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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Solaris 9 System Administrator Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram 310-014, Exam Cram 310-015)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Darrell Ambro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is what you need to pass... period.

I've succesfully passed both exams on first try (91% and 84%).
It's very well written, very few mistakes. No fuss, no filler. At the end of the book, there are 2 prep tests (1 for each exam part) which are really good at mesuring how well you know your stuff (for 310-015, I got 87 on sample test and 84 on the real thing. Same for part 1). Also included 2 different sample tests on a CD.
I read the book once. Did some tests (the CD + freebies on the net). Then went back to the book once again. Did the sample test in the book, last minute checkup and bingo !
Although this book is focused on passing the exam, I really learned a lot of usefull stuff that I didn't know about (Jumpstart installation is one of them).
Now something about me. I've been a Solaris 2.6 admin from some 3 years now. But I only deal with a few app servers (no Solaris end-users = no NIS, Jumpstart, Printing). So I had no experience with that part of Solaris Administration.
So this one gets 5 stars. I you feel like you need another reference, I read some good stuff about the Calkins book. But whatever you do, don't go near the Osborne book (see my other review).
Good luck to everybody and happy holidays !

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering Windows 2000 Server
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Brian M. Smith, Doug Toombs, Mark Minasi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Master Win2K Server

I attended a training class for Alexander Hamilton Institute back in '94 that Mark Minasi taught. I never heard of him before, but I was very impressed with the coverage of Windows NT 3.51 and the touch of 4.0, Mark has never seemed to make me feel that I could ever find a better book. He explains things on a level that is fantastic. Over the years the level has came down..but never the less, I can read any of his books from cover to cover and learn information that I would have never crossed.
Cheers to Mark for his continuing fantastic work!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Quick, Clear, and Informative

Of all the HTML books that I have seen, Elizabeth Castro's HTML For The World Wide Web is the best. The format is simple and readable with plenty of examples and no wasted words.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Data and Computer Communications, Seventh Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: William Stallings
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Too many acronyms ....

This book was well written and covered a broad range of topics which gives the reader a good general knowledge of how digital and analog signals work and how they are encoded and decoded. The author is very knowledgeable however he needs to realize that his readers are (perhaps) not as smart or experienced in this field as he is. The extensive use of acronyms throughout the text make it difficult at times to fully understand what is being taught. I found myself paging back in the book to look up the acronyms just to understand what I was reading.
It would also be quite helpful if the author offered a study guide to accompany the text containg solutions the questions at the end of the chapter. Practice questions are a lot more helpful if the student actually has some way to verify that they are doing the questions correctly.
Overall the book was well written although the author should concentrate on using full terms instead of stating the term at the beginning of the book and using the acronym through out the rest of the text.