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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Forensic Discovery
Publisher: Addison Wesley Professional
Authors: Dan Farmer, Wietse Venema
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
a trifle unsettling


A trifle unsettling. The authors go through ways to do analysis on a computer, to see if it has been broken into. They focus on unix and linux machines, though most of their work also pertains to Microsoft computers.

The discussion can also give you insight into how these operating systems run, and specifically how they handle file management. Because an understanding of the general picture is vital to seeing how an attack might be conducted.

Naturally, a lot of space is devoted to studying what rootkits can do, and the traces they might leave. But the authors also take us down to the hardware. One very insightful chapter delves into how deleted files might persist on your computer, and for how long. We all know how Peter Norton in the 1980s was the first to introduce an undo for file deletion under MSDOS. But this book goes further. The authors studied several computers for how long a deleted file's contents might actually still exist on the disk, before being overwritten. While they only studied a few computers, they claim, probably reasonably, that these had typical usage. One was an ftp and web server, for example. They found half lives ranging from 12 days to 35 days. So be careful! If those files are your sensitive data, more stringent measures might be needed to fully erase them.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: DHTML and CSS Advanced : Visual QuickPro Guide (Visual Quickpro Guide)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Jason Cranford Teague
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book! I still use the previous one for reference too


I thought i'd never need to refer to a DHTML/CSS book again (I thought the first DHTML and CSS Visual QuickStart book had covered it all) but a friend left this book on my desk and I couldn't bring myself to give it back.
Like the first book, this is not a 'repetitive review of the features' book, I'd call it a 'lets see what DHTML and CSS can do for us now' book. It both describes and illustrates the concepts and has nuggets of practical information that a hands-on person would immediately take to.

From overlooked but relevant optimal meta tag usage details like link relationships to accessing XML and using php with MySQL. You know the writer thought about what readers would need information
on. I highly recommend this book, with or without the first book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Complete Manual of Typography
Publisher: Adobe Press
Authors: James Felici
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Treasure Trove of What Goes into Great Looking Type


I always buy books with the idea of reselling on Amazon.com after I'm finished. It's not working in this case: My Felici looks like it's been left out in the rain and attacked by our dog. That's because I've dragged it everywhere while carefully making my way through it, a few enjoyable pages at a time. Very few books get that kind of time and attention. One measure of a technical book, I've found, is the completeness of its index. Felici's runs to fully 35 pages, in addition to a glossary of similar length! What's not there is also telling. Felici doesn't pad his book with type specimen pages or with machine- or software-specific how-to-do-it steps. This one is a winner!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cocoa(R) Programming for Mac(R) OS X (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Aaron Hillegass
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best way to learn


While I'll agree you need some programming experience to learn from this book, it says you need to know C++ or Java. I don't know either (I know VB and RealBasic) and yet am learning Cocoa very easily from this book.Like the two guys that reviewed before me, if you need your hand held to use the online documentation after the book teaches you how to put everything together for yourself (and tells you to look at the online docs) then you'll become frustrated with this book.You NEED this book if you want to learn Cocoa quickly and efficiently. I'm half way through the book and I'm very excited to use Cocoa thanks to Aaron and his book.