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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web-Based Training : How to Teach Anyone Anything Anywhere Anytime
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: William Horton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An Excellent Guide For Conducting Web-Based Training!

One of the most innovative and practical uses of the Internet in recent years has been providing what has been called Web-based training (WBT), to a variety of people online. William Horton has written Designing Web-Based Training to provide us with insight into the immense educational and training potential that the Web has to offer its users.
Horton points out many of the benefits of offering WBT: It can save money in production costs, company employees and college students can save money in transportation and lodging expenses, course material costs are very low, course instruction and materials can be made available to all participants anywhere worldwide at specific times or any time day or night, course content can be easily updated and broadcasted in a timely manner, and so on.
Readers receive detailed instructions for establishing their own training programs. All the necessary ingredients are here, including guidelines to create local and universal course content, log-on instructions, course announcement statements, policy statements, survey pages, course syllabus outlines, virtual classroom instructions, tutorials, interactive classroom exercises, testing, and contingency plans.
Horton provides guidance for formulating and communicating specific hardware requirements for virtual learning. Speakers, printers, microphones, video cameras, scanners, and CD-ROM's and/or DVD players are standard for most learning environments. Operating systems, software programs, monitor size, color coverage, screen resolution, and browser settings involving graphics, cookies, JAVA, ActiveX controls, and page updating are important considerations that cannot be overlooked.
Horton provides an excellent overall view of Web-based training. The planning, the creation of content, necessary hardware requirements, and incorporating new technologies are thoroughly covered. Companies, private organizations, and schools planing to take their classrooms and courses online will find this book both motivating and a good starting point from which to plan their moves. Web developers will find this book to be an essential guide to assist their clients to get online and produce good results. Must reading!

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
Everything you need and nothing you don't

The format of this book is fantastic - discussions on how to carry out over 320 system administration tasks, with solutions to each situation using the gui, the command line, and through scripting. Examples are in Vbscipt, but Perl versions are available from the author's web site. Note - this book does not teach you how to program! It dives right in, assuming you are a professional Windows admin who has some scripting knowledge. This is one of the attractions of the book for me - I've got 4 books that tell me how to use Vbscript and Perl already! I wanted a book that showed me what to do with that knowledge, and this is that book!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Digital Printing, Second Edition
Publisher: Muska & Lipman/Premier-Trade
Authors: Harald Johnson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A peer review from across the pond

Harald Johnson is an American photographer with a penchant for long distance swimming. You know, like swimming right round Manhattan island! [shudder]. Maybe that gives us a clue as to why and how he decided to tackle the daunting task of getting together THE master reference work that explains the new digital revolution. He saw that this was a big sea-change subject that needed to be tackled. He has taken the plunge and successfully produced something that will help to alter the way art is seen and made forever. I love this book and thoroughly recommend that you get a copy right now. -- Colin Ruffell, artist and printmaker, Brighton, U.K.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Grokking the GIMP
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Carey Bunks
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Outstanding book for those new to creating graphics

I have read through a lot of this book and it has helped me tremendously in understanding the basic concepts and techniques for creating and manipulating digital images and graphics using the GIMP. Although it does not cover plug-ins in any great detail, it does lay a solid foundation for learning and using them in the future. Aside from that, almost every other conceivable topic is covered.
After I finish reading this book, I am confident that I will be able to read through (and understand) the many GIMP tutorials available online without difficulty. If you are looking for a good introduction to image manipulation and the GIMP, this book does not fail to deliver in any regard.