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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: File System Forensic Analysis
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Brian Carrier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An essential reference for filesystem details

I am a digital forensics researcher, teacher, and practitioner and I find this book an essential reference for detailed analysis of filesystems, bringing together complete documentation for FATx, NTFS, ext2/ext3, and UFSx. In many cases, Brian's book provides invaluable experiential details, describing the behavior of a particular filesystem under a particular operating system in a much more detailed fashion than other sources.

The importance of the book extends beyond its usefulness to digital forensics practitioners, because it will also serve the needs of researchers developing more sophisticated, next-generation digital forensics tools.

I also intend to use the book as a supplemental text in an undergraduate operating systems internals course.

Highly recommended and a must buy if you're interested in "hardcore" digital forensics.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram 220-221, Exam Cram 220-222)
Publisher: Que
Authors: James G. Jones, Craig Landes
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good Starter Book

I am MCSE, A+, and CCNA certified and used this book as part of my preparation for the CompTia A+ exams.
This book features a cramsheet tear out that is better than most I have seen. It gives good reminders of the basics, such as: "serial cables usually have a DB9-9 pin connector." These tidbits won't get you through the exam, but do provide a quick review of the material. If you can't read and expand on a statement, such as the one above, then you need to study that particular area more thoroughly. The CD for this book includes practice questions that are also good for testing your knowledge of the material, but do not expect to see actual CompTia test questions here. Again, these questions are only good for measuring your progress.
I found the chapter format for this book refreshing and easy to read. Each chapter includes:
An overview of critical terms and concepts.Plenty of sidebars and graphic illustrations.10 question practice exam with good explanations of the answers.
This book overall presents an excellent overview of both the hardware and operating system exams and should be used in conjunction with Mueller's "Upgrading and Repairing PCs" classic (ISBN: 0789727455).

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: OCA/OCP: Introduction to Oracle9i SQL Study Guide
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Chip Dawes, Biju Thomas
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good Book but has some small problems

I just pass the exam 5 minutes ago, and I an so supprised I got 93.3% (4 wrongs). I bought two books for this exam(an oracle press one). But focused on this book. I think the question on the test is a little more difficult than practice test. Anyway, this book help me a lot. It is a good reference during the test. Only one question on the test is not covered in this book (about iSQL).

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX ActionScripting: Advanced Training from the Source
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Derek Franklin, Jobe Makar
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Really Good Flash Scripting for Novices to Intermediates

"Flash MX ActionScripting Advanced", by Derek Franklin and Jobe Makar, is for me as a novice Flash script writer very easy reading and extremely well presented. Actually, I began reading this text exactly at the point which interested me the most, namely at the last Chapter 17, "Loading External Assets", in order to create rolling banners comprised of individual animating flash movies. It was precisely this topic which lead me to buy this text. However, I could have easily been interested in sending and receiving data into a Flash "front end" from a server all of which is easily presented and understood in Chapter 11. It is this modular nature of "Flash MX ActionSripting Advanced" which is most compelling for me in recommending this text. I definitely appreciated also that there was a Windows/Mac CD disk for the source code and graphics necessary to complete each lesson chapter. As far as some other reviewers' disappointment that the ActionScript is not advanced enough for them, I would say that that critique may very well be true but simply and only for those advanced flashers. Look, Flash is difficult, no doubt about that. It not only comprises considerable graphics capabilities but also a mathematical capability called ActionScript which by the way almost always works in practically every and all browsers and operating systems unlike JavaScript (the technical reason for this is due to something called the DOM - Document Object Model - which is differently implemented in different browsers and different operating systems). For me, a novice, the ActionScripting presented in this text is given with considerable understanding for those persons ready to employ these mathematical capabilities of Flash at perhaps a beginning to intermediate level of expertise. Great for all of us Flash novices out there, a majority I would say! And the text does not discriminate as between Windows and Mac people!!