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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essentials of Systems Analysis and Design, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Joseph S. Valacich, Joey F. George, Jeffrey A. Hoffer
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Waste of Time

I was forced to use this book for a class. I find the text very unclear and hard to understand with quite a few errors. The layout of the pages is poor and the author seems to get lost in his/her own words. The problems found at the end of each chapter never give enough information to tell you what you are supposed to be doing and they often ask for information that is not found in the text. For what you get this book is extremely overpriced. I may even sell this book back.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire for Designers
Publisher: Cadcim Technologies
Authors: Sham Tickoo
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
outstanding material

the material in this book is outstanding. i used it for last 3 months and like it. it made me learn wildfire very soon. i m still no perfect, but better than most who do not use this book :-)
i recommend this book to all people who want to learn wildfire.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CISSP Training Guide
Publisher: Que
Authors: Roberta Bragg
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book

I personally liked the way this book was organized and found it easy to read and understand.
The information was helpful in preparing for the CISSP exam but I must caution prospective buyers to consider additional study resources rather than relying solely on this book.
Some areas of the book did not go into enough detail on the subject matter. Specifically, some things you are expected to answer in the CISSP exam was not covered enough for you to answer the question correctly.
The PreLogic test engine included with the book had numerous errors. Sometimes the answers were blank, sometimes the answers shown was marked as wrong but when reading the explanation it was actually right.
I am glad that I puchased other CISSP books besides just this one. The combination of study material is what provided me with the knowledge to pass the exam.
Good luck in your quest for CISSP

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Take Back Your Life!: Using Microsoft Outlook to Get Organized and Stay Organized (Bpg-Other)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Sally McGhee
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The power is in the details

In this book, Sally McGhee shows you how to use Outlook better on a day-to-day basis. She also describes how to integrate Outlook organization with a pocket PC and your folder system. My e-mail inbox was clean for the first time ever! Her discussion of "collection points", and the exercise of finding how many places you do store your information, was really eye-opening to me -- I had over 30 places where I kept my "to-do's" and information, way too much! After this book, I managed to cut "collection points" down to 7. My folder organization system still matches the methods I learned in this book. Why? The power of this book is in step-by-step details. While principles taught in this book are similar to those in "Getting Things Done" by David Allen, this book practically guides you through every click of the mouse and every handling of a piece of paper. Too many self-help books these days give you ephemeral tips, or give you principles without giving you detailed applications, leaving the practical implementation completely up to you and sometimes leaving you confused. It's very powerful how this book not only explains organizational principles, it also gives solid examples of actual actions to take.

As for criticisms of the book, previous reviews are right in that there are technical issues with Outlook and Pocket PCs that aren't dealt with. Suggested category names, which were great for my PC, were way too long for my PDA and had to be changed, which was quite annoying. The screen-view she suggests for outlook is great, except that outlook doesn't filter your tasks properly in this view, another Microsoft technical glitch. McGhee definitely ignores some technical glitches in this book.

Nevertheless, the true values from self-help books come from those "tricks" that manage to become habits. You might not be able to do everything the book says, but those "tricks" you get make the book worth its weight in gold. This book had several such tips that I habitualzed, including setting your own reference system, realizing collection points, and cleaning out my email inbox. The value of these make up for the technical annoyances of the technologies this book recommends.