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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Inmates Are Running the Asylum : Why High Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Alan Cooper
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Cognative Friction in Computer Applications


In our rush to embrace all forms of computer use, we have allowed the design of such applications to become unnecessarily difficult to use. By allowing the programmers to also be designers, we have lost control of the entire genre. Allan Cooper says, ". . . we have abdicated our responsibility. We have let the inmates run the asylum."(p. 15) Cooper says that user either become "apologists" and make the systems work, no matter what, or they become "survivors" who doe the very least possible to get necessary work done, and go no further. Cooper proposes that programmers should be moved out of the position of designing the applications. User-friendly interfaces will be the result of moving true design engineers into the position of designers. This is a very well written introduction to the world of computer design. It offers clear insights and valuable propositions.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hacking Linux Exposed, Second Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Brian Hatch, James Lee, George Kurtz
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An excellent security book, excellent Linux book


I am very new to Linux. I've got a lot of windows experience and an MCSE, but recently my job has included a few Linux machines when other guys were downsized. Our Linux machines are the ones on the Internet, so security is relly important. I picked this book up after looking at four or five, and am really happy with my choice.The solutions they provide are clear enough that even a guy like me who is intimidated by Bash can make them all work. The desciptions of the attacks are very complete, and I learned a lot of network attacks that would affect windows machines, but were never explained in my MCSE training -- probably because only Linux has ways to defeat them.This book taught me a lot of Linux tips along the way too. I even followed along and have compiled a Linux kernel from scratch -- something I never expected to get from a security book in such easy to follow instructions.I recommend this book to any Linux user, new or experienced.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Basics of Design: Layout and Typography for Beginners
Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
Authors: Lisa Graham
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Easy to Understand


This book makes it easy to understand typography and layout. The author gives the reader a good grounding in typography and the basic principles of design, making it easy to improve your own designs and pages. Her explanations makes it a lot easier to pick the right type to go with the image and the topic. My designs have improved after reading this book.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: WCDMA for UMTS : Radio Access for Third Generation Mobile Communications
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors:
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Clear and informative


At last! A UMTS text you can read and understand. This book gave me enough detail to understand the standards and where they are going. The book has many diagrams and a list of all the features The features also have an explanantion of them in a language I could understand. If you want a 'quick starter' so that on Friday you open the book and on Monday you can 'speak' UMTS then this is the book you want.