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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Computer Networking : A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: James F. Kurose, Keith W. Ross
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
First impressions are the most important.

For the most part, Kurose and Ross do a decent job of discussing networks and expanding your knowledge. However, some information they oversimplify to the point of being wrong. For instance, in their discussion of sequence number and acknowledgement generation they break down the TCP 3-way handshake and how data transfer impacts acks. Unfortunately, they fail on how FIN impacts these computations. There are more situations like this in the book, such as IP offsets. It is as if you were putting together a jigsaw puzzle. However, someone has trimmed some of the more intricate pieces, in an attempt to facilitate the puzzle being put together a little quicker. Unfortunately, this action has robbed you of some important details of the picture, and in the end it confuses the situation rather than bringing clarity.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective C++: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Design (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Scott Meyers
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An excellent book, well worth the price and time!

This was not my first "serious" C++ book, but it was certainly the most practical. Even though I didn't finish it one sitting (as did Stan Kelly Bootle) I did manage to finish it in about a month of steady reading; line-by-line, as it were. This takes the reader from the academic, beginner or even journeyman level, to consultant level. It isn't light reading, but it is well worth the time.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World's Most Colorful Company
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Owen Linzmayer, Owen W. Linzmayer
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
MacGeek chimes in

I quite literally grew up with the Macintosh computer family. I have owned at least one of every model every built in my 36 years. I've worked in service bureaus, design agencies, had my own consulting business and provide network sales support for a billion dollar corporation. I've attended over a dozen MacWorlds and have read just about every Mac publication ever written. Even with my background, I still learned a ton from this book. It is quite literally stacked with anecdotes, facts and insight on every page, almost to a fault. It's a good sit-down read and I find myself picking it up off of the coffee table a few times a week. I would definitely recommend this as a must read for any Mac aficionado.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Excel 2000/Visual Basic for Applications Fundamentals
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Reed Jacobson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great starter book for people unfamiliar with VBA Excel

This was my first book I used to learn the VB intricacies of Excel. Showed me step-by-step what is possible as far as developing a user application, with a VB fueled spreadsheet. One thing that I liked was code that removed all the users toolbars (makes the visual screen area maximized) and the upon closing, puts them all back. Had results in just about a week with some help from the Microsoft news groups (Excel related). Recommended as a starter for those unfamiliar with VB or Excel.