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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Security+ Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram SYO-101)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Kirk Hausman, Diane Barrett, Martin Weiss, Ed Tittel
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Great Book - No Pass

This is a great book and it is very informative. It is a great suplament to any study course for the Security+ test. I read this book in conjunction with the SSCP book from Syngress publishing and the CISSP book by McGraw Hill in addition to using the Transcender Test. I can assure you that this still does not cover evnough of what is on the Security+ exam.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Simply Put: Good book Bad Layout

As a technical writer and a web/graphics designer, I was eager to read a book that seemed to focus in both areas of my professional life: content authoring and design. Jakob Neilsen has authored a sound book about the need for simplicity in both design and content. He goes to great lengths to provide examples of what works and what doesn't. I was especially pleased by the amount of time he spent on navigation. An area that MANY web designers are very weak in. As he says in his book, so many focus on "kewl" and forget usability. Hence customers don't return. Be warned though, that this book is not a weekend read. I really felt I was reading a college thesis and not a typical web reference. So be prepared, it is a bit dry. It is however worth plowing through. He points out some very good strategies for identifying and maintaining a strong structure for your designs and site content. One other thing to note is that as one other reviewer I noticed already alluded to the book's poor layout. While it is not very fancy, it is somewhat distractful to the content as it is rather amatuer looking; surprising since it is a New Riders book. In summary, it is a book worth buying, as long as you have the time to sit and read it through and through with a pot of coffee and a notebook. If not, buy something else.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Degunking Windows
Publisher: Paraglyph
Authors: Joli Ballew, Jeff Duntemann
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Just what I needed -- and in the nick of time!

What a great computer clean up book that is easy to read and understand. I especially like the first page of the book that offers a 12 step program on how to degunk your computer. Another clever idea that this books offers are quick things you can do for your computer when you have time limitations. This computer book is written in normal people talk and makes the attempt of cleaning out old files seem like a very easy task.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to SQL Server Architecture and Internals
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best SQL Server books I know

I have collected several SQL server books through the years. The three SQL server books that Ken wrote are the only ones I keep at work.