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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
In another league from other HTML guides

I have read many books on HTML and this is by far the best. All the examples are easy to follow, the excellent layout of the book helping in this regard. Also the depth this book goes to is outstanding, Elizabeth Castro covers ALL areas of HTML so you will not need another book. Firstly I bought "HTML 4 for dummies" which is appalling in comparison with no logical flow of subject. Buy this book; you will not be disappointed.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Security+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Gregory White
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
to pass or not to pass

This book fits the billing!
It was clear, concise and easy to understand. It prepared me to take the Security+ exam well, and explains concepts thoroughly without assuming that the reader is an idiot. The book deals with all the infomation that will be on the test, following the Domains in their order, but it still also flows in a forward direction, building on one concept with another. That is a challenge nowdays in the tech world were every concept is intertwined with others.
That said, don't expect to come to this book with no knowledge of computers at all. I have found that this book serves more as a reminder of "Oh Yeah, I knew that," than as a device to impart new knowledge into my skull. I learned some new things from this book, but the most beneficial part of this book was bringing all the things I know about computers back to the forefront of my mind so that they are fresh while taking the test.
It is also good for building up strength in the "security as a whole" areas. It's good to know how to lock down a system, but the test also wants to know if you understand what constitutes good information security as a concept, not a password.
The book, despite its thickness (~600 pages) is actually a relatively quick read. I got through it in about a month, reading it in my off time and as a nightcap. It took me about two days of direct study to review the majority of the stuff for the test after having read it.
***************Final Thoughts:There is a time and a place for everything. If you want to learn more about computer security, there are other books out there that will help teach you more about how to lock down a system and disable protocols. If you want to take what you already know and refresh it, as well as supplement it with a little bit of new information, this is the book for you.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Causality : Models, Reasoning, and Inference
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Authors: Judea Pearl
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
What is the cause of intolerance?

Pearl included an Epilogue containing a lecture he gave in 1996 entitled, "The Art and Science of Cause and Effect."
Pearl concludes the lecture by comparing his theory of causality to the first mathematical tool,the abacus: "But the really challenging problems are still ahead: We still do not have a causal understanding of poverty and cancer and intolerance, and only the accumulation of data and the insight of great minds will eventually lead to such understanding. "The data is all over the place, the insight is yours, and now an abacus is at your disposal, too. I hope the combination amplifies each of these components."

Unfortunately, virtually no advances have been made in learning the causation of intolerance nor how to rid us of it. And Judea Pearl suffered immensely because of that . . . Daniel Pearl, his son, was killed in Iraq due to intolerance. :-(

BTW, the book is great.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Business of Software : What Every Manager, Programmer, and Entrepreneur Must Know to Thrive and Survive in Good Times and Bad
Publisher: Free Press
Authors: Michael A. Cusumano
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Packed With Knowledge!

Even after the dot-com boom and bust, software remains the business world's glamour industry. In this insightful study, professor and industry expert Michael A. Cusumano skips the glitz and goes straight for the nuts and bolts. The result is a clear rendering of exactly what makes one software firm hit it big while dozens of others go broke. Despite a slight, occasional tendency to sound academic, Cusumano really explains why a well-run software company can be a gold mine. He carefully covers the best practices in the software development industry in depth and offers plenty of real-world case histories to add juice to what could have been a dry recitation. He even explains why you have to hold on so long when you call a mass-market software firm's toll-free number. We recommend this detailed book to software pros seeking insight into their industry, as well as to investors and to those who like inside stories about entrepreneurial adventures.