that at times this may help make the learning process transparent.
You will need at least some basic understanding of UNIX commands and shell scripting before this book will be useful. Dave doesn't intend it to be a command reference book or a shell howto but rather a "cookbook" utilizing real world scripts that may simplify your life while teaching you a thing or two. If you are new to UNIX or shell scripting there are many introductory books and/or web tutorials that you should start with before moving onto this book.
The format and functionality of Wicked Cool Shell Scripts doesn't lend to reading it as a novel. Scan the table of contents and pick out the scripts that catch your attention or that cover issues you are currently dealing with. No matter how you read it, Wicked Cool Shell Scripts will either put a few more skills in your drawer or sharpen some of your old ones.