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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Simulations and the Future of Learning : An Innovative (and Perhaps Revolutionary) Approach to e-Learning
Publisher: Pfeiffer
Authors: Clark Aldrich
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An easy read that will have you thinking for a long time.

This book has a great casual style that makes it accessible to anyone, yet the ideas are significant.
It's pretty cool - he describes the process he went through to create a game to help people learn leadership skills. What I found interesting is how he came to define leadership, since he had to do it in a way that would permit 'quantization' and definition as a simulation. He admits that the ideas are not new, but I think his perspective is a fresh one. The way he has put them together is definitely new. The result is a visualization of leadership that plays on in your mind - great stuff.
It is also an interesting account of the process he went through when designing his simulation/game. When organized and well written, accounts of groups solving complex problems can be very illuminating, and this one certainly succeeds there too.
I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in leadership; e-Learning; and problem-solving.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Active Directory Cookbook for Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Robbie Allen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Wonderful Book!

I purchased my copy of the AD Cookbook last week from my local book shop. I just happened to find it as I was not looking for anything in particular but this caught my eye. It has not disappointed. Spent the first evening going thru all the vbs examples. Love how it has the web site so that you can cut and paste vbs examples. I've been dealing with Active Directory for over two years now and have done more than my share of scripts in that time. I've already added numerous snipets from this book. The recipe format is great in that it presents a 'problem' and then shows multiple ways of solving that problem using GUI, command line and scripting examples. This will be one of the few technical books that I read cover to cover. Yet the book will still remain on my book shelf afterwards for day to day examples.
I consider this a must have book and would be a good book for any range of experience, from beginner to advanced.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: A. Keyton Weissinger
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Too little too late

This book addresses an antique version of the ASP technology, which was long out of date even at the time of its release. It contributes nothing new, in material or organization of ideas.
This book is simply a non-starter. Go with the WROX books instead.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mac OS X Panther for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Bob LeVitus
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
A Hasty Job

I have found more faulty references in this book than helpful ones. I'll cite just one example. I wanted to find out more about the "Find" function in Panther, in particular about how to extract the location of the "found" file when I'm looking at a trail of unnamed "folder" icons. The index sent me to page 82 (the only reference to "Find"). The information there was a tiny paragraph languishing under the heading "Desktop Madness." It said, "Use the Files->Find command when you can't remember where you put it in a file or folder." (sic). Then the second and last sentence: "This command is a Mac OS X feature that really kicks some butt. I discuss it in detail in chaper 12." Guess what? Chapter 12 is called "The Fail-Safe Guide to Printing." No more references to "Find." You know whose butt I'd like to kick. Enough said.